2013 has not been kind to Marco Rubio. The year began with talk of Florida's junior senator being the savior of the GOP. But then the prodigal son got parched on national television and his insipid immigration reform was roundly rejected by fellow Republicans. In recent months, Rubio has begun movi ... More >>
Bill Nelson finally dragged his feet to supporting a bill that prevent job discrimination for LGBT citizens, but his fellow Florida senator, Marco Rubio, continues to sip on some watered-down Anita Bryant-style orange juice and has reiterated his opposition to the bill. What's his excuse? Oh, a bunc ... More >>
If you woke up this morning with a hard-on for sky-high interest rates, a hankering for anarchy, and hopes of seeing the sobbing shell of our once stately president crumpled over the corpse of Obamacare, then we have some bad news for you. Last night, Congress voted to end the 16-day government shu ... More >>
Apparently when it comes to the government shutdown battle over the implications of Obamacare, all Senator Marco Rubio has to offer is lame pop culture jokes. In the same day that Rubio said he will not vote for a deal to end the shutdown and raise the debt limit, he unleashed a new campaign site ca ... More >>
For the first time since he's taken office, Senator Marco Rubio's approval ratings among Floridians are now dipping underwater. A new Public Policy Polling poll finds that more Floridians disapprove of Marco Rubio's job performance than approve.
Have you ever shared your name with a Hurricane? It makes for a rather odd week when Hurricane [Your Name] is churning toward Florida and threatening to destroy it. Well, environmental advocacy group 350.org has come up with a new way to name Hurricanes that would spare people who happened to be nam ... More >>
Apparently there's a small but growing effort among Florida Tea Party members to recall their former hero Marco Rubio. There's just one problem: You can't actually recall senators in Florida. So first they will try to get a law passed that would allow a recall election in the first place.
Just last year Marco Rubio was dubbed the "Republican Savior." Now he's getting booed by the Tea Partiers who first helped him come to power, and that fall is reflected in several new national polls. Over at Five Thirty Eight, Micah Cohen analyzes Rubio's latest numbers. It's not a pretty picture, ... More >>
Marco Rubio's handling of the immigration bill may have left him bruised and beaten from both sides of the political spectrum, but that doesn't mean Florida's junior senator is about to shy away from controversial legislation anytime soon. For his next trick, the tarnished conservative Golden boy ... More >>
The response to the Supreme Court's decisions on gay marriage yesterday by both of Florida's senators couldn't have been more different. Democrat Bill Nelson released a terse 17-word statement supporting the decision, while Marco Rubio spent 482 words explaining why he doesn't he agree with it.
Everyone already hates Marco Rubio, from Tea Party activists who think his immigration bill is too liberal to LGBT activists who think it's too conservative. So why not alienate Cuban voters too? This seems like a surefire way to piss off Miami exilios at least. Rubio now says Cubans' 47-year-old ... More >>
Marco Rubio is taking it from all sides this week. Today, LGBT activists are staging a sit-in at Rubio's Tampa office. Tomorrow, he'll face protests near the same office from Tea Partiers who claim his stance on immigration is too liberal and pro-immigration reform protestors who think his immigrati ... More >>
As the U.S. Senate's immigration overhaul has inched forward, shepherded by our own Sen. Marco Rubio, South Floridians have hotly debated the most contentious issues: English-speaking requirements for immigrants, long wait periods for citizenship, a ban on LGBT benefits. But it seems we've ignored ... More >>
As the Senate wrangles over a compromise immigration reform bill -- pushed in large part by our own Marco Rubio -- a new poll suggests a huge majority of Floridians are eager to see any path to citizenship opened for immigrants. The poll finds 71 percent of Floridians back the reform, including a ... More >>
Earlier today Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen posed for the NOH8 gay rights campaign. Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio, who as a young man got his political start as an intern in Ros-Lehtinen's congressional office, made two jaw-dropping statements in which he firmly opposed gay rights.
Sen. Marco Rubio, the son of pre-Castro Cuban immigrants, has added a new amendment to his immigration bill that strengthens requirements that immigrants be proficient in English before being granted permanent residential status, also known as a green card. "On the day we announced the principles ... More >>
In a bid to stir up some PR and reaffirm his party's opposition to Obamacare, Florida Senator Marco Rubio proposed a constitutional amendment today that would effectively eliminate the personal mandate section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The thing has about zero chance of ac ... More >>
Throughout his rocket-ship ride to the top of the GOP, Marco Rubio has fought to keep some financial skeletons from tumbling out of his closet. There were thousands in questionable credit card charges, a six-figure student loan debt, the Tally house (shared with David Rivera) that went into foreclos ... More >>
Perhaps Marco Rubio's biggest flaws is his tendency to remain "open" to just about any right wing nonsense. He's the kind of guy whose flirted with the Birther movement before, and he refuses to take a position on exactly how old the Earth is. He wants to portray himself as a principled politician w ... More >>
Here are a few things that are true about politics in Miami: People love to spread crazy rumors about their political opponents; some of our politicians do indeed have quite a few skeletons in their closest; some of them (though, thankfully not all) are incredibly good at covering things up. So ... More >>
Hope you like a long, drawn-out campaign, GOP faithful! Because three years out from choosing a nominee to run in the 2016 presidential race, Republican voters aren't showing any inclination toward picking a favorite yet.Marco Rubio narrowly leads the field in a new Quinnipiac poll out this morning, ... More >>
Marco Rubio has never been shy about his rap fandom, telling GQ that Tupac's "Killuminati" is among his favorite songs and offering Spotify playlists packed with Kanye, Pitbull, and Flo Rida.But last night probably marked the first time Rubio took his hip-hop love to the Senate floor, where he quote ... More >>
Sure, he might have raised a lot of money selling those water bottles, but it appears Marco Rubio's response to the State of the Union didn't do him any favors in the favorability department.The GOP golden boy is accustomed to sterling poll results, but a new Pew poll shows that more Americans view ... More >>
Obviously, one of the very important political questions many of us had following Marco Rubio's State of the Union rebuttal and the gulp heard round the world was who would play him on Saturday Night Live? Obviously, the show couldn't resist, and sent out Taran Killam to play our junior Senator on W ... More >>
Look, ya gotta hand it to Marco Rubio. The young, conservative senator from Florida choked -- literally and figuratively -- while on national live television during the Republican response to the State of the Union address.The senator appeared sweaty and flustered before reaching for a bottle of wat ... More >>
Talk about trying to turn lemons into lemonade. Or at least into handsome water bottles to keep your lemonade cold.Yes, after Tuesdays' embarrassing "Watergate" flap, Marco Rubio is now literally selling water bottles with his name on them.
Marco Rubio -- the Tea Party's wunderkind, GOP's great not-too-white hope, and water's most awkward chugger -- had his moment in the national spotlight last night, delivering a rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union speech in both English and Spanish. The reviews are in, ranging from the D ... More >>
Last night, Florida Senator Marco Rubio was tasked with the high profile but ultimately thankless job of delivering the opposing party's response to the State of the Union. These things are almost always awkward (remember Bobby Jindal's Kenneth the Page delivery a few years back?), and never match t ... More >>
In an article teased "the Miami hotel that could pick the next president," Buzzfeed has done its best to paint Miami's Republican power base as a night time soap opera featuring the brewing battle between two favorite sons, all centered at the glamorous Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. They've even i ... More >>
Marco Rubio may be delivering the Republican response to Barack Obama's State of the Union speech tonight, but he won't be the only local face you'll see on TV. Desiline Victor, age 102, has been chosen to sit with First Lady Michelle Obama during the proceedings.
Marco Rubio continues to be everywhere this week, including peering out at you from the news stand on the cover of Time magazine. The last remaining major news weekly splashed "The Republican Savior" in big, bold yellow letters across the Florida Senator, but Rubio has taking issue with the characte ... More >>
Any doubts that the Republican party is pinning all hopes of recouping Hispanic voters on Miami's own Sen. Marco Rubio should be dispelled by the news out this morning: Rubio isn't just going to deliver his party's rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union speech next Tuesday, he'll be giving ... More >>
In further a effort to prove he's totally hip and with it, Sen. Marco Rubio sat down with Buzzfeed, a .GIF site with some political reporters, to discuss a wide ranging series of topics over beer with editor Ben Smith. Rubio discussed a number of issues, including his belief that gay right can ... More >>
Say bye, bye to Marco Rubio. He'll no longer be your neighbor. The superstar junior Senator has decided to sell his Miami home, and will move his wife and kids to Washington, D.C. according to The Daily Caller.
In Barack Obama's televised press conference today as he prepares for yet another fight with Republicans over raising the debt limit, the president took aim directly at Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Though, he managed to slam the Tea Party hero without directly mentioning Rubio by name.
It's not exactly news that Republicans have such a deep politi-crush on Marco Rubio that they'd like nothing more than to make him their 2016 nominee. Once again, Public Policy Polling has found that he's Republicans top choice.However, PPP also ran a head-to-head poll matching up Rubio against Demo ... More >>
Today is going to be a real bitch, Miami. No question about it. You're back at work already, but those three bottles of champers you chugged on New Year's Eve are not done with you yet. Right now, your head feels like Deadmau5 is spinning a set on your cerebellum.But there is good news. While you we ... More >>
We guess it's a sure sign that you really are a political superstar when men's magazine Esquire starts writing about your hair.The mag's website points out that Marco Rubio's hair is looking mighty thin up on top lately, and thinks the Florida senator is trying to overcompensate for it in all the wr ... More >>
Florida Senator Marco Rubio is unbelievably popular in his party. A full 62 percent of Republicans have a favorable opinion of Rubio. Just 8 percent have an unfavorably opinion. That's a positive 54 point split. Perhaps some of that appeal comes from the increasingly common idea floating in Republic ... More >>
Like most high profile politicians, Florida Senator Marco Rubio has a leadership PAC. His is titled Reclaim America, and has the stated purpose of "supporting candidates just like [Rubio] all across the country that will go to Washington to make a real difference for America's future."Unlike mo ... More >>
In the latest example of Marco Rubio giving confusing answers to basic questions that try to straddle the line between strict Bible bumpin' and sane, the Florida senator says that his faith informs him that homosexuality is a sin. Though, he went on to clarify that lots of things are sins.
Despite winning the majority of white voters, the Republican Party had their asses handed to them by minority voters last Tuesday. The beat-down has left the GOP in a race to figure out how, at the very least, to get more of the Hispanic vote.Bill O'Reilly has a novel idea. No, it has nothing to do ... More >>
Last night, Senator Bill Nelson cruised to an easier than expected reelection, and, because Marco Rubio has some decency, Florida's junior senator took to Facebook to congratulate Florida's senior senator. However, a lot of Rubio's Facebook fans were just not having it.
Marco Rubio was campaigning with Mitt Romney in Central Florida on Saturday when he got the call that every parent fears: his 12-year-old daughter Amanda had been airlifted to Miami Children's Hospital after being involved in a golf cart accident.Luckily, Amanda has now been released from the hospit ... More >>
Mitt Romney has enlisted Marco Rubio in his efforts to reach out to Latino voters, and the Florida senator recently cut two ads for the campaign in both English and Spanish. TBS late night talk show host Conan O'Brien spoofed the Spanish ad last night by cutting it up with ridiculous scenes from tel ... More >>
So, just in case Mitt Romney fails to deliver, Public Policy Polling decided to jump way ahead of things and conducted a poll asking Republican voters who they'd like to see as their candidate in 2016. Surprisingly, two politicians from Florida took the top two spots: Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush. Rubio ... More >>
From the first moment Marco Rubio toppled Charlie Crist in a senate primary in 2010, pundits have declared him a golden boy destined for a run at the White House. Rubio's spent the last two years positioning himself for a national campaign, and a couple days ago Republican voters picked Rubio as the ... More >>
Mitt Romney's still mum on who he'll pick as his VP to share the stage at this month's Republican National Convention in Tampa, but conservative voters sure aren't conflicted about who they'd choose. A new poll by CNN finds GOP-leaning voters want Marco Rubio as the veep by a wide margin.Of cou ... More >>
Marco Rubio introduced the The Olympic Tax Elimination Act, which aims to end the taxing the winnings and medal value of Olympians, with a bit of old fashioned, conservative anti-tax zeal. "Our tax code is a complicated and burdensome mess that too often punishes success, and the tax impos ... More >>