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    October 23, 2014

    Polls: Florida Governor's Race Locked in a Dead Heat

    How tight can a governor's race get? Tighter than Rick Scott's terrifying debate smile? Tighter than Charlie Crist's artificially orange skin? Yep, that's how tight the race for the Florida governor's mansion has gotten, according to a pair of new polls. The fresh Quinnipiac and Rasmussen polls bot ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014

    Rick Scott Proposes Raising Education Spending to $232 Per Student

    Rick Scott announced plans this morning to raise per student spending on education in the state to its highest levels ever. Interestingly, the announcement came just a week after likely Democratic challenger Charlie Crist criss-crossed the state in a yellow school bus reminding people how much Sco ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014

    What Is Progressive Choice? The Mysterious Group Race Baiting Charlie Crist

    Just days after launching a radio ad in the Orlando market blaming Charlie Crist for "for a lost generation of African-Americans," the mysterious political group Progressive Voice is back with a new ad running in North Florida that calls one of Crist's marquee political efforts as a Republican State ... More >>

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    June 11, 2014

    Rick Scott Has Pulled Even With Charlie Crist by Spending Boatloads of Cash

    Need more proof that spending dump trucks full of cash can win elections in America? Take a look at Florida's percolating governor's race, where Rick Scott -- yes, the same guy who has had trouble cracking 30 percent approval ratings for the past four years -- has suddenly pulled even with likely ch ... More >>

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    May 13, 2014

    Seattle Man Facing Prison Time for Punking Florida Republicans With "Copycat" Voter Purge

    Remember when in the summer of 2012, just months before the presidential election, Gov. Rick Scott launched a purge of potentially ineligible voters? Thousands of Floridians -- including World War II veterans -- mistakenly received the threatening letters. The state spent hundreds of thousands of do ... More >>

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    January 9, 2014

    Chris Christie Gone in Florida. Rubio Rising.

    Big news today is that New jersey Gov. Chris Christie fulfilled everyone's political expectations and killed his own candidacy for the Republican nomination for presidency in 2016. A top aide, it seems, pushed for "traffic problems" in the city of Fort Lee as retribution against a mayor who wouldn ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    Charlie Crist First Web Ad Aimed at Rick Scott: "It's Not Working"

    If there's any doubt left that former Republican governor Charlie Crist is really going to challenge Rick Scott as a Democrat next year, his new web ad released alongside the relaunch of his website should erase them. It's not technically a campaign ad since Crist hasn't officially announced his can ... More >>

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    October 16, 2013

    Florida Dems Pick Up a State House Seat in a Special Election

    Less than a year after gaining seats and ending the Republican's supermajoirty in the state house, Florida Democrats picked up another seat last night in a bit of a special election upset. Despite being out-funded by a near 3-to-1 ratio, first time candidate Amanda Murphy beat Republican Bill Gunter ... More >>

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    October 2, 2013

    Charlie Crist Leads Rick Scott by 12 Points

    Charlie Crist hasn't officially announced his candidacy yet, but with Alex Sink deciding to forgo another run, there's a good chance he'll be the Democratic candidate for governor in 2014. And, if this latest Public Policy Polling survey is any indication, there's a good chance he'll be governor onc ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    Will Rick Scott Pick Charlie Crist's Former Best Friend as Lt. Gov.?

    Florida has been without a lieutenant governor now for 100 days, and Rick Scott has shown no signs that he's going to pick a replacement anytime soon. Though, an intriguing name has been circulating in political circles: Former Senator George LeMieux. Yes, Charlie Crist's former best friend and chie ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    If Your Facebook Pic Is Red Today, Maybe Take Five Seconds to Let Your State Legislators Know You Support Domestic Partnerships

    If you've been on Facebook in the past 24 hours, you've surely noticed the explosion of people using a red version of the Human Rights Campaign's logo to express their support for gay marriage as the U.S. Supreme Court hears two potentially landmark cases. That's very nice and all, but the Supreme C ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013

    Mother Jones: Vomit-Caked Florida Wakes Up Next to Rick Scott With a Tea Party Hangover

    What did our mothers tell us about overindulgence? "Oh no, don't worry about it. We swear we're just going to have one more cup of this tea," we all said back in 2010 while we were busy here in Florida electing anyone remotely connected to the Tea Party. Next thing we knew, we blacked out and found ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio Starring in New Hot Primetime Soap The Biltmore, According to Buzzfeed

    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 >>

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    January 16, 2013

    Poll: Charlie Crist Has 14-Point Lead Over Rick Scott in Gov. Race

    If recent Democrat convert Charlie Crist decides to run for governor, as he's widely rumored to do, he'd wipe the floor with incumbent Republican Rick Scott 53 percent to 49 percent. Though, several other possible Democratic candidates also beat Scott in head-to-head match-ups, Crist leads Scott by ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    South Florida Tea Party Now Embarrassed by Term "Tea Party," So They're Changing Their Name

    While talk of the Tea Party dominated coverage of the 2010 election, the group's influence took a massive nose dive in 2012 and the very term "tea party" just doesn't carry the same weight it once did. So leaders of the South Florida Tea Party have decided to change its name. The group will now be c ... More >>

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    January 11, 2013

    Satanists To Rally in Favor of Rick Scott

    A group of people who usually worship the Dark Lord of Hell will convene latter this month lend their support to the Dark Lord of Tallahassee.Yes, members of the Florida-based Satanic Temple will gather on the steps of the Governor's office on January 25 to rally in favor of Florida Governor Rick Sc ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    Gov. Rick Scott Stops By City of Miami Commission Meeting to Tell Everyone They're Doing a "Great Job"

    Around 4 p.m. today, Florida governor and über-tool Rick Scott popped into the City of Miami Commission meeting to say "hello." Why? We assume because it's never too early to start campaigning for re-election.Introduced by Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Rick Scott spoke for about 30 seconds to tell ev ... More >>

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    January 9, 2013

    Rick Scott Gave a $1.6 Million Tax Subsidy to Gun Company

    Florida Republicans are perhaps the most loyal lapdogs of the National Rifle Association. So maybe it's not much of a surprise that Rick Scott gave a gun manufacturer a "sweetheart" $1.6 million tax subsidy back in 2011.

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    December 17, 2012

    Victoria Jackson Has Predictably Insane Reaction to Sandy Hook Shooting

    Victoria Jackson is a deranged, right-wing lunatic.Victoria Jackson is a deranged, right-wing lunatic. Victoria Jackson is a deranged, right-wing lunatic. Victoria Jackson is a deranged, right-wing lunatic. Victoria Jackson is a deranged, right-wing lunatic. Victoria Jackson is a deranged, right-win ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    Big Time Democrats (Including Bob Graham) Warming Up To Idea of Charlie Crist Running for Governor as Dem

    Are Democrats warming up to the idea of Charlie Crist becoming their 2014 nominee for governor? Over the weekend, two high profile Florida Democrats took the airwaves and seemed to have nothing but nice things to say about Crist, including Bob Graham, who even after years out of office remains one o ... More >>

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    October 5, 2012

    Poll: Romney Back in Lead in Florida

    Has Mitt Romney crawled his way back into the lead in Florida? According to a new poll released today by Rasmussen Report, he's now leading President Obama by about two points (within the margin of error) in Florida.It's the first poll conducted in Florida since Wednesday's debate, but it also comes ... More >>

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    September 4, 2012

    Poll: Democrats Want Charlie Crist to Switch Parties, But They Don't Need Him to Beat Rick Scott

    Charlie Crist's latest flirtation with the Democratic party may not please all Democratic officials in the state, but Florida's Democratic voters overwhelmingly want him to officially register as a Democrat. And although some theorize Crist may run against Rick Scott for governor in 2014, the Dems d ... More >>

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    August 31, 2012

    Condoleezza Rice and Marco Rubio Are The GOP's Golden Tokens

    Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. Today, Luke explains how minorities rise up the ranks of the GOP.During her speech at the National Republican Convention last week, former Secret ... More >>

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    July 11, 2012

    Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll Accused of Lesbian Fling With Top Aide

    In a stunning series of accusations, Florida's lieutenant governor, Jennifer Carroll, was allegedly caught in a compromising sexual position with a top female aide.Of course, the claims are coming from a former Carroll staffer who was fired and is facing third-degree felony charges for illegally tap ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    Mitt Romney Likes Rick Scott's Controversial Drug Testing Laws

    Mitt Romney may preach smaller government, but he doesn't mind the government getting all up in your body fluids. The Republican presidential candidate said today that he "doesn't disagree" with Florida Governor Rick Scott's controversial plan to drug test state workers.

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    May 3, 2012

    Poll: Romney Inches Past Obama in Florida

    Most polls of Florida voters taken in the past few months have shown President Barack Obama with a slim but definite lead over Mitt Romney, but now that Romney is all but the official nominee it seems that he's now taken the slimmest of leads in the Sunshine State according to the latest Quinnipiac ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    Ann Coulter: Jeb Bush is "Embarrassing to the Republican Party"

    ​We're not sure that you can get more embarrassing than the current state of the GOP primary, and we're not the only ones who seem to think so. Even a still-anonymous top Republican senator seems to hope that a new candidate jumps in and take the nomination in a contested convention. His preferred ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    Five Fictional Republicans We'd Rather See Campaigning in Florida This Week

    Our fellow Floridians, another round of primary elections is upon us and with it comes the usual sleazy political drama. Attack ads clog our airwaves; politicians deliver lofty promises they can't keep; and national news organizations have another chance to bring up the "hanging chad" incident.This ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Rick Scott Won't Offer Primary Endorsement: Both Newt and Mitt Breathe Sigh of Relief

    It's not exactly like anyone was chasing the big Rick Scott endorsement anyway, but today Florida's popularity challenged governor made it clear that he will not be endorsing anyone ahead of the state's Republican primary. We doubt either Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney will lose much sleep over being ... More >>

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    December 30, 2011

    Gambling Industry Fueling Next Year's Election Season

    In the past year, parimutuel and casino companies have contributed over a million dollars to state legislators and Republican political action committees as the gambling industry gears up for a combative legislative session in 2012. The stakes are high. State Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff and Rep. Erik Frese ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Ron Paul, President of Straw Polls, Wins Miami Straw Poll

    ​If the American electorate was made up of straws, gold dealers, and that odd type of overly enthusiastic libertarian (who just happens to ignore the more socially progressive parts of being a true libertarian), Ron Paul would certainly be elected emperor for life. Of course, that's not how Americ ... More >>

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    October 5, 2011

    The Tea Party Has a New Enemy in Florida: Water Fluoridation

    ​Despite being a common practice in developed countries for nearly 70 years and dubbed "one of the greatest public health achievements of the century" by the CDC, water fluoridation has joined the likes of Charlie Crist and Barack Obama as the latest enemy of the Tea Party in Florida. Tea Par ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    Rick Scott Pays Just $360-a-year For His Taxpayer-Subsidized Health Insurance

    According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average health plan costs an American family $13,770 in premiums a year. Governor Rick Scott pays just $360 to insure himself and his wife thanks to a state Government plan he's enrolled in. Yep. the average American pays 38.25 percent more for their he ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    South Florida Tea Party Publishes Smorgasbord of Lies

    ​The South Florida Tea Party posted some shocking statistics last week: Compared to England and Canada, Americans have better cancer survival rates, a larger proportion of healthy low-income seniors and better treatment of diabetes.It also said only 8 percent of President Barack Obama's cabinet ha ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Allen West Actually Lives in Debbie Wasserman Schultz's District

    ​In a situation only slightly less perplexing than being your own grandfather, it turns out that Rep. Allen West is not his own congressman. In fact, the Republican who represents the 22nd District actually lives in the neighboring 20th District represented by Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schu ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Charlie Crist Would Crush Rick Scott If He Ran As a Democrat in 2014

    ​We don't believe a guy as politically ambitious as Charlie Crist would be happy for long at an ambulance-chasing law firm. Though, now that he's left the Republican party there are few clear paths for him to get back into any office. Unless, of course, he becomes a full-fledged Democrat. A new Pu ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    Obama's Approval Ratings Get Big Bump in Florida

    The 2012 election is still 17 months away, but the latest numbers from Quinnipiac show hopeful news for Democrats for the first time in month. President Barack Obama's approval ratings are back above 50 percent in Florida since 2009, and more Floridians say they would definitely vote for him than a ... More >>

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    April 11, 2011

    Mitt Romney is the GOP Front-Runner in Florida, Maybe

    Mittens in guayabera. ​Back in 2008, Mitt Romney came in second place to John McCain in Florida's GOP primary, a loss that signaled the beginning of the end for his campaign. Perhaps though the Sunshine State could prove warmer to Romney's presidential hopes a second time around. A new poll from M ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    Even Republicans are Angry Rick Scott Declined High-Speed Rail Funds

    Even some Elephants prefer to travel by train. ​Rick Scott's decision to decline $2.4 billion in federal funds to build a state-of-the-art high-speed rail system in Florida continues to draw anger, ire and confusion today even from many Republicans. Today, a veto-proof majority of 26 state senator ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010

    Poll: Barack Obama Would Beat Marco Rubio (and Every Other Republican) in Florida

    ​Florida just elected two far-right politicians as its next Governor and Senator, and now Republicans have veto-proof majorities in both houses of the state legislature. So, Barack Obama can kiss his chances of repeating his 2008 Florida win in 2012 goodbye, right? Well, not according to a new sur ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Frederica Wilson Gives Up on Fight to Wear Hats on House Floor

    The floor of the United States House of Representatives will remain a boring chapeau-free waste land. Representative-elect Frederica Wilson will give up on her erstwhile fight to get Speaker-elect John Boehner to end a ban on hats while the body is in session.

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    December 1, 2010

    Arizona-Style Immigration Bill Introduced in Florida Senate

    ​Well, with Rick Scott set to take the Governor's chair and Republicans with super-majorities in both houses of the legislature, it was only a matter of time before the Florida GOP got cracking on delivering Arizona-style immigration laws in the sunshine state. Senate President Pro Tempore Mik ... More >>

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    August 16, 2010

    Rick Scott's New Ad About Ground Zero Mosque, Which Is Nowhere Near Florida

    ​Billionaire businessman Rick Scott has so much money to spend on TV ads in his self-funded quest to buy the governor's seat that it seems he has run out of issues that matter to Floridians. Now he's just buying airtime to apparently talk about any old thing on his mind -- well, any highly controv ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    Alex Sink Leads Bill McCollum in Poll for First Time in Months; Too Bad She Still Trails Behind Rick Scott

    ​As Rick Scott and Bill McCollum battle for the Republican nomination in the gubernatorial race, is Democrat Alex Sink silently waiting to pounce? New poll numbers suggest she's increasingly viable again as the Republicans duke it out and potential independent spoiler Bud Chiles gains steam. The s ... More >>

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    March 27, 2009

    Conservatives May Want Rubio To Challenge Crist in Senate Primary

    You would think the Republican party would start trying to find ways to be a more inclusive group. Instead, operating under the assumption that when the democrats make one major screw up, voters will have only one choice to turn to: a newly, ideologically pure Republican party. Now, The Tampa Tribun ... More >>

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    February 3, 2009

    Why Would Charlie Crist Want to Be a Senator Anyway?

    Charlie Crist officially announced he's going to keep us in suspense until May regarding whether he'll run for Senate or re-election as governor. This pretty much freezes up the Republican side of things until then. Rubio, Mack, and Buchanan can declare all they want, but nobody is going to be writi ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    Debbie Does the DNC

    It's not often that Republican reps Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and the Diaz-Balarts must be happy about announcements of new Democratic leadership, but the buzz today that congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be elected vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee must have them smiling. As co ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008

    News Roundup

    60 percent of Americans think we should change our policy towards Cuba, and President-elect Obama may likely take steps to normalizing relations if free elections and freeing of political prisoners is part of the package. Wow, it feels so good to write President-elect Obama. [Local 10] The Herald wa ... More >>

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    October 24, 2008
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    November 8, 2001

    Waiting for Otto

    Why would a man sullied by Iran-contra and illegal propaganda campaigns be a Bush nominee? Good question.

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