U.S. State Politics

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    October 20, 2014

    Fangate Didn't Matter: New Poll Finds Crist and Scott Are Still Tied

    For all the Colbert and Daily Show hilarity and the week's worth of Twitter hot takes, did Fangate actually matter in the race to decide who will be Florida's next governor? Not according to a new poll out this morning. The Republican-leaning 0ptimus firm finds the two candidates virtually tied -- ... More >>

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    October 15, 2014

    Rick Scott Almost Bailed on Televised Debate Because Charlie Crist Got a Fan Onstage

    Long before they could tackle issues like Florida's economy, education funding or crime rates during tonight's televised debate, Gov. Rick Scott took a proud stand on a far more important issue: Charlie Crist's fan. Crist, for the uninitiated, has always insisted on having a fan blowing his direct ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    Rick Scott, Once Connected to Mexican Playboy, Criticizes Charlie Crist Over Strip Club Donations

    Charlie Crist took campaign donations from owners of a strip club, and Rick Scott's campaign is kicking up a fuss about it. Which is really actually funny because back in 2010 Rick Scott had to fend off criticism about his business connections to the Mexican edition of Playboy. What a strange bu ... More >>

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    August 29, 2014

    Florida Primary Voter Turnout Lowest Its Been in 16 Years

    Just 17.5 percent of Florida's registered voters bothered to turn out for Florida's primary election on Tuesday. That's the lowest turnout in a state-wide election in the state in 16 years. The last time voter turnout was lower was when only 16.6 percent of Floridians bothered to turn out for the 19 ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    Scott Leads Crist by Six Points in Latest Poll

    Leave it to Florida Democrats to somehow screw up a race that less than a year ago seemed impossible to lose. According to the latest poll released by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Rick Scott leads Charlie Crist by 3 points in a head-to-head match up. That lead increases to six points when Libe ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014

    Charlie Crist Chooses Miami's Annette Taddeo-Goldstein as Running Mate

    Charlie Crist hasn't even won the Democratic primary yet, but he's already picked his general election running mate. Crist tapped Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, a Miami businesswoman who has made a few unsuccessful runs at office before and now is the chairwoman of the Miami-Dade Democrats and vice chair ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014
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    June 24, 2014

    The Ads in Charlie Crist-Rick Scott Race Are Getting Ugly

    We're still five months away from when Florida elects a new governor, but the latest round of advertisements in the race have gotten ugly. Florida Republicans are urging television stations not to air a new ad from Democrats highlighting the legal problems of Scott's former companies. Meanwhile, ... More >>

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    January 31, 2014

    Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush Still Presidential Favs in Florida; Christie Takes Hit

    When it comes to presidential candidates, Floridians greatly favor people who are related to someone who has already held the job. A new Quinnipiac poll shows that Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are the presidential favorites among Democrats and Republicans respectively, with Hillary being the favorit ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    Rick Scott Sued For Not Picking New Lt. Governor

    It's been over nine months since former Lt. Gov Jennifer Carroll resigned in disgrace, and Rick Scott has still not picked a replacement. Sure, it's not like the lieutenant governor, and as long as Scott doesn't bite the dust, Florida can run pretty smoothly without one. But new lawsuit claims that ... More >>

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    December 17, 2013

    Even Rick Scott's Internal Polls Show Him Losing to Charlie Crist

    In addition to the public polls touted by the news media, politicians have pollsters taking the public's pulse for their own internal campaign purposes. Usually when those internal polls get leaked to the press its because they're more favorable to the candidate than the independent media polls. We ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    Donald Trump Makes $25K Contribution to Pam Bondi's Campaign, Even Though Pam Bondi Should Be Investigating Him

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi just got a big, fat $25,000 contribution to her reelection PAC from one of Donald Trump's foundations. Which is sort of odd, because many feel Bondi's office should follow the lead of New York's attorney general and investigate Trump's shady online "Trump Universit ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    Counting Down the Richest and Poorest Local Legislators

    It's the time of year when South Florida politicians must reveal their net worth to their constituents. So Riptide is here to let readers know which Miami-Dade state legislators are ballin' like the Bawse at his King of Diamonds birthday party and which ones are probably living on a steady diet of r ... More >>

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    June 26, 2013

    Defense of Marriage Act Is Unconstitutional, Supreme Court Rules

    In a major move toward gay marriage equality, the Supreme Court has ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act -- which denied federal benefits such as social security survivor payments to gay couples -- is unconstitutional. What does that mean for Florida's gay couples? State law still forbid ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    March Against Monsanto This Saturday: Senator Maria Lorts Sachs to Speak

    The whole GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) thing has been a big deal for quite some time now. After the failure of California's mandatory labeling initiative, Prop. 37, in November, activists across the country rallied to raise awareness about GMOs. Then came the 'Monsanto Protection Act'. Hidd ... More >>

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    February 27, 2013

    Charlie Crist and Rick Scott Tied in Latest Gubernatorial Race Poll

    It might have seemed that Rick Scott's defeat in the 2014 gubernatorial race was pretty much a done deal a year before the campaigns even really began, but the latest poll shows Scott might not be such a pushover. The poll of 600 registered voters conducted earlier this month shows Sc ... More >>

  • News

    January 31, 2013
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    January 17, 2013

    Floridians Prefer Rubio Over Bush for Prez in 2016, But Like Hillary Clinton Even More

    Another day, another poll that shows that while Marco Rubio is the clear early frontrunner for the Republican nomination in 2016, he can't quite match up to Hillary Clinton in a general election yet.The latest poll from Public Policy Polling was only of Florida voters, and shows that Rubio would bea ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    Charlie Crist Officially Became a Democrat Today in Full Out Media Spectacle

    Charlie Crist was officially wed to the Democratic party today in a quiet ceremony attended only be close friends and family. The pair had announced their engagement over the weekend at a White House Christmas party.Just kidding. The former Republican governor turned a Pinellas County elections offi ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012

    Barack Obama Loves Rick Scott's Tweet

    Politics make strange Tweetfellows. While Mitt Romney has tried to claim Florida's economy under Barack Obama has been lagging, Florida Governor Rick Scott has maintained, for his own political future, that the economy in the state is improving.So, while it might be strange that the Barack Obama cam ... More >>

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    September 12, 2012

    Sorry Charlie: Alex Sink Actually Democrat's Favorite In 2014 Gov Race, According to Poll

    Earlier this week, we brought to your attention to an odd poll that claimed 61 percent of Democratic voters wanted former Republican Charlie Crist to be the Dem's gubernatorial candidate in 2014. The numbers seemed way off, and now a new poll is out showing that actually Alex Sink, who ran for gover ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012
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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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    March 26, 2012

    Tea Party Disappointed Rick Scott Hasn't Been a Bigger Tea Party Wingnut

    Reality, or something sort of like it, has finally caught up to Gov. Rick Scott. The Tea Party activists that help elect him? They're apparently not so enamored of Scott any longer. The leaders of what remains of the movement are not too pleased with Scott's performance as governor thus far, even th ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Marco Rubio Tops Vice Presidential Poll

    Marco Rubio has certainly been mentioned several times by Republican candidates as a possible running mate, and it appears that GOP voters agree. Fairleigh Dickinson University released the findings of a poll today in which they asked 799 registered Republicans across the country who they'd like to ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Mississippi Pol Wants to Rename Gulf of Mexico "Gulf of America"

    ​The Gulf of Mexico may soon be known as the "Gulf of America," at least in the state of Mississippi if a recently introduced bill in the state's legislature passes.Sure, in a world where Republicans on the federal level actually succeeded in renaming "French fries" as "freedom fries" at governmen ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    Is Rick Scott The Real-Life Slender Man?

    ​We expected the Republican primary to be a horror show. But we didn't know it would come to this.If you're an Internet dweeb (like, uh, this friend we have, yeah, that's how we know about this stuff), you've already heard the legend of Slender Man. He's an evil shape-shifter that first appeared o ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Rick Scott Still Trying to Figure Out Exactly What His Campaign Promises Meant

    Back when he was running for Governor, Rick Scott promised that he'd add 700,000 jobs in Florida over seven years in addition to what the economy would produce regardless of who was Governor. It seemed like a simple enough promise at the time, but now ten months into his term he's still ap ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Carole Crist Privately Asked if Charlie Should Run for Governor As a Democrat

    ​Florida's own Lady Macbeth, Carole Crist, apparently isn't a big fan of being just a simple trial lawyer's wife. She married a superstar politician after all, so maybe it's no surprise she's privately asking about the possibility of hubby Charlie Crist making a return to politics -- this time, ho ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Poll: Rick Perry Leads Florida GOP Primary, Even Though He's Not Running

    ​Florida Republicans don't seem to know what to make of the rag tag bunch seeking the Republican presidential nomination, so much so that a recent poll shows that the favorite nominee in the state is a guy that's not even running. Yep, apparently Florida GOPers can't get enough of various Governor ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Report: Rick Scott Pushed to Completely Eliminate Florida Highway Patrol

    ​Rick Scott wants to be known as the job creation governor, but almost seven months into office he's become more known for what he's destroyed, or tried to. After killing Florida's federally funded high-speed rail program, and reports that he attempted to do away with Citizens Property Insurance, ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Miami-Dade Election Results: Julio Robaina and Carlos Gimenez Heading to Runoff

    ​With all precincts reporting, former Hialeah mayor Julio Robaina and former county commissioner Carlos Gimenez will be heading to a runoff election to determine Miami-Dade's next mayor, to no one's great surprise. Meanwhile, the noble campaign of our own columnist Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbel ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011

    Where's Rick Scott's Birth Certificate, Hmmm?

    ​Despite little evidence to the contrary, President Barack Obama offered further proof today that he is in fact a natural-born American citizen by producing his long-form birth certificate. With that issue sorted out, we now call on the American media to investigate the circumstances of Rick Scott ... More >>

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    February 14, 2011

    More Than One in Five Floridians Seriously Considering Moving Out of State

    Well, it could help create jobs in the moving industry. ​Despite the fact the rest of the country has been a veritable snow hell recently while Florida has remained largely frost free, a new poll finds that more than one out of every five Floridians is thinking about moving out of state. That's pr ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Rick Scott's Budget is a Political Mess

    ​Rick Scott introduced his budget this Monday to cheers at a Tea Party event inside a Eustis, Florida, church. Back in the reality of Tallahassee, though, the new governor's plans haven't been greeted with much enthusiasm. Even Republican lawmakers aren't sure it's a workable budget. Scott is faci ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011

    Journalists Abhorred That Rick Scott Won't Let Them Wear Flip Flops To His Press Conferences

    Governor Rick Scott and the press corp that covers him are now in a full out war, according to Politico. The press isn't happy at the perception that Scott is trying to limit their access to a state Government, that in principal at least, has traditionally tried to be transparent and open. Scott and ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Justin Bieber Will Not Perform at Rick Scott's Inauguration, Just to Clarify

    via WikiCommons​Maybe there's little value in reporting a rumor that's already been proven false, but this one is so bizarre we can't pass it up. Apparently, last night at a meeting of the capital city commission, Tallahassee Police Department Maj. Lewis Johnson said that teen pop superstar Justin ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Sexting Your Girlfriend While Stuck in Traffic May Soon Be Illegal

    State Senator Evelyn Lynn (Republican) wants to protect us from our text-message-addicted selves​If state senator Evelyn Lynn has her way, there will be no more rush-hour digital hankypanky on Florida highways. In fact, there would be no more digital anything allowed while driving in the Sunshine ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Rod Smith Will Be the Next Chair of the Florida Democratic Party

    ​Hey, looks like Rod Smith will finally win an election. The failed candidate for Governor in 2006 and Lt. Governor in 2010 is all be guaranteed to be the next chair of the Florida Democratic Party. Supposedly Smith's record of astounding personal failure in statewide races and wishy-washy moderat ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Rising Star Andrew Gillum, 31, Enters Race for Florida Democratic Chair

    ​Florida Democrats desperately need a Marco Rubio of their own, and 31-year-old Andrew Gillum, a commissioner for the City of Tallahassee may be the answer. He's not running for statewide elected office (yet, anyway), but has entered the race to replace Karen Thurman as the chair of the Florida De ... More >>

  • News

    October 7, 2010

    Legalize marijuana in Florida

    The Sunshine State has the nation's stiffest pot penalties, but everyone seems to be lighting up.

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    September 24, 2010

    Jeff Zucker Resigns as Chief of NBC Universal: Are Florida Politics in His Future?

    ​After months of speculation, Jeff Zucker has involuntarily resigned as head of NBC Universal. The Homestead native and graduate of North Miami Senior High who did time as a freelancer for The Herald, was largely believed to have "failed upward" into his role President and CEO of NBC Universal. Hi ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Meet Jennifer Carroll: Even Rick Scott's Likely Running Mate Didn't Think He Should Be Governor

    ​According to several sources, Rick Scott is expected to announce state Rep. Jennifer Carroll as his running mate today. Looking just at her identity and life story, she's an explosive pick: the first African American woman elected to the state legislature as a Republican, an immigrant from Trinid ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    State Reps Juan Zapata and Esteban Bovo Slam Arizona Immigration Law

    via myfloridahouse.govRep. Juan C. Zapata, the first Colombian-American in Tally, pledged to fight Arizona-style reform.​While Bill McCollum and Rick Scott tussle daily on the airwaves over who will be meaner to immigrants, a diverse group of state leaders -- including Tallahassee's first Colombia ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Lawton "Bud" Chiles III to Run for Governor as an Independent

    Three way action seems to be all the rage in Florida politics this year, and now the Governor's race is about to get a some-what high profile third wheel. Lawton "Bud" Chiles III, the son of former Democratic Governor and Senator Lawton Chiles says he plans to run for Governor with no party affiliat ... More >>

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    November 3, 2009

    Random Kennedy Clan Member Reportedly Eyeing Governor Race

    via Best Buddies​A Kennedy cousin is apparently mulling the idea of entering the family business by making a bid for Florida's Governor's mansion and challenging Florida CFO Alex Sink in the Democratic primary, according to Naked Politics. Anthony Shriver -- son of VP candidate Sergeant Shriv ... More >>

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    November 2, 2009

    News Roundup

    Early turnout for local elections has been very light. [Herald]The fight to save Miami Marine Stadium after 17 years of neglect is still on. [CBS4]Police are investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy who was found at the bottom of a swimming pool in Southwest Dade. [Herald]PoliticsState Sen. Paula ... More >>

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    November 26, 2008

    Sink To Announce 2010 Plans Soon

    A group of devoted fans have already started a Draft Alex Sink website, but they were hoping Florida's CFO would run for Governor. Turns out she may have her eye on Washington instead. The Hill is reporting that Sink will make an announcement very soon as to the future of her political career, but t ... More >>

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    November 13, 2008

    GOP Govs Stuck At a Fork in the Road

    Two main camps of thought are emerging at the Republican Governor's Conference as to what the Party's most pressing concern is. On one side you've got this "We've lost our way, and our credibility on fiscal conservative policy thanks to Bush and his $11.3 trillion dollars debt and his record $438 bi ... More >>

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    November 12, 2008

    News Roundup

    Yes, there will be a bunch of Republican Governors in town this week, but will they be able to accomplish anything? [Time] Oh sugar, sugar. A new deal with US Sugar was announced yesterday. It would put their lands in public hands and theoretically would be beneficial to the Everglade, the company a ... More >>

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