Would you like to be carrying 2.5 ounces of marijuana right now? How about tending your own marijuana garden at home with up to six plants? Or would you rather buy marijuana from a store and have the tax proceeds go to the state? Well, call your state senator and tell them you support SB 1562! Th ... More >>
To promote his new book, The Party's Over, and kick up buzz about his campaign for governor, Charlie Crist stopped by The Colbert Report last night. Of course, that meant some prime Rick Scott joke opportunities for Colbert, and the host asked Crist if he was afraid of Scott. "You're not afraid th ... More >>
Maybe this governor's race isn't totally over before it even began. Back in August, when Public Policy Polling asked Floridians whether they plan to vote for Charlie Crist or Rick Scott, Crist had a 12-point lead. Now, for its first poll in the new year, PPP has found Crist's lead has shrunk to just ... More >>
Smoke it if you've got a prescription. That's what the vast majority of Floridians say about marijuana. A new Quinnipiac poll shows that 82 percent of Floridians support the use of medical marijuana. But only 48 percent support decriminalization of small amounts of pot for recreational use, which, ... More >>
On Monday it becomes official. After more than a year of speculations, Charlie Crist is reportedly set to announce he's running for Governor as a Democrat. What was once Florida's biggest political "What if?" scenario is actually happening.
Aside from Senator Bill Nelson, former CFO Alex Sink is the only Democrat to get elected statewide in Florida in recent memory, which makes her one of the party's highest profile pols. She ran a close race with Rick Scott for governor in 2010, opted out of a rematch, and now she's decided she's just ... 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.
It's a story of broken trust, backstabbing, and revenge. It's Charlie Crist's upcoming book. Yes, Florida's most famous Republican turned Democrat is penning a tell-all book about his journey from "Ronald Reagan Republican" to Obama-hugging Democrat, and it's coming out this winter.
So remember when we pointed you to a press release touting members of a Satanic church rallying for Gov. Rick Scott and wondered if it was a real or some high level trolling? Turns out it was the later. Florida's Satanic Temple is only slightly less real than Manti Te'o's girlfriend.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott -- a man who has signed laws forbidding doctors from asking about patients' gun ownership and forcing municipalities to stop enforcing stricter local gun laws -- was silent today about gun laws when asked about the Sandy Hook massacre.
Charlie Crist is getting awfully cozy to the Democratic party by endorsing Obama and planning to speak at their convention. It's been awfully uncomfortable for George LeMieux. Crist employed LeMieux as his campaign manager and chief of staff, and then appointed him to the Senate.Now, LeMieux has spo ... More >>
Florida's Republican delegation hasn't exactly been getting the warmest welcome at the party's national convention in Tampa. First, Tropical Storm Isaac forced Rick Scott to cancel his big prime-time speech. Then, insiders floated the idea of taking away Sen. Marco Rubio's big moment introducing Mit ... More >>
Dear Democratic Party of Florida,Rumors have been swirling that Charlie Crist would be joining your party ever since he got his ass handed to him Tea-Party style in the 2010 Senate race. Now there's very specific gossip going around that he'll announce his official membership in your party in a Sund ... More >>
Miami-Dade voters went to the polls today to vote on a long ballot filled with primary battles for both federal and state level legislative races, and the first (and in some cases, possibly final) rounds of the county mayor race, and several county commission seats. Longtime Miami-Dade State Attorne ... More >>
Yesterday, Florida's lieutenant governor, Jennifer Carroll, laughed off accusations that she was caught in her office with a female aide between her legs by saying, "Usually black women that look like me don't engage in relationships like that." That remark has enraged black women who engage in rela ... More >>
Another month, another one of Rick Scott's controversial laws struck down by a federal court. This time around it's a strange NRA-backed provision that banned doctors from asking patients about owning a gun. A Miami-based federal judge had already placed an injunction on the law, and last week struc ... More >>
Bad news, you guys: it appears the chances that Sofia Vergara will ever be Florida's first lady have dwindled. "Wait," you ask, "there was a serious chance Sofia Vergara could have been the first lady of Florida?"Well, she was dating Nick Loeb, some rich guy from a powerful and politically connected ... More >>
No one really disputes the facts: While he was a powerful state representative, David Rivera accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars for an obscure post as a state "committeeman." Investigators say he spent at least $65,000 from the funds on dry cleaning, dental bills, pet care, and even travel co ... More >>
Man, Rick Scott can't catch a break. Back in January his approval rating was 38 percent. Yeah, that's still pathetic, but for Scott they were amazing and perhaps a sign his popularity could be improving. Well, no such luck. In the latest Quinnipiac Poll he was back down to 36 percent. Meanwhile, ... More >>
Florida Governor Rick Scott sunk about $70 million of his own money in his successful bid for election in 2010. He won't be up for election again for more than two years, but he's already gearing up his campaign. However, this go-around he won't be paying for it all out of his own pocket. A polit ... More >>
Newt Gingrich is all but certain to lose today's Florida Primary, but he's not going out without a fight. In a last-ditch effort to secure the Jewish vote, Gingrich's campaign is running Robocalls in Florida claiming that as governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney literally took Kosher food out of ... More >>
No former speaker of the House knows better how to turn the tides against a well-funded, establishment-backed governor in a Republican primary in Florida than Marco Rubio, so it's no surprise that Newt Gingrich is now publicly drawing parallels between his own campaign and Rubio's 2010 victory. G ... More >>
UPDATE: Turns out Rep. Ron Paul is dumping us -- though it looks like he has mailers going out to voters, Politico reports his campaign is skipping the Florida primary to concentrate on caucuses in February, a decision likely informed by Paul polling horribly&nb ... More >>
Even though her husband has been out of office for nearly a year, former first lady of Florida Carole Crist still makes the gossip pages. First there was the news that she was registered as a Democrat and was openly asking top Democrats if her hubby Charlie Crist had any chance of reclaiming ... More >>
It's like Republican voters don't know what's good for them. Poll after poll shows that Mitt Romney is the most viable candidate against Barack Obama, but they keep jumping around to the more conservative icon of the moment.The latest poll of Florida voters from NBC News and Marist [PDF] shows th ... More >>
A bunch of the state's Republican activists gathered this weekend at the Presidency 5 conference and held one of those crazy, meaningless straw polls of which they're so fond. Of course, with a wide-open and ever-changing Republican field, the contest did take on extra meaning. Texas Gov. Rick Pe ... More >>
Despite Michelle Bachmann's recent Iowa straw poll victory, don't be surprised if the GOP field eventually winnows to Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. If the latest Florida poll numbers from McLaughlin & Associates are any indication, the two are at the top of the pack. Plus, both are showing tra ... More >>
Doh! and Nuts!On his first day returning to his "hard-worker roots," Gov. Rick Scott got served. Yesterday, Florida's leader was behind the counter of Nicola's Donut Shop in Tampa taking and handing out orders as part of his image rehabilitation campaign to connect with regular folk ravaged by un ... More >>
The major issue of the 2010 election was the economy, and Florida voters chose to further entrench Republican power in Tallahassee. Of course, you can't put a bunch of Republicans in a legislative chamber and not expect them to pass a bunch of anti-abortion, anti-woman legislation. It's just what ... More >>
Last week, Democrat state Rep. Scott Randolph made House Republicans uncomfortable when he dared to say the word uterus on the House floor. He suggested that his wife "incorporate" hers to get Republicans to stop mandating what she and other woman do with it. Although Florida Republicans are ... More >>
With an election set in a week to recall Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez and County Commissioner Natacha Seijas the air of reform is steadily streaming through County Hall, but two state lawmakers don't just want a change in leadership. They want to see the powers of Miami-Dade County Comm ... More >>
Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman has offered her resignation letter. Even though she had reportedly been telling several folks even before this month's elections that she was preparing to retire, the election results drove home the fact that the state party desperately needed a shake ... More >>
Quinnipiac University's latest Florida poll numbers are significant because, well, it's a day before the election. It is also one of the first polls taken after "debate gate." The Governor's race remains super tight with Alex Sink leading Rick Scott by only a single point. It's a completely differen ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke denounces Rick Scott.Voters next week will decide Florida's new governor. Rick Scott, the Republican, has announced plans ... More >>
"Bike Lane" Loranne AusleyEver since Lawton Chiles embarked on a 1,003 mile walk across Florida and ultimately became the state's Senator in an upset victory, some candidates in the state have had a habit for folksy campaign stunts. There was Bob Graham's working days, Kendrick Meek's&n ... More >>
Martin Gill and his sons are now legally a familyAn appellate court's decision that Florida's ban on gay adoption will stand, meaning potential gay parents through out the state will be able to adopt. Attorney General Bill McCollum's office had until 5 pm today to decide whether or not to ... More >>
Tea Party dreams do come true! Two stars of the conservative movement, Florida's Republican senate candidate Marco Rubio and right wing queen bee Sarah Palin will share a stage this weekend in Orlando. Somewhere an eagle is surely weeping with joy.
Bob Graham, the deal maker?Jon Ausman is a representative for Florida on the Democratic National Committee, and boy does he have a good idea on how to prevent Marco Rubio from winning the senate race. He wants former Governor and Senator Bob Graham to sit down with Charlie Crist and Kendrick Meek ... More >>
Despite the fact the outrageous fight for his former seat, former Senator Mel Martinez has been relatively quiet on the political front. Though Martinez, who also had brief stints in George W. Bush's cabinet and has chairman of the Republican National Committee, is now speaking out against his party ... More >>
Rick Scott, now the official Republican nominee for Governor, has made Arizona-style immigration laws a main issue in the election. The controversial laws are none-too-popular amongst Hispanic voters (in fact, some are theorizing that Bill McCollum's hard right flip-flop in favor of them may have ... More >>
Will Bill McCollum and Kendrick Meek hold back the two millionaire candidates? Will Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado's blossoming political machine get his daughter a seat on the Miami-Dade School Board? Will Dorrin Rolle survive his scandalous year to win another term to the county commission? Wi ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke claims Democrats are missing in action in the governor's race.The Democratic Party is out of sight and out of mind in the ... More >>
Kottkamp (right) and Crist (left) in happier times with some old guy, we think Sarah Palin's grandpa.Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp will betray the man who helped raise the former Ft. Myers-area state rep from political obscurity to, um, political semi-obscurity by announcing he's endorsing Marco Rubio f ... More >>
A young Charlie Crist being awarded his guarantee as Florida's next senator way back in Nineteen Seventy-Something. It has been fated.When Charlie Crist announced his candidacy for Senate, everyone kind of threw up their hands and thought, Well, guess ol' Charlie is gonna be our next senator. But ... More >>
Suddenly surging Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott has so, so much money we really can't expect him to know what he's done with it all. Though, surprisingly for a guy who's built a sizable portion of his platform around bringing Arizona's controversial immigration laws, that some see as ... More >>
Whether agitating on behalf of Florida's film industry or aiming cruel barbs at state officials, ex-con activist Al Crespo is a gadfly with an attitude