Who the hell is Adrian Wyllie? Well, he's a military vet, an IT consultant and the host of a libertarian radio talk show in Pinellas County. He also might just be Charlie Crist's worst nightmare. That's because Wyllie is running for Florida governor on the Libertarian ticket and a new poll out thi ... More >>
The photo is reminiscent of a poster for The Sopranos. Three men dressed in natty suits with slicked-back hair saunter down a dimly lit, brick-paved alley. They leave little room to pass. It seems like they are intentionally blocking someone's path. The pretty boy on the left scrunches his face as i ... More >>
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. This week, Luke finds parallels between inner city violence and wars abroad. The Democratic Party in Florida is such a joke that its best candid ... More >>
Rick Scott, a man who ran the first time around on a later abandoned platform of bringing Arizona-style immigration laws to Florida, is now desperate to get the Hispanic vote in November. Someone at Scott reelection HQ noticed that Hispanics tend to like soccer, and with this whole World Cup thing g ... More >>
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi came under fire last week when she moved to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to have Florida recognize same-sex marriages from other states. In her brief, she wrote it would "impose significant public harm." Well, today Bondi released a statement reminding Floridians ... More >>
Will Florida's 2014 governor's race become the election that was over before it even began? Ever since Governor Rick Scott's approval ratings plummeted shortly into his tenure, rumors have floated that Charlie Crist would officially become a Democrat and trounce Scott in an election ... and that see ... More >>
Reubin Askew, the Democratic Governor who helped bring Florida into the modern age, died early this morning at the age of 85. Rated as one of the top ten governors of the 20th century by Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, Askew's legacy still resonates throughout the state. He supported ... More >>
Because Florida Republicans can't find a gun violence problem they don't think they can fix with more guns, a new bill that would allow teachers to pack heat in the classroom has passed its first state Senate panel.
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 >>
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 >>
Florida hasn't had a Lieutenant Governor for well over nine months, and the pressure is on Governor Rick Scott to finally get around to picking a replacement. After several candidates on a leaked short list publicly removed themselves from consideration, Scott seems to have expanded the search and a ... More >>
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 >>
Yesterday in a column torn to shreds by our northern brethren over at the Pulp, Palm Beach Post columnist Frank Cerabino suggested that Tim Tebow would make an excellent choice for Rick Scott's next lieutenant governor. Hold your groans. It's actually a brilliant idea. So elegant, so bold, so perf ... 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.
Rick Scott is personally reaching out to businesses in other states to try and get them to relocate to Florida. Which, OK, sure, we're all for, but because Scott is apparently and almost comically incapable of doing anything without controversy, it seems he's only trying to poach companies from stat ... More >>
Another day, another poll with bad news for Florida Governor Rick Scott. This time it's from Quinnipiac.The poll seems to show a case of too little too late for Scott. While Floridians largely agree with Scott's latest high profile decision to expand Medicare, less than one-third feels he deserves t ... More >>
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.
There's a big battle brewing between the Old Guard and the New Guard for the top leadership position of Florida's Democratic Party. Several South Florida Hispanic Democrats are voicing their displeasure with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's move to support Tallahasee's Allison Tant in next m ... More >>
Facing criticism that his voter reforms and refusal to extend early voting hours lead to Florida's election debacle on Tuesday, Rick Scott told a radio station today, "Well, I'm very comfortable that the right thing happened."Hmm, let's just check the definitions of "right" from Merriam-Webster.
If Fox News anchors are right (they're not) and Barack Obama is secretly a socialist (he isn't), the president sure is doing a pretty shitty job spreading his collectivist creed in the Sunshine State. On Friday, for instance, Florida's Secretary of State informed the Socialist Workers Party that it ... 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 >>
Hey, the Florida unemployment numbers are in for July, and -- oh no! What's this? A rise? We haven't seen one of these in 12 months.Yes, Florida's unemployment rate rose from 8.6 percent in June to 8.8 percent in July, the first increase after a steady stream of declines in the past 12 months.
By all accounts, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was supposed to fly this weekend to a lavish luxury resort with a couple dozen of her closest friends, family and colleagues (including Gov. Rick Scott) and tie the knot with her fiance, Dr. Greg Henderson. Then something happened. No one is actual ... More >>
Two separate polls now have shown that Florida's junior senator, Marco Rubio, wouldn't give Mitt Romney much help in his home state against President Barack Obama in November, but that hasn't stopped voters in the rest of the nation from thinking he'd be a pretty decent Republican running mate. He c ... More >>
Republican State Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff represents Fort Lauderdale, but during this year's legislative session she seems to be really intent on introducing bills that could forever alter Miami-Dade County. First she was behind the now-failed bid to legalize destination casinos in South Florida, ... More >>
Instead of talking about salient issues, the two contenders for Florida's GOP Senate nomination have spent the better part of the last week arguing over a dumb Charlie Sheen joke. Former Sen. George LeMieux cracked last week that rival Rep. Connie Mack IV was the "Charlie Sheen of Florida Politic ... More >>
According to polls Rep. Connie Mack IV is currently "#Winning!" when it comes to Florida's Republican Senate primary, but his campaign has hit quite a few snags this week. Sensing an opportunity to pounce, Mack's last serious remaining challenger, ex-Senator George LeMieux, called Mack the ... 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 >>
The Confederacy of Dunces that emerged to vie for the GOP presidential primary certainly must have some could-have-been candidates rethinking their decision. After the swift, and often surreal, rises and eventual falls of Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, and Herman Cain, the race is pretty much down ... 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 >>
We all know the Rick Scott administration isn't big on creating new government programs, but Scott's former chief of staff, Mike Prendergast, who now heads the state Department of Veterans Affairs, wants to institute a Florida Veterans Hall of Fame. Scott signed off on a bill authorizing the crea ... More >>
Jacksonville Mayor-elect Alvin BrownConservative Republican Mike Hogan was expected to walk away with the Jacksonville Mayoral race. He comes from a family so entrenched in the area, there's several streets that bare the Hogan name. He ran on a campaign promising no new taxes, smaller government, ... 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 >>
State agencies close every year on Veteran's Day, yet schools remain open. Some Florida lawmakers want to change that with the altruistic day that kids will spend the day visiting veterans and watching parades. Note to politicians: kids who get the day off from school just play Wii and watch Wiza ... More >>
Newly elected Rep. David Rivera's ethics troubles continue to be a source of shame for both his Republican party and his Miami-Dade constituency. The Associated Press has added more charges to his ever-growing list of suspicious dealings with money. The news wire reports that over the eight y ... More >>
Lt. Gov-elect Jennifer Carroll's ethics record may have looked squeaky clean compared to Gov-elect Rick Scott and his former company's record setting Medicare fraud, but it appears that Carroll's company may have been involved in scamming a government program too. The Florida Times-Union reports tha ... 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 >>
When we signed off with our last post here on Riptide last night Kendrick Meek was still running a campaign to be elected to the United State Senate as the candidate of the party with the most registered voters in Florida. When we woke up this morning that was still the case. So what happened in bet ... 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 >>
Dr. Gary Kompothecras, an influential political donor to Gov. Charlie Crist, is at the center of a controversial study.The U.S. Supreme Court today is scheduled to hear a case that could have a wide-ranging impact on hundreds of lawsuits that claim there is a direct link between autism and vaccin ... 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 >>
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 >>
Considering most runners in the 2010 Senate race haven't held a position higher than congressman, it might behoove anyone with a stronger resumé to think about entering the fray, and what better job to have in your past when seeking a Senate seat than senator? Reportedly, former New Hampshire Sen. ... More >>
It was pretty evident to anyone with basic reading comprehension skills that the part of Amendment 2 that read, "no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized," would ban civil unions in the Florida Constitution. Florida voters pa ... More >>