U.S. State Politics

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    SNL Imagines Jeb Bush at Coachella

    Pundits, Republican insiders, and pollsters all seem to think former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is planning on making a presidential run in 2016, but you're not a real presidential contender until you're properly parodied on Saturday Night Live. Well, on Saturday the show brought out new cast member Beck ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Wall Street Really Wants Jeb Bush to Run for President

    Because there are no two phrases Americans still recovering from the recession like to hear in the same sentence more than "Bush" and "Wall Street," Bloomberg News reports that Wall Street's money men are really hot on the idea of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush running for president in 2016.

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Miami Democrat Files Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana in Florida

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Stephen Colbert Warns Charlie Crist That Rick Scott Is a "Swamp Creature"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Charlie Crist and Rick Scott Statistically Tied in Latest Poll

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    82 Percent of Floridians Support Medical Marijuana, 48 Percent For Recreational Use

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Charlie Crist to Announce He's Running for Governor on Monday Morning

    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.

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Alex Sink Is Just Going to Run for a Congressional Seat

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    Some Tea Partiers Want to Recall Marco Rubio

    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.

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    Charlie Crist Writing Tell-All Book About His Breakup With Republican Party

    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.

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Pro-Rick Scott Satanists Are Actually Part of a Mockumentary

    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.

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    Rick Scott Silent on Gun Laws; Marco Rubio Supports Comprehensive Study of Gun Laws

    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. 

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    LeMieux: Now You're Not The Charlie Crist That I Used to Know

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    The RNC Just Forgot To Send Buses To Pick Up Florida's Delegation

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Dear Dems, Please Do Not Run Charlie Crist for Governor

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Rick Scott's "Docs vs. Glocks" Law Struck Down

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    David Rivera Cleared of State Charges Thanks to Lax Rules, Statute of Limitations

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Q Poll: Rick Scott's Approval Numbers Down Again, Obama Leads Republicans

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Rick Scott Won't Be Paying for All of His Re-Election Campaign This Time

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Newt Gingrich Robocall Claims Mitt Romney Took Kosher Food Away From Holocaust Survivors

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Newt Gingrich Decides He's the Marco Rubio to Mitt Romney's Charlie Crist

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Gingrich, Romney Ramp Up Florida Campaigning Ahead of State Primary UPDATED

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Former First Lady Carole Crist Apparently Cut Off Communication With Her Kids

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Romney and Cain Basically Tied in Florida, But Romney Does Better Against Obama

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Herman Cain Comes One Step Closer to Becoming America's First Black Vice President With Florida Straw Poll Win

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Poll: Mitt Romney Leads Rick Perry in Florida

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Gov. Rick Scott Makes Doughnuts, Gets Pink-Slipped

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Florida Senate Passes First Round of Anti-Abortion Bills

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Now You Too Can Incorporate Your Uterus!

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    State Legislators Want to Take Away Some of County Commissioners' Powers

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman Resigns

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Alex Sink Leads Rick Scott By One Point on Day Before Election

    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 >>

  • News

    October 28, 2010
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    October 26, 2010

    Rick Scott Acts Like a Drug Addict

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Dem CFO Candidate Loranne Ausley Will Now Bike 400 Miles To Get Some Attention

    "Bike Lane" Loranne Ausley​Ever 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Gay Adoption Ban Dead: Bill McCollum Will Not Appeal Ruling

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Marco Rubio to Appear with Sarah Palin This Weekend

    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.

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    DNC Member Wants Bob Graham To Hammer Out Deal Between Crist and Meek

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Supreme Court Considers Vaccine-Autism Case While New Times Probe Draws Ire

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Mel Martinez Stands Up to Jim DeMint and the Tea Baggers

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Mario Diaz-Balart Lies About Alex Sink's Stance on Arizona Immigration Laws

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    Election Day Races to Keep an Eye On

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Rick Scott and Bill McCollum Are Florida's Grand Wizards

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp Will Endorse Marco Rubio, Hasn't Spoken to Charlie Crist in Months

    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 >>

  • News

    July 29, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Charlie Crist Holds 11-Point Lead in Senate Race

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Rick Scott Has Business Connection with Mexican Playboy

    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 >>

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    December 3, 2009
  • News

    January 12, 1994

    The Amazing Crespo!

    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

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