Rick Scott, once the nation's most unpopular governor, has managed to secure reelection in a race against former governor Charlie Crist. Crist had been a longtime Republican who switched parties, first to independent to run against Sen. Marco Rubio, and then to Democrat to run against Scott. Florida voters don't seem to have appreciated Crist's ever-shifting loyalties, even as they despised Scott almost as much. The race was a virtual toss up in the polls right up until the last week of the campaign, when Crist seemed to gain momentum. But Scott seems to have managed to mobilize the tea party activists who helped him win by 1 percent in 2010 as an outsider—even though many of whom were unhappy with him this time around.
Florida Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist traded barbs on Tuesday over the minimum wage, the death penalty and racism in the Republican Party in the third and final debate of a close, bitterly contested race for governor. Polls show the two in an expensive, neck-and-neck race for the country's largest swing state, saturated in recent weeks by tens of millions of dollars of negative TV advertising. This time, both candidates took the stage on cue, avoiding another repeat of last week's embarrassing debate-delaying squabble over a cooling fan.
Let’s talk about The Fan for a minute. Better yet, let’s consider The Fan. The Fan is now the hottest story in American politics. With good reason, because it was the strangest moment in a political debate this year, and precisely the sort of stupid thing that the Florida governor’s race deserves to hinge on. Last night’s debate between former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and current Florida Gov. Rick Scott got off to a late start. Both candidates were late coming to the stage. Crist showed up first, and the moderators explained that Scott was refusing to appear because Crist had a portable fan placed underneath his lectern, allegedly in contravention of the agreed-upon rules. After several minutes, Scott appeared, and the debate took place. You may watch, here:
Florida Governor Rick Scott failed to report more than $200 million in assets on state financial disclosure records, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday by the Democratic nominee for state attorney general. The complaint, which Scott's campaign dismissed as political "mudslinging," came days after two major state newspapers raised questions about Scott's financial disclosures and a blind trust he created after his 2010 election.
If you want to forecast the fate of the nation, it's tempting to play the Hillary and Mystery Date 2016 guessing game. But that's like determining wedding cake ingredients by the plastic bride and groom on top. If you want a picture of America two terms from now, ignore the national stage and gaze instead at the states, where failure is confirmed before it's applied to the rest of the country. Look to a Ponzi state running eternally on the next out-of-town sucker, administered by a gerrymandered GOP hammerlock and overseen by a man who the president of Public Policy Polling once said could be trounced by "a ham sandwich.
Months of mud-slinging by Florida Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist have made voters distrust both men in a hot race that is too close to call, according to a new poll released Wednesday. Six weeks before election day, the Quinnipiac University Poll found Republican Scott with support of 44 percent of likely voters, while 42 percent said they would vote for Crist, a former Republican running for his old job as a Democrat after he switched parties in 2012. Independent candidate Adrian Wyllie, a libertarian who is on the ballot, drew 8 percent, which could prove decisive on Nov. 4.
Gov. Rick Scott stuck his political neck out earlier this year to champion covering more of his state’s poor residents under Obamacare. But now talk of Medicaid expansion in Florida can, at best, be described as a hushed whisper. About half the states have signed on to Medicaid expansion, and the early enrollment numbers show it’s the brightest spot in the mostly dismal rollout of the president’s signature health law. In most of the states that did not embrace the federally funded expansion for 2014, debate will rage on about whether to join for the next year.
Florida Governor Rick Scott is planning a new effort to purge non-U.S. citizens from the state's voter rolls, a move that last year prompted a series of legal challenges and claims from critics his administration was trying to intimidate minority voters. Voter protection groups identified a number of errors in the state's attempt to identify people who are not American citizens on Florida's voter lists months ahead of the U.S. presidential election in November 2012.
Rick Scott has plummenting approval numbers, while Obama's increase in Florida.
Former Secretary of State Kurt Browning, who worked with Scott on cooking up the purge, has close ties to an astroturf group funded by David and Charles Koch. The guys who have committed hundreds of millions to defeat Barack Obama in November.
Florida's voter purge controversy, highlighted by 91-year-old veteran that is being forced to prove his citizenship.
A federal judge has ruled that Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) violated the Constitution last year when he ordered drug testing for state government workers.
New polls show Rick Scott may be most unpopular Governor in the U.S. How will this affect the elections.
If elected, one of Rick Scott's first acts as governor of Florida could very well be to choose someone whose job it will be to prosecute him.