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Appointments Of Black Judges Nosedives Under Rick Scott

Tampa Bay Times | Steve Bosquet | Posted 09.15.2014 | Miami

TALLAHASSEE — After nearly four years, Gov. Rick Scott has appointed fewer African-Americans to Florida judgeships than either Charlie Crist or Jeb ...

President Obama Can Help Charlie Crist Win in Florida

John McAuliff | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
John McAuliff

Progresso Weekly has published an optimistic assessment of how Charlie Crist can regain the governorship of Florida as a Democrat, an important contest for Americans who want more rational relations with Cuba.

Samantha Lachman

GOP Congressman Held A Male-Only Fundraiser That's Straight Out Of 'Mad Men' | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics

The “small group of concerned men" invited to a Republican congressman's fundraiser were instructed to "tell the Misses not to wait up" so they coul...

Samantha Lachman

GOP Rep Says He Voted To Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act, Leaves Out Key Detail | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) isn't the only congressional Republican up for re-election who is touting his support for t...

Rick Scott's Staff Kept Records Secret For Mansion Project

Times/Herald Bureau | Mary Ellen Klas | Posted 08.28.2014 | Miami

TALLAHASSEE — The idea made sense: Create a "governor's park" around the Florida Governor's Mansion to spruce up the entrance by buying up shabby co...

Crist Wins Democratic Primary In Florida Governor's Race

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics

Charlie Crist has won the Democratic primary in the Florida governor's race, the Associated Press reports. Crist, who served as the Sunshine State'...

Samantha Lachman

This Week's Primaries Are An Amazing Collection Of Crazy | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican primary to succeed Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) will indicate whether voters wish to nominate a candidate that Brewer hers...

Oops! Rick Scott Campaign Does It Again

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics

It seems Florida Governor Rick Scott's (R) re-election campaign won't be shedding its bumbling reputation anytime soon. For the second time, the campa...

Group Suggests Medical Marijuana Will Lead To Date Rape By Pot Cookie

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics

There's been a lot of chatter about Florida's upcoming vote on medical marijuana legalization bill, Amendment 2. But No On 2, a campaign partially...

Florida Lawmakers Approve New Map For Congressional Districts

AP | GARY FINEOUT | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature on Monday swiftly approved new maps that will alter several of the state's co...

GOP Billionaire Wants To Fly Nation's Tallest American Flag Over Miami

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics

A wealthy Republican fundraiser wants to erect a 500-pound American flag high over downtown Miami as a "sign of gratitude for many of us who weren’t...

Even This Gun Owner Thinks Florida's Gun Laws Have Gone 'Too Far'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.04.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

From eating habits to sexual activity, doctors ask their patients all types of questions to assess behavior that could create long-term health risks. ...

After Rick Scott's Secret Trip, Guess Who Got A Post?

Times/Herald Bureau | Michael Van Sickler and Craig Pittman | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics

TALLAHASEE -- A month after Gov. Rick Scott took a secret hunting trip to the King Ranch in Texas last year, he faced a big decision. A seat had co...

Divorce Case Could Prompt 3rd Florida County To Topple Gay Marriage Ban

Miami Herald | Steve Rothaus | Posted 07.31.2014 | Miami

It's a Catch-22 for a lesbian who wants to get married to her new partner. Heather Brassner's spouse cheated on her four years ago and then disappe...

Rick Scott's Missteps Have Florida Republicans Worried

AP | By BRENDAN FARRINGTON and GARY FINEOUT | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Scott is a multimillionaire and flies in a private jet, yet his campaign decided to criticize Democrat...

Why Florida Leads the World in Weird

Paul Ratner | Posted 09.07.2014 | Weird News
Paul Ratner

People have blamed Florida on migration patterns, old people, politics, weather, economics and whatnot. Maybe all of those things have something to do with it, but maybe they don't.

Where's The Charity?

Times/Herald Bureau | Michael Van Sickler | Posted 06.30.2014 | Miami

TALLAHASSEE — While Gov. Rick Scott and his Democratic rival Charlie Crist have waged a bitter public relations battle over the release of their tax...

Charlie Crist Accused Of Causing 'Lost Generation Of African-Americans'

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics

A mysterious political action committee is airing radio ads in Orlando, Florida, accusing former Gov. Charlie Crist of disproportionately harming Afri...

Illinois Is in Good Company: Check Out the 10 Most Corrupt States in the US

Madison Bondi | Posted 08.17.2014 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

I don't need a Google search to tell me that Illinois has become synonymous with political corruption. Just look at our track record of governors: four out of the last seven have been to prison (or are still in prison).

New Poll of Cuban Americans Confirms Growing Support for Engagement With Cuba

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
William M. LeoGrande

A bold U.S. president now has an opportunity to establish a legacy no less historic than Nixon's opening to China, and to do so at relatively little political cost.

Ex-Lt. Gov.: Working For Rick Scott Was 'Bad' For Minorities | Steve Bousquet | Posted 05.14.2014 | Miami

TALLAHASSEE — More than a year after she was forced from office, former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll continues to antagonize her former boss, Gov. Rick...

Democratic Recruit Drops Out Of Florida House Race

AP | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics

MIAMI (AP) — A top Democratic recruit is dropping out of a key congressional contest in Florida after facing questions about the credibility of his ...

Rick Scott Is STILL Trying To Drug Test Poor People With Kids

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

His push to drug-test poor people with children has already been rejected by federal courts, but Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) isn't taking "No, tha...

David Rivera Is Running For Congress Again Despite FBI Investigation

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics

It takes a lot to shock the political watchers of scandal-plagued South Florida. Disgraced former U.S. Rep. David Rivera did it Thursday night by ...

This Rick Scott Event Didn't Go As Planned

South Florida Sun Sentinel | Anthony Mann | Posted 04.30.2014 | Miami

Gov. Rick Scott visited a senior center Tuesday to warn about cuts he said Obamacare is forcing in a popular version of the Medicare health program an...