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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 07.10.2014 | 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 07.08.2014 | 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 06.23.2014 | 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 06.17.2014 | 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 05.02.2014 | 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...

Why Conservatives Are Willing to Let People Like Charlene Dill Die

Terrance Heath | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Terrance Heath

It's a stretch to say that Charlene Dill died because Florida Republicans rejected the Medicaid expansion. Dill died because of an untreated heart condition. Even if Florida had expanded its Medicaid program, she might still have died. But access to health care, treatment and medications would have given her a fighting chance.

Dem Senator Doesn't Like Florida's Direction Under Rick Scott

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) has repeatedly said he wouldn't jump into the race to unseat Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R). But that doesn't mean Nelson isn't...

Florida Republican Arrested After Leaving Taco Bell At 2 A.M.

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

"We need to be as elected officials held to a higher standard," said Florida state Rep. Dane Eagle (R-Cape Coral) last month after sponsoring a bill t...

Charlie Crist's Success Depends On One Area Of Florida

Sun Sentinel | Anthony Man | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics

Charlie Crist believes the secret to wresting the governor's office from the Republicans and placing it in Democratic hands lies in South Florida. He...

Dem Decides Against Challenging Newly-Elected GOP Rep After Big Loss

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics

Democrat Alex Sink announced Tuesday that she will not run for Congress this November, foregoing a rematch against David Jolly (R-Fla.), to whom she l...

How A Medical Marijuana Measure Could Boost Florida Democrats

AP | MICHAEL J. MISHAK | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics

MIAMI (AP) — Tied to an unpopular president and his signature health care law, Democrats in the nation's largest swing state see medical marijuana a...

This Moment Was Super Embarrassing For Rick Scott

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

When reporters asked Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) about reelection campaign ads that incorrectly imply 300,000 people in the state have lost their heal...

Florida Weighs Easing Mandatory Minimums In Drug Cases

Sun Sentinel | Tonya Alanez | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

TALLAHASSEE -- Having seven hydrocodone painkillers on you without a valid prescription can land you in prison with a mandatory three-year sentence. ...

Why Rick Scott Has A Hispanic Problem -- And Why It's Not Going Away

The Tampa Tribune | William March | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics

TAMPA -- Worried about his standing among Florida's Hispanic voters in the wake of turmoil over a major Hispanic fundraiser, Gov. Rick Scott is workin...

Appeals Court Rules Against Rick Scott's Voter Purge

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Florida Gov. Rick Scott's (R) effort to purge the state's voter rolls was illegal due to its close proximit...

Rick Scott Dogged By Campaign Turmoil

Sun Sentinel | Anthony Man | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

DAVIE -- -- Gov. Rick Scott had a lousy week, and it didn't get much better Friday. He couldn't even get a TGIF moment from a ceremonial ribbon-cutti...

Florida Republican Freaking Out Over Proposed Memorial To Union Soldiers

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

When a group of residents asked to add a monument to Union soldiers at the site of the largest Civil War battle in Florida, neither they nor park offi...