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@AdamSmithTimes Florida Republican party leaders gathered in Tampa Saturday for their quarterly board meeting, and we heard a fair amount of chatter about an potential upset in the upcoming election of a new chairman of the state GOP. Gov. Rick... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Naked Politics
@AdamSmithTimes It's no secret that Florida is essentially several different states in one. How one area of Florida views the world - and votes-- is often quite different than how another does. The Times/Herald tried a little experiment today, monitoring... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Naked Politics
@AdamSmithTimes Charlie and Cafrole Crist hopped out of a staffer's car in front of the downtown St. Petersburg elections office and a crowd of nearly 50 started singing happy birthday. Today is the former and maybe future first lady's 45th... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Naked Politics
@AdamSmithTimes The folks at America Votes, a coaltion of 32 Democratic-leaning labor and other advocacy groups in Florida, are gearing up to defy conventional wisdom that says Democrats tend to stay home in midterm elections. After the jump, read the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Naked Politics
Charlie Crist is receiving generous support from trial lawyers and teachers in his campaign to unseat the lavishly funded Rick Scott, but his single-most important ally may prove to be California billionaire Tom Steyer. Steyer, a hedge-fund manager and environmental... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Naked Politics
@AdamSmithTimes You remember a few weeks ago when DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz caused an uproar in saying Wisconsin Gov "“Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand"? Turns out the overheated rhetoric was not entirely new. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Naked Politics
@AdamSmithTimes The race between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist for Florida governor has long been seen as a toss-up, and recent polls bolster that perception of a campaign that could go either way. But conventional wisdom among Florida's political elite... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Naked Politics
Charlie Crist's latest TV ad takes aim again at Rick Scott's education budget cuts at the start of the Scott administration's term: "They don't fly on private jets or float on fancy yachts, but the job Florida teachers do couldn't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Naked Politics
@AdamSmithTimes Sorry for the poor quality of this video, but the state GOP won't publicly release many of its ads in the governor's race, so we had to make do. The latest spot highlights the positives things Charlie Crist has... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Naked Politics
The Charlie Crist campaign back in April summoned Tampa Bay reporters to Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts to hear "important news" from Crist. Reporters and local dignitaries and Democratic activists turned out, and eventually Crist strolled up accompanied... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Naked Politics
@AdamSmithTimes A newly released Mason-Dixon poll conducted on behalf of Telemundo (conducting the first gubernatorial debate Oct. 10) and Leadership Florida/Florida Press Association (conducting a debate Oct. 15) shows Rick Scott leading Charlie Crist 43 percent to 41 percent, within... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Naked Politics
@AdamSmithTimes <p>The Republican Party of Florida for reasons we can't understand has decided not to release anything about many of their TV ads on behalf of Charlie Crist,or even announce new ads. Here's the latest that's running in every market... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Naked Politics
Amid all the murky charges and countercharges Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are hurling at each other on TV, Crist is intent on informing voters about something clear and undisputable: The property insurance industry much prefers Scott in the governor's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Naked Politics
@AdamSmithTimes We checked out a Q&A session today with the executive directors of the Florida Republican and Democratic parties, Juston Johnson and Scott Arceneaux, at a Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists (FAPL) conference in Tampa. Quick takeways: **One word. Johnson... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Naked Politics
@AdamSmithTimes SARASOTA — Rick Scott, in some respects, makes it easy on journalists. If a reporter misses something he says in an interview, maybe even spaces out for a moment, it doesn't really matter, because Scott is certain to say... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Naked Politics
@AdamSmithTimes 24 August 0 Comments It took weeks for Rod Smith to endorse Jim Davis for governor after their bruising 2006 Democratic primary, and in 2002 Janet Reno did not even concede the gubernatorial primary to Bill McBride for a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Naked Politics
@AdamSmithTimes The latest Survey USA robo poll for WFLA-8,shows Rick Scott leading Charlie Crist, but within the 4.2 percent margin of error. From WFLA: Gov. Rick Scott has a 3-point lead over Democrat Charlie Crist, heading into the week before... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Naked Politics
With Barack Obama's approval ratings lately barely cracking 40 percent, plenty of Democrats will keep their distance from the president heading into the midterms, just as Alex Sink did she when ran for governor in 2010. Not Charlie Crist, who... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Naked Politics
@AdamSmithTimes A newl poll of likely Florida voters for the Republican-leaning Florida Chamber of Commerce finds Floridians increasingly bullish on the direction of the state, and Republican Gov. Rick Scott leading likely Democratic nominee Charlie Crist 44 percent to 41... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Naked Politics
@AdamSmithTimes Charlie Crist's three-day bus tour concludes Friday with to-be-announced event in Miami, after campaign stops in Tallahassee and Jacksonville Wednesday, and Orlando and Tampa Bay on Thursday. But in south Florida Friday, former Jeb Bush Republican-turned Democratic nominee Crist... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Naked Politics
@AdamSmithTimes Voters across Florida heard a mysterious robo call over the weekend that seemed to aimed at attacking likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist. "It had someone who sounded like Charlie Crist, saying ...'I stand for traditional marriage, I'm pro-life,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Naked Politics
@AdamSmithTimes <p>The Florida GOP has a new web ad about Charlie Crist <a href="">hopping on a private plane owned </a>by a developer fined for pollution to get to media event touting his green credentials:</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Naked Politics
From the Rick Scott campaign: Today, the Rick Scott for Florida campaign, the Republican Party of Florida, and Let’s Get To Work announced fundraising totals of nearly $11 million in the month of July. Announcing the number, State Senator John... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Naked Politics
Release from the Charlie Crist campaign: Today, the Charlie Crist for Governor campaign and Charlie Crist for Florida announced their biggest month of fundraising yet, raising $3.5 million combined in July. This also marks the best July for any Democratic... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Naked Politics
@AdamSmithTimes The Florida GOP this week has been trying to push a story that...well, we're not really sure what they were trying to say. First they suggested Crist's landlord at his Bayfront Tower rental condo had improperly applied for a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Naked Politics