Florida Articles


Rubio: The American Dream 'Is Dying'

Outlines economic plan to FL voters
8:11 PM, Jan 11, 2016

Earlier today in Saraosta, Florida, Marco Rubio gave a speech to supporters outlining his views on economic policy, and contrasting himself with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

Rubio opened by claiming that the media obsesses over the wrong polls: political polls. Rubio, who is rising in some polls but still trailing Donald Trump in nationwide polls, says the real polls to look are of citizens' views on the economy.

It's a recent poll that asked, "Is the American Dream alive or dead?" Almost half of millennials, meaning young Americans, replied that the American Dream was dead. Other polls have shown even higher numbers, across all generations.

 Read more

Jeb Donor: 'Stay Classy' and Don't Go After Marco

12:49 PM, Nov 10, 2015

The super PAC supporting former Florida governor Jeb Bush for president told the New York Times that it plans on using its resources to hit Florida senator Marco Rubio over his pro-life record as well as missed votes in the Senate.

 Read more

Hillary Supporters at Campaign Event Can't Name Accomplishments

7:34 AM, Oct 28, 2015

The Florida Republican party has released video of Hillary Clinton supporters being unable to name an accomplishment of the former first lady, senator, and secretary of state. To make matters worse, the supporters the Florida GOP interviews are at a Clinton campaign event.

Watch here:

 Read more

A Disciplined Rubio Stands Out at Debate

And he mostly ignores the Donald.
1:54 PM, Sep 17, 2015

While their fireworks have earned Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump the most attention after Wednesday night’s Republican debate in California, the winner for the most detailed and substantive performance may go to Marco Rubio. 

 Read more

Wasserman Schultz: Rubio a 'Chicken' and Jeb Following Trump

Marco Pollo?
10:21 AM, Sep 10, 2015

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, came out swinging against several of the Republican candidates for president in a Thursday breakfast with reporters. The Florida congresswoman reserved most of her fire for her fellow Sunshine Staters, calling Marco Rubio a "chicken" and criticizing Jeb Bush for following the lead of Donald Trump. Wasserman Schultz also said Trump's "extremism" is "holding a mirror up to the Republican party of today."

 Read more

Donald Dominates in Dixie

Beats Bush in Florida; holds massive leads in Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina.
4:27 PM, Aug 05, 2015

A new OpinionSavvy/InsiderAdvantage poll shows Donald Trump doing better in the South than he is nationally. In Georgia, The Donald’s 30 percent is nearly double his closest competitor, Jeb Bush (17 percent), Ben Carson’s at 10 percent, and the rest of the field is single digits—or zero, as in the case of southern boy Lindsey Graham.

 Read more

Jeb Touts Own Brand of Compassionate Conservatism

12:49 PM, Jun 19, 2015

In his run for the GOP nomination in 2000, George W. Bush successfully united establishment Republicans and social conservatives. As a Chamber-friendly evangelical who could speak honestly about how Jesus Christ “changed my heart,” Bush created an unbeatable coalition that energized the socially conservative base of the party while satisfying its donor class.

 Read more

Poll: Jeb, Rubio Lead Among Florida Republicans

A two-man race in the Sunshine State.
6:45 AM, Jun 18, 2015

Both Florida Republicans running for president are tied for first among registered voters in their party, according to a new poll of the Sunshine State from Quinnipiac.

 Read more

Forgetting the Lesson of the UVA/Rolling Stone Hoax

A note of caution about the 'free-range kids' story out of Florida.
9:09 AM, Jun 12, 2015

On Thursday, reason.com published a genuinely outrageous report about two parents who had been arrested, strip-searched, jailed overnight, and charged with felony child neglect simply because their 11-year-old son had been left alone to play basketball for 90 minutes in his own backyard.

 Read more

Florida Poll: Rubio Gaining on Jeb

10:38 AM, Jun 10, 2015

A new poll of Florida Republican primary voters finds a tightening race between the Sunshine State's two favorite sons in the 2016 GOP presidential primary. According to St. Leo University's Polling Institute, former governor Jeb Bush has 30 percent support among likely Republican primary voters in Florida, while Marco Rubio, the state's sitting junior senator, has 24 percent support. That's a surge of eight points for Rubio since St.

 Read more

Florida Press Knocks Hillary for Hiding: 'You Won't Have A Chance To See Her'

It Is 'All Completely Private'
1:24 PM, May 28, 2015

Florida press is knocking Hillary Clinton for hiding during her visit to the Sunshine State.

"South Florida's also getting a visit from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton today. She'll attend fundraisers in Coconut Grove and in Carol Gables as well. Tomorrow, off to Parkland for similar events. But you're not going to have a chance to see her because all these fundraisers, at least as we understand, they are all completely private," Miami's NBC affiliate reports.

 Read more

Christie, Jeb Defend NSA Against Rand Protest

1:05 PM, May 22, 2015

Oklahoma City
Two likely Republican presidential candidates defended the PATRIOT Act and its terrorist surveillance provisions at a gathering of Republicans Friday morning. Both New Jersey governor Chris Christie and former Florida governor Jeb Bush were emphatic in their support for the National Security Agency’s metadata collection program.

 Read more

Dems Spooked By Rubio

10:02 AM, May 18, 2015

Since announcing his candidacy for the president last month, Florida senator Marco Rubio has surged in the polls for the Republican nomination. He's now tied with Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and trails former Florida governor Jeb Bush by two points in the Real Clear Politics average of polls. National Democrats are taking note in a new fundraising campaign that takes on the Miami Republican.

 Read more

To Throw a Fish

Notes on the FloraBama Mullet Toss.
1:35 PM, Apr 28, 2015

It was the biggest weekend of the spring, with people coming from all over to a little strip of beach known as “Perdido Key,” for a gathering known as the FloraBama Mullet Toss. It has been going on for three decades and every year it grows; it now claims to draw numbers in the “tens of thousands.” Hard to know if that is an exaggeration, but there is no denying the traffic along the beach highway or the multitude

 Read more

The Rise of Rubio

A first-term Florida senator sets his sights on the White House
Apr 27, 2015

Miami
Five days before he would take the biggest step of his young political career, Marco Rubio called Bernie Navarro, a Miami real estate investor, to ask for a favor. Rubio wanted to have a small, low-key gathering to thank friends and family before his official announcement the next day, and he needed someone to host it. Navarro, like Rubio the son of Cuban exiles, asked permission from his wife. Although she had denied his repeated requests to host a Super Bowl party, there was no hesitation in approving this one. 

 Read more

Bush’s Forgotten Book

Self-government begins with citizens.
Apr 27, 2015

Nowadays when you mention the book Profiles in Character to Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida and, as it happens, the coauthor of Profiles in Character, he immediately cracks wise.

“You mean you actually found a copy?” he says. “A major opus. A big bestseller. How much did you pay for it? A buck? Nothing? Or did they pay you to take it off their hands?”

 Read more

Obama to the Everglades to Sell Climate Change

8:04 AM, Apr 20, 2015

The president is taking Air Force One to Florida this week. He is going there, unsurprisingly, to make a speech. On Earth Day, about climate change. He could make the speech in Washington, of course, but he needs a propin this case, will be the Everglades, which he describes as one of the most special places in our country.

 Read more

Rubio: America at 'Generational Moment'

3:01 PM, Apr 13, 2015

Marco Rubio told ABC News's George Stephanopoulos that the United States is at a "generational moment"—a further sign the 43-year-old Republican senator will make his youth a focus of his presidential campaign against older candidates in both the primary and general election.

 Read more

Rubio to Donors: I'm Running

10:59 AM, Apr 13, 2015

Florida senator Marco Rubio is running for president. The Associated Press reports Rubio told donors Monday he would seek the Republican nomination. Here's the AP:

 Read more

In Video, Rubio Calls for a 'New American Century'

3:30 PM, Apr 10, 2015

Marco Rubio, the Florida senator who is expected to announce he is running for president next week, has released a video titled "A New American Century." The five-and-a-half-minute video stitches together several speeches Rubio has given since his 2010 run for the U.S. Senate. The patchwork speech focuses heavily on the Florida Republican's biography as well as critiques of the current administration's foreign and domestic policies.

 Read more

Jeb Signed Law Providing Low-Income College Scholarships

7:01 AM, Apr 08, 2015

A front-page story in Tuesday’s Washington Post examines former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s record on ending affirmative action for college admissions. Through a 2000 executive order, Bush banned racial preferences in Florida’s public universities and colleges. The move was controversial at the time and prompted massive protests in Tallahassee. 

 Read more

The Education of Jeb Bush

How did a conservative—and effective—governor arouse the suspicion of the right?
Mar 30, 2015

Des Moines

 Read more

Walker Camp Whacks Jeb on Affirmative Action

12:06 PM, Mar 16, 2015

Scott Walker may not be a candidate for president yet, but the Wisconsin governor’s growing political action committee staff is already going after a potential rival in the Republican primary. GOP strategist Liz Mair, CNN reports, has just signed on to consult for Walker’s Our American Revival PAC, doing outreach to bloggers and other digital media outlets. 

 Read more

Rubio, Lee Introduce 'Pro-Growth, Pro-Family' Tax Reform

7:31 AM, Mar 04, 2015

Republican senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Mike Lee of Utah have returned to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to tout their latest tax reform proposal. The Republicans call their plan both "pro-growth" and "pro-family," and say it addresses inequities in the tax code for businesses and middle-class families.

Here's an excerpt:

 Read more

Ex-Con Dem Pol Says DWS Could Have Had Feds Called On Her

8:04 AM, Feb 20, 2015

Florida congresswoman and chairman of the Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman Schultz might have been the subject of a federal investigation, suggests a former Democratic politician and ex-con. Politico reports that Wasserman Schultz "offered to change her position on medical marijuana if a major Florida donor recanted his withering criticism of her."

Here's more from Politico:

 Read more

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to Run for Senate?

2:01 PM, Feb 17, 2015

Marc Caputo reports at Politico that Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is eyeing a seat in the Senate:

 Read more

Rubio Enters the Fray

3:05 PM, Jan 23, 2015

News today came that Marco Rubio looks likely to run for president. What to make of this?

 Read more

Sic Transit the ‘Empire State’

12:10 PM, Dec 24, 2014

Back in the late 1970s, when I worked for Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan, our office followed the changing data about the Empire State closely.  It was a habit of Pat Moynihan’s, indeed almost an obsession, to chart the state’s decline.

 Read more

Jeb Bush, (Former) Governor in Chief

4:22 PM, Dec 17, 2014

Jeb Bush is considering running for president in 2016, but he might have run in 2008 if not for the reasonable belief the country wouldn't elect brothers to the White House successively.

In 2006, Fred Barnes wrote about Jeb as America's "governor in chief"—a popular, conservative reformer who could lay claim to the title of best governor in the country. Here's an excerpt:

 Read more

Crist Loses Bid for Governor in Florida

10:27 PM, Nov 04, 2014

Charlie Crist has lost his race for governor in Florida, falling short to Republican incumbent Rick Scott, the Associated Press projects.

Crist, who ran this year as a Democrat, won his first bid for governor in 2006 as a Republican. He left the GOP in 2010 in the midst of losing a Republican primary for U.S. Senate to Marco Rubio, running and losing in the general election as an independent.

Scott was first elected governor in 2010.

 Read more