Florida Articles


PolitiFact’s Parent Paper Endorses Obama

1:50 PM, Oct 23, 2012

The Tampa Bay Times, the paper that puts out (and funds) the supposedly unbiased PolitiFact, has just enthusiastically endorsed President Obama for a second term.  The Times writes that “[w]ithout hesitation” it “recommends Barack Obama for re-election as president.” The paper cites Obama’s “steady leadership.” It’s no wonder the Times is backing Obama.

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Florida Union: 'Vote Early, Vote Often'

5:37 PM, Oct 16, 2012

The Florida chapter of the AFL-CIO appears to be encouraging folks to break the law. In a message on the homepage of their website, the union writes, "There is a mantra that we --at the Florida AFL-CIO-- like to live by, 'Vote Early, Vote Often'."

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Dem. Ad Claims Allen West 'Decides Who Lives and Who Dies'

10:21 AM, Oct 16, 2012

A new ad knocking Florida Republican congressman Allen West features actors claiming they will become sick or injured in the future, and that West's opposition to embryonic stem cell research, will, in effect, kill them. The 60-second ad was produced by House Majority PAC, a Democratic group aligned with House minority leader Nancy Pelosi.

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Rasmussen: Romney Leads in Florida, Virginia

12:32 PM, Oct 12, 2012

Mitt Romney has broken the 50 percent threshold of support in Florida and leads Barack Obama by four points in the Sunshine State, according to a new poll from Rasmussen. Of the 750 likely Florida voters polled, 51 percent support Romney and 47 percent support Obama. That's Romney's largest lead in Rasmussen's Florida polling.

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Post-Debate, Florida Swings 4 to 6 Points Toward Romney

4:06 PM, Oct 05, 2012

Newly released polls from Rasmussen Reports and WeAskAmerica show that Mitt Romney has overtaken President Obama in Florida in the wake of the first presidential debate.

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Allen West Ad Contrasts His Military Experience with Dem Opponent's Drunken Arrest

9:18 AM, Sep 28, 2012

Freshman House Republican Allen West has a new ad highlighting his service as a lieutenant colonel in the Army--and his Democratic opponent's 2003 arrest at a South Florida night club. "Two men, a country in crisis," the ad's voiceover says. "You decide." Watch the 30-second ad below:

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Poll: Obama Has Big Leads in Swing States

But are Democrats oversampled?
10:05 AM, Sep 26, 2012

President Barack Obama is far ahead of Mitt Romney in three important swing states, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac. Obama leads Romney by 12 points in Pennsylvania (54 percent to 42 percent), by 10 points in Ohio (53 percent to 43 percent), and by 9 points in Florida (53 percent to 44 percent). Obama also has an advantage over Romney in those states on many issues, including who would be best to handle the economy.

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Romney Aces Convention Test

1:30 AM, Aug 31, 2012

Tampa
A few hours before Mitt Romney spoke to the Republican convention last night, his campaign did something clever. It’s normal procedure before a major speech is to release excerpts so the evening TV news shows can preview the address. The Romney team did so, only these excerpts were dull and uninteresting.

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Suspicious Florida Mailer

7:39 AM, Aug 22, 2012

The Miami Herald reports on a suspicious mailer that seems to be tied to Marco Rubio ally David Rivera:

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In Florida, Ryan Goes All In on Medicare

With mom at his side, Ryan hits Obama’s Medicare rationing board, makes positive case for reform.
1:05 PM, Aug 18, 2012

The Villages, Fla.
“This is my mom Betty,” vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said as he took the stage at a campaign rally with his 78-year-old mother in Florida’s largest retirement community. “She's why I'm here,” Ryan continued. “She and her grandkids are why I'm here.”

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Democratic Ad Depicts Allen West Hitting Woman

West calls ad 'classless.'
4:02 PM, Aug 09, 2012

A Florida super PAC affiliated with a Democratic congressional candidate has a new ad criticizing Florida Republican Allen West. The ad depicts West, a freshman House member, as a boxer who "socked it to seniors" and "whacked women." The animated West punches an elderly woman, a younger woman, and a family. Watch the ad below, along with a statement about the ad from West himself:

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Ad: 'Allen West Saved My Life'

3:46 PM, Jul 25, 2012

Republican congressman Allen West, a freshman from Florida, has a new television ad featuring Robert Delgado, a retired Army sergeant. In the ad, Delgado claims West saved his life when the two men were serving in Iraq. Watch the ad below:

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Romney Reportedly Asks Fla. Governor to Downplay Improving Economy

2:12 PM, Jun 21, 2012

MItt Romney reportedly asked Florida governor Rick Scott to "downplay" the Sunshine State's improving job numbers, according to Bloomberg News:

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Florida Senate Poll: Nelson 43, Mack 39

12:51 PM, Jun 21, 2012

A new poll from Quinnipiac shows incumbent Democratic senator Bill Nelson of Florida maintaining a slight lead over his likely Republican challenger, Congressman Connie Mack. The poll shows Nelson with 43 percent support from registered voters in Florida, with Mack receiving 39 percent. This margin has remained mostly constant, although Mack actually had a one-point lead over Nelson in Quinnipiac's May poll of the race.

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LeMieux Calls it Quits in Florida Senate Race

10:12 AM, Jun 20, 2012

Former Florida senator George LeMieux has dropped his bid for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic senator Bill Nelson. Congressman Connie Mack, who has lead in the GOP primary since entering the race last fall, remains the frontrunner, with former congressman Dave Weldon also running for the nomination.

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Romney Endorses Mack for Senate in Florida

2:54 PM, May 16, 2012

Mitt Romney has endorsed Florida congressman Connie Mack for Senate, according to a campaign statement.

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Florida Poll: Romney 47, Obama 45

9:01 AM, Apr 26, 2012

The latest Purple Strategies poll finds that, in Florida, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is running slightly ahead of President Barack Obama, 47 percent to 45 percent. Seven percent of the poll's respondents are undecided.

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'Someone Kill the Judge'

10:38 AM, Apr 23, 2012

George Zimmerman, the accused murderer of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, has been released from jail on bail. Meeting Zimmerman's release are calls (on Twitter) for him to be killed. As Twitchy reports, "Twitter lynch mob: George Zimmerman is out on bail? Let’s kill him!"

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'Bieber-Fever' for Obama in Florida Gated Community

11:45 AM, Apr 10, 2012

President Obama is in Florida to tout his economic policy of raising taxes on the wealthy. But first he's holding a fundraiser. And it seems that many in the Palm Beach Gardens gated community, where the fundraiser is being held, are excited to see the president.

Consider how the president was received, as reported by today's White House pool reporter:

Lots of ladies in their tennis outfits (literally dozens) took photos of the motorcade as it drove by.

Motorcade arrived at a two story Mediterranean style home with a spanish tiled roof.

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Stick to Baseball

11:27 AM, Apr 10, 2012

“This is the last time this person talks about politics.”

Good career move by Ozzie Guillen, manager of the Miami Marlins, who was indiscrete enough to tell Time magazine that he “loves Fidel Castro.”

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Jeb Endorses Mitt

10:10 AM, Mar 21, 2012

ABC News reports that former Florida governor Jeb Bush has endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney:

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Santorum Is Faring Better in Swing States, Romney Nationally

6:48 AM, Mar 18, 2012

The latest Rasmussen poll of likely general election voters in the “core four” swing states of Florida, Ohio, Virginia, and North Carolina shows Rick Santorum leading President Obama by 4 percentage points (48 to 44 percent), while Mitt Romney trails Obama by 4 points (46 to 42 percent) — an 8-point swing.

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Santorum Is Outperforming Romney versus Obama in Florida

11:57 AM, Mar 15, 2012

In the biggest prize among November's swing states, the latest Rasmussen poll of likely voters shows Rick Santorum faring slightly better than Mitt Romney versus President Obama. In Florida, Santorum trails Obama by 2 percentage points (45 to 43 percent), while Romney trails Obama by 3 points (46 to 43 percent). Florida, by far the largest swing state, now has as many electoral votes as the state of New York (29).

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Florida Senate Race Gets Personal

3:07 PM, Feb 23, 2012

new story in the Miami Herald details some of Republican congressman Connie Mack IV's past financial and legal troubles. Mack, who is running for Senate in Florida, reportedly spent more than he earned and missed a payment to his first wife, Ann, according to divorce proceedings. Mack also apparently had a string of property liens and missed payments on a variety of things, from a condo to a yacht club membership.

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Morning Jay: Romney’s Victory and the Growing Regional Divide Among Conservatives

6:00 AM, Feb 01, 2012

Mitt Romney won a decisive victory last night in Florida, carrying 46 percent of the vote. Let’s take a close look at how he did it.

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Votes per $1,000 Spent in Florida

1:26 AM, Feb 01, 2012

Here’s how many votes the respective Republican presidential candidates got in Florida for every $1,000 that they or their super PACs spent on TV advertising in the state (according to ad figures published by the Washington Post as of Friday):

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Why February Could Matter

12:30 AM, Feb 01, 2012

I wonder if three features of the race as it stands today aren't being a bit neglected:

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For Romney, Challenges Remain

11:15 PM, Jan 31, 2012

Mitt Romney’s challenges aren’t over yet. Sorry to say that after his impressive defeat of Newt Gingrich in the Florida presidential primary. He’s improved as a candidate, but he needs to get better before facing President Obama (assuming he captures the GOP nomination).

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