Rick Scott to Hold Scaled-Back Inauguration Events

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After a reelection campaign that cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million total, Rick Scott has decided to scale back traditional inaugural events. Because, you know, he wants you all to know he's a budget conscious, thrifty guy.

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Florida's CFO, Ag Commissioner Each Took More Than $400,000 in Public Money to Finance Campaigns

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CFO Jeff Atwater
Florida's public campaign financing laws mean that candidates for governor and the three cabinet offices can qualify to have any donations of $250 or less matched by public money with a few caveats.

Charlie Crist received about $2.4 million in public financing during his run against mega-loaded Rick Scott. Attorney General Pam Bondi received $328,000 in her matchup against Democrat George Sheldon, who in turn received $300,000.

But Republican CFO Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam each received more than $400,000 in public financing even though both were running against no-name Democrats who never had a chance of winning.

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Some Republicans Actually Want Rick Scott to Run for President

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Gov. Rick Scott just spent four years as one of America's most deeply unpopular elected officials. Thanks to his days running a firm that earned the largest fine in U.S. history for Medicare fraud, he has skeletons in his closet that would make Hannibal Lecter flinch. He had to blow through $1,200 a minute every single day before this month's election to squeak past a turncoat Republican by a single percentage point. He looks like a Scooby-Doo villain.

All of which adds up to the perfect candidate to make a run for the White House. That's what a few Florida Republicans think, at least.

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Florida Democrats Chair on Election Loss Fallouts: "The Bed-Wetters Need to Shut Up!"

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After some embarrassing losses in the midterm elections, the Florida Democratic party is full of some finger pointing and infighting at the moment, but the party's State Chairwoman Allison Tant is sick of it.

She told the News Service of Florida that, "the bed-wetters need to shut up, and we need to move on."

This, of course, only lead to more in-fighting.

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72-Year-Old Bill Nelson Charged With Reinvigorating Florida Dems for a New Age

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Senator Bill Nelson is just about the only problem the Florida Democratic Party doesn't have. The 72-year-old senator is in his third term and always cruises to an easy reelection, and has held one elected office or another since 1973 save for a four-year gap in the early '90s. But is he really the man to trust when it comes to plotting the future of the state party? We'll find out.

Nelson has been named the co-chair of the newly announced Democrats' Leadership Expansion to Advance Democrats (LEAD) task force along with former Orlando Police Chief and failed congressional candidate Val Demings.

See also: Florida's Democratic Party Is a Joke, but Who Is the Punchline: Its Leaders or Voters?

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Will Florida Ever Vote for a Republican Presidential Candidate Again?

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For the past few presidential elections, Florida has been the grand prize of swing states. It's 29 electoral votes could have conceivably gone either way.

President Obama was able to win Florida in the past two elections, but that was only after hard campaigning and a sophisticated "get out the vote" system in the state. If demographic trends hold steady, though, Florida could soon become an easier win for Democrats.

That, however, is a big if.

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Jackson Could Lose $570 Million a Year If Republicans Refuse to Expand Medicaid

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Rick Scott and his fellow Tallahassee Republicans' strong opposition to the Affordable Care Act has resulted in the state refusing to allow the federal government to expand Medicaid in Florida.

But their refusal could cause Florida hospitals to miss out on billions in funding, with Miami's cash-strapped Jackson Memorial Hospital in particular losing an estimated $570 million a year.

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Florida Doesn't Actually Count Votes for Mickey Mouse Anymore

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Last week we urged you to go vote, even if you didn't want to vote for Rick Scott or Charlie Crist:

At Least Vote for Third-Party or Write-in Candidates. It's not throwing your vote out. The only way to throw your vote out is not to vote. If 60,000 voters between the ages of 18 and 29 wrote in Mickey Mouse to be Florida's next governor in today's election, politicians in 2016 and 2018 would sit around thinking, Well, hmm, how do we get that Mickey Mouse vote for ourselves?

Slight correction: It turns out Florida election officials don't bother to count votes for Mickey Mouse or other unregistered write-in candidates anymore.

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Raquel Regalado Hints at Run for Either Miami-Dade or Miami Mayor

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It seems like anytime we elect a new mayor in Miami we're also kickstarting the political career of at least one of their children as well.

Raquel Regalado, a School Board member and daughter of current Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, announced this morning that she's very possibly eying a run as either Miami-Dade mayor in 2016 or City of Miami mayor in 2017.

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Marco Rubio Says He'll Make Presidential Decision "In the Coming Weeks"

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Marco Rubio hasn't even completed a full term in the Senate, but he's taking the presidential buzz that surrounds him (or used to, anyway) seriously. He says he'll decide whether or not to make a bid for the White House in the coming weeks.

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