The Daily Show, Colbert, Letterman Take on #Fangate

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Almost as soon as #fangate went down, people were already tweeting, "Well, The Daily Show ought to have a field day with that."

Naturally, last night's comedy shows couldn't help but take on Rick Scott and Charlie Crist's bizarre debate tiff over an electric fan. In fact, Jon Stewart decided to lead with it, but #fangate also made its way to The Colbert Report, David Letterman's Top Ten List, and Late Night With Seth Meyers.

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Miami Taxpayers Could Pay Millions for SkyRise Tower After All

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When Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado pitched voters this summer on developer Jeff Berkowitz's eye-opening plan to erect a gigantic paperclip on the bayfront, he repeatedly made a simple promise in ads: "Taxpayers win without putting in a cent."

It remains to be seen if anyone will win with the massive SkyRise Tower, but taxpayers will almost definitely be putting more than a cent into the project. They'll be paying out $9 million in subsidies, in fact, under an agreement that received initial approval yesterday.

See also: SkyRise Miami Passes, but Is It Really Better Than the Downtown Soccer Stadium?

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Scott and Crist Try Desperately to Spin #Fangate

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Politicians and fans have one thing in common. They both spin furiously.

So it's no surprise that Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are trying to spin last night's bizarre brouhaha over a fan. Mind you, there are actually important issues to talk about, but let's talk about #fangate.

See also: Rick Scott Almost Bailed on Televised Debate Because Charlie Crist Got a Fan Onstage

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Rick Scott Almost Bailed on Televised Debate Because Charlie Crist Got a Fan Onstage

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Where's the governor?
Long before they could tackle issues like Florida's economy, education funding or crime rates during tonight's televised debate, Gov. Rick Scott took a proud stand on a far more important issue: Charlie Crist's fan.

Crist, for the uninitiated, has always insisted on having a fan blowing his direction during live appearances. He got one under his podium for tonight's debate at Broward College. Scott -- the governor of our fine state -- retaliated by refusing to come out for tonight's debate. Really!

See also: Rick Scott-Charlie Crist Debate Live Blog


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Libertarian Adrian Wyllie Barred From Tonight's Crist-Scott Debate by Federal Judge

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Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie
Tonight, Gov. Rick Scott and ex-Gov. Charlie Crist will take a break from sliming each other in TV ads to share a stage at Broward College, where instead they'll slime each other in a statewide televised debate. Voters will continue reviling both men, whose unfavorable ratings have each trended toward an unseemly 50 percent.

Those looking for another option, however, won't find their most likely choice on stage. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie, whose polling has steadily risen all summer, has been barred from the debate and last night a federal judge denied his emergency motion to get in.

See also: Libertarian Adrian Wyllie Could Sink Charlie Crist's Campaign Hopes, Poll Finds

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Rick Scott Challenges Obama to Come to Florida and Campaign for Crist

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There's been some low-key agonizing in Democratic circles over whether a visit from President Barack Obama to campaign for Charlie Crist would be a help or a hindrance. On one hand, Crist's Democrat bonafides are still questioned by some tried-and-true Democratic voters who still remain loyal to Obama. On the other, Obama's popularity is lagging in the state and it may be best to not tie the race to national politics.

Though, Vice President Joe Biden is in South Florida campaigning for Crist today, and Gov. Rick Scott took the opportunity to basically dare Obama himself to come to the state.

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Rick Scott, Once Connected to Mexican Playboy, Criticizes Charlie Crist Over Strip Club Donations

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Charlie Crist took campaign donations from owners of a strip club, and Rick Scott's campaign is kicking up a fuss about it.

Which is really actually funny because back in 2010 Rick Scott had to fend off criticism about his business connections to the Mexican edition of Playboy.

What a strange bunch of boobs.

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Rick Scott Sued For Not Disclosing $200M in Assets in Brilliant Campaign Tactic

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George Sheldon exists.
You're George Sheldon. You're a Democrat running for attorney general against Pam Bondi, a woman whose name is always in the news for one controversy or another. Despite that most Floridians have no idea who you are, and you're not doing so hot in the polls.

So what do you do? File a blockbuster lawsuit against the even more controversial Rick Scott for failing to disclose $200 million in assets on his state disclosure forms in a move that not only gets your own name in the headlines, but gives Florida a taste of your legal skills and helps fellow Democrat Charlie Crist in his own race against Scott.

Brilliant campaign move, George Sheldon!

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Latest Poll Shows Crist and Scott Virtually Tied, Libertarian Wyllie Getting 13 Percent

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With less than a month left before the election, most recent polls have shown Charlie Crist and Rick Scott switching slight leads well within the margin of error. The Real Clear Politics average of polls shows Crist with a 1.4 lead while Huffington Post's Pollster gives Scott the 0.8 percent lead.

Well, a new poll from Republican-aligned firm 0ptimus shows more of the same. Crist is at 40 percent to Scott's 39 percent. What's surprising about the poll though is that Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie scored a surprising 13 percent, his best showing in any poll yet.

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Report on Israel "Reefa" Hernandez's Death Filed With UN Committee Against Torture

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Local activists hope to bring the 2013 death of teenager Israel "Reefa" Hernandez at the hands of Miami Beach Police to the attention of the United Nations Committee Against Torture. The Dream Defenders and the Community Justice Project of Florida Legal Services have filed a report with the UN in time for the committee's 53rd meeting next month in Switzerland alleging that Hernandez's death was the result of unchecked police brutality.

Reefa's death will be filed along with inquests into the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Activists are hopeful the UN might take up the issue, considering the Committee Against Torture has previously brought up concerns about racial profiling, police brutality, and the use of Tasers in the U.S., which the country must address at the meeting.

See also: Israel "Reefa" Hernandez Died From Tasering, Not Drugs Or Excited Delirium

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