Florida has one of the nation's strictest open records laws, but Gov. Rick Scott doesn't seem to take much pride over his state's achievement. In fact, according to an ongoing lawsuit, Scott openly flaunted those rules by setting up a Gmail account for secretly doing much of his official business while using his state email for only the blandest exercises.
Well, Scott was supposed to sit down for a deposition today about when he set up the account and what he uses it for. Instead, he'll risk a contempt of court charge by skipping it for a fundraiser at the Biltmore.More »
How tight can a governor's race get? Tighter than Rick Scott's terrifying debate smile? Tighter than Charlie Crist's artificially orange skin? Yep, that's how tight the race for the Florida governor's mansion has gotten, according to a pair of new polls.
The fresh Quinnipiac and Rasmussen polls both show the two candidates in a tie -- not an inside-the-margin of error tie, but an exact, to the percentage-point dead heat. As record cash flies into a new round of campaign ads, it's anyone's guess who pulls ahead toward the finish line.More »
Florida's billionaire Gov. Rick Scott paid for his first campaign out of his own incredibly deep pockets. This time around, he promised to fund his reelection efforts through more traditional means, but as Charlie Crist's camp has seen an incredible last-minute fundraising surge, Scott has changed his mind.
He's writing himself a check after all.More »
After the bizarre #Fangate moment during last week's gubernatorial debate between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist, don't expect any similar shenanigans tonight. CNN is hosting the event, and they run a tight ship. The 24-hour news channel has explicitly banned fans from the podium.
Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg
Oddly, they've also banned other media outlets and the public from attending the event.More »
For all the Colbert and Daily Show hilarity and the week's worth of Twitter hot takes, did Fangate actually matter in the race to decide who will be Florida's next governor?
Not according to a new poll out this morning. The Republican-leaning 0ptimus firm finds the two candidates virtually tied -- close to the same result it found last week before Charlie Crist took a bold stand in favor of fans and Rick Scott threw a very public temper tantrum about it.More »
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.More »
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.More »
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.More »
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.
via @RandomPixels Where's the governor?
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!More »