Crist Keeps Comfortable but Narrowing Lead Over Scott in Recent Polls

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Will Florida's 2014 governor's race become the election that was over before it even began? Ever since Governor Rick Scott's approval ratings plummeted shortly into his tenure, rumors have floated that Charlie Crist would officially become a Democrat and trounce Scott in an election ... and that seems to be what's going to happen. Maybe.

Recent polls show Crist with a comfortable lead over Scott, but the margin has shrunk since 2013 when several polls showed him with a double digit lead.

See also: Rick Scott Let Florida Ask Him Questions on Facebook and Things Got Weird

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Jeb Bush Is "Thinking About" Presidential Run but Might Have Too Many Shady Business Ties

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Jeb Bush's head must be pounding from all the pondering he's doing these days. Yesterday, he told yet another GOP crowd that he hasn't ruled out a bid for the White House, this time eliciting an ovation by announcing he's "thinking about running for president."

He's probably also doing a lot of contemplating over how his opponents will slime him for all the shady business dealings he's gotten wrapped up in since leaving Tallahassee. As the New York Times detailed last weekend, Bush has left a long trail of unsavory deals behind him while working to build his fortune after leaving politics.

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Library Supporters Rally to Fight $20 Million Cuts at Budget Meeting This Morning

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Let the library funding wars begin.

At 9:30 this morning, the Miami-Dade County Finance Committee will meet for a first discussion on budgets for the upcoming fiscal year -- chief among them the county's beleaguered library system, which is facing a further $20 million cut without new taxes. Activists and library supporters are urging like-minded residents to make noise at the hearing.

See also: Ex-Librarian Blames Miami-Dade Public Library Director for Budget Woes

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Miami Officially in Running to Host 2016 Democratic National Convention

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Miami may be the site of the first part of Hillary Clinton's coronation ...or as it's officially known, the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

After local leaders officially let the DNC know that they would be interested in hosting the shindig, the DNC selected Miami as one of 15 cities that it sent a "request for proposal" late yesterday.

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Craft Brewery-Killing Bill Advances In Senate

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In 47 states, beer drinkers can happily purchase and imbibe from 64-ounce growlers, the glass jugs commonly sold at smaller or craft breweries. In Florida, Prohibition-era laws have kept the size illegal, prompting a years-long effort by Sunshine State craft brewers and supporters to join the rest of the nation and drop the ban.

The result was Florida House Bill 1329, which proposed legalizing the larger size. But after the bill made it to the state Senate in late March, an amendment was added -- thanks to the influence of industry titan Anheuser-Busch -- that critics say would effectively cut Florida's nascent craft brewing industry at its knees: Craft brewers would be prohibited from selling their own products themselves, instead being forced to pay a distributor to act as a middleman.

See also: Florida Bill Would Force Craft Breweries To Sell Their Beer To Distributors Then Buy it Back

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Supreme Court Won't Hear Rick Scott's Drug-Testing Case

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Rick Scott has apparently never met a person he doesn't want to test for drugs. Whether welfare recipients or state employees, the governor has created quite the controversy throughout his first term by unleashing strict plans to drug-test Floridians -- only to see those plans challenged and derailed in court.

Well, today the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Scott's appeal of a lower court's decision that his plan to drug-test all state workers is unconstitutional.

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Rick Scott Let Florida Ask Him Questions on Facebook and Things Got Weird

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The governor prepares for a civil discussion. Florida was not interested.
Around 6 p.m. last night, Gov. Rick Scott took off his jacket, perched onto an uncomfortable folding chair in an empty room and flipped open his Macbook to have a reasonable Facebook question-and-answer session with the fine folks in his state.

But then somewhere around the 19th personal attack wedged between questions about why he hates gun owners and wants to kill native fish with genetically engineered predators, Scott quietly logged off, shut his laptop and despaired over the fatal flaw in this plan: He lives in Florida.

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Video: Charlie Crist Interrupts Lt. Gov. Badmouthing Him on Camera

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Former governor Charlie Crist addressed the non-partisan Forum Club of the Palm Beaches on his plans to unseat current governor Rick Scott. The Scott campaign responded by sending Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera to give an instant response to the media.

Crist, apparently channeling his inner Frank Underwood, pulled a major power move by interrupting Lopez-Cantera while he was talking to the press, shaking his hand, and then saying, "Give me Scott."

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U.S. Supreme Court Might Take Up Rick Scott's "Drug Test Everyone" Plan

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Gov. Rick Scott's plan to randomly drug test every single state employee in Florida -- from department heads to minimum wage DMV janitors -- has already failed the common-sense test and an appeals court ruling. A trial run of the program found that almost no state employees were failing, while an appeals court ruled that the program violated the constitution.

But Scott hasn't given up on the idea yet. The U.S. Supreme Court will likely decide this week whether to take up the latest petition filed by Scott's lawyers.

See also: Rick Scott's State Employee Drug Testing Ruled Unconstitutional

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SNL Imagines Jeb Bush at Coachella

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Pundits, Republican insiders, and pollsters all seem to think former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is planning on making a presidential run in 2016, but you're not a real presidential contender until you're properly parodied on Saturday Night Live. Well, on Saturday the show brought out new cast member Beck Bennett to parody Jeb Bush and his status as the "new face" of the Republican Party.

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