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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Preservationists Cry Foul as County Commission Considers Allowing Cities More Autonomy

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It's no secret Miami is experiencing another condo boom. Construction cranes once again screech and pivot over downtown. Towers that were stalled in 2009 are now complete. We are quickly running out of vacant lots to build on.

So it's little wonder that lawmakers are looking for solutions. Today, county Commissioner Sally Heyman is introducing an ordinance that would allow cities to opt out of Miami-Dade's Historical Preservation Board and assert greater control over local development.

Preservationists, however, are crying foul. They say the ordinance is a gift to developers who will steer small town councils to tear down historical buildings in favor of fancy new condo towers.

See also: Miami Beach Community Church Controversy: Developer Donated $500,000 Before Key Vote

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Those New Anti-Medical Marijuana Ads Claiming Felons Could Sell Weed Are Ludicrous

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Would Amendment 2 -- Florida's bid to legalize medical marijuana on this November's ballot -- really let convicted felons sell pot with no penalties? That's what a new statewide ad urging voters to turn against the proposition claims, with an ominous voice intoning that "Even felons and drug dealers could be caregivers."

Of course that's not really true. Could is the operative word, because the amendment gives legislators six months to set rules on how medical pot would actually work. If it's not already obvious that GOP-controlled Tallahassee isn't likely to leave such glaring loopholes for caregivers, a group headed by a former Florida House speaker has released a proposed set of guidelines on how to regulate the drug.

See also: Medical Marijuana Backer John Morgan Slammed For Appealing To Potheads

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Ex-Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez Considering Bid Against Gimenez For County Mayor

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The last time Xavier Suarez occupied a mayor's office, it didn't end so well. His second term as Miami mayor lasted just 111 days in 1997 before an absentee ballot scandal cost him his seat and a spate of bizarre behavior earned him the lasting nickname "Mayor Loco."

But Suarez is now pondering another bid -- this time at County Hall. The county commissioner says he's dissatisfied with Mayor Carlos Gimenez and believes voters are as well. "It's no secret I'm not satisfied with the progress of reform," Suarez tells Riptide. "But I'm about a year away from any decision on whether to run."

See also: Xavier Suarez: Don't Call Him Loco

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George W. Bush: Jeb "Wants to Be President"

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What do you think Jeb Bush is more irked at his big brother George W. for right now: spilling the beans on his barely concealed presidential aspirations or reminding people that they're brothers?

In a new interview with Fox News (of course) the second President Bush revealed that he's pretty sure Jebbers wants to be the third President Bush.

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