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The week in PolitiFact Florida: communists, cocaine, monkeys and redistricting records



Take a look at our fact-checks posted this week on

  • A mailer from U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan says Barack Obama's administration "will no longer enforce the Defense of Marriage Act."
  • Speaking of Obama, he swung through Florida this week to promote the "Buffett Rule." He claimed 98 percent of American families make under $250,000 a year.
  • With new unemployment numbers on hand, we updated Gov. Rick Scott's promise to create 700,000 jobs in seven years.
  • Republican Rep. Allen West got a lot of attention for his claim at a town hall that about 80 House Democrats are members of the Communist Party. (This one got our worst rating of Pants on Fire. Follow for the flames!)
  • A campaign commercial for Rep. Connie Mack IV attacks Sen. Bill Nelson over a stimulus project involving cocaine and monkeys. Read why this approach isn't new in campaign warfare.
  • We capped the week with a long look at Florida's redistricting cycle and its effect on House incumbents. Incoming House Speaker Will Weatherford claimed, "It’s the first time in the nation this many members have been drawn into the same districts where it wasn’t a court order." Is he right?

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