10/20/14 State Roundup
Tom Slade, one of the smartest, funniest and most consequential political operators in modern Florida history, died Monday afternoon at age 78.
"I can't think of anyone as instrumental in the development of the modern Republican Party as Tom Slade," said retired University of South Florida St. Petersburg political scientist Darryl Paulson, who has studied the state party extensively. "Jeb Bush, in many respects, could not be possible without Tom Slade."...
Tom Slade, one of the smartest, funniest, and most consequential political operators in modern Florida history, died this afternoon at age 78, his sister confirms.
"I can't think of anyone as instrumental in the development of the modern Republican Party as Tom Slade," said retired USF St. Petersburg political scientist Darryl Paulson, who has studied the state party exensively. "Jeb Bush many respects could not be possible without Tom Slade."...
From a release:
Tom Slade, former Florida State Senator and State Representative and perhaps best known for his leadership as Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida from 1993-1999, today is in critical condition after suffering heart failure last week. He was unable to be revived for a period of time and is now receiving care at Orange Park Medical Center.
The Slade family is asking for your thoughts and prayers at this time. An update will be provided as more information is available. ...
Charlie and Cafrole Crist hopped out of a staffer's car in front of the downtown St. Petersburg elections office and a crowd of nearly 50 started singing happy birthday. Today is the former and maybe future first lady's 45th birthday, and they celebrated it by taking advantage of the first day of early voting.
Someone presented Crist with a hand-held, battery-operated fan, an homage of sorts to his debate performance last week....
Winner of the week
The Fan. Was there any doubt this week? We don't know how many hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of helpful publicity Fangate generated for Charlie Crist. All we know is Crist showed up for the start of a televised debate and Gov. Rick Scott did not.
Loser of the week
Rick Scott. With a giant assist from campaign manager Melissa Sellers and debate coach Brett O'Donnell, Scott — and Florida yet again — became a laughingstock after trying to stick it to Crist with a petty debate demand. Scott's explanation — that he was waiting for Crist to show up when the world saw Crist was the only one who did — was as strange as Scott's debate performance....
10/18/14 State Roundup
Political junkies in Florida don't have to worry about the drama ending Nov. 4, because once the governor's race wraps up, another huge political question emerges: Will Jeb run in 2016?
Former Gov. Jeb Bush has said he will make up his mind by year's end and most signs suggest he is both genuinely undecided and genuinely considering it. Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio appears more likely to run, though Bush's candidacy would seriously crimp his fundraising and political network....
10/17/14 State Roundup
ORLANDO — President Barack Obama is increasingly unpopular among Floridians, but that did not stop Charlie Crist from happily campaigning alongside first lady Michelle Obama on Friday to boost his bid to unseat Republican Gov. Rick Scott.
"There's a reason why Charlie is known as the people's governor here in Florida," Mrs. Obama told the predominantly black and Hispanic crowd of about 700 people inside a park gymnasium. "It's because Charlie gets it."...
ORLANDO -- Charlie Crist got a boost from the White House's more popular resident Friday, with first lady Michelle Obama swinging through Orlando to rally voters and help the one-time governor in his bid to unseat Republican Gov. Rick Scott.
"There's a reason why Charlie is known as the people's governor here in Florida," Obama told the predominantly black and Hispanic crowd assembled inside a city park gymnasium. "It's because Charlie gets it."...
To: Crist Supporters, Journalists, Assorted Pundits, the Spambots that hit my blog, the Bipartisan members of Kevin is Evil Fantasy Nascar League, and the people in Rick Scottworld who will be asked to respond to this memo, namely Tim and Ryan.
From: Steve Schale
Date: October 17, 2014
Yesterday, my memo writing counterpart at the Scott campaign, Tim Saler, issued a new piece in the wake of #FangateGoneGlobal regarding the state of the 2014 election from his perspective. While it would be easier for Tim and I to hammer this out over beers at Tucker Dukes in Tallahassee, I do admire both the certainty from which he writes his memos about the outcome of the election, as well as the volume....
Marc Caputo crunches the numbers:
Absentee ballots are still pouring in, with 778,876 cast of this morning. As yesterday, Republicans still hold the lead in returns over Democrats, 48-35 percent.
Here's a look at the top counties where ballots have been counted by party:
Ballots cast Party County % of total
37,601 REP PIN 43%
32,407 REP LEE 55%
31,867 DEM PIN 37%
28,281 REP DAD 47%
22,126 DEM DAD 36%
18,812 REP HIL 42%
17,315 DEM HIL 39%
16,353 DEM ORA 42%
15,792 REP ORA 41%
14,332 REP BRE 54%
14,146 DEM LEE 24%
14,119 REP DUV 55%
14,087 REP VOL 48%
14,058 NPA PIN 16%
13,971 REP CLL 63%...
The Rick Scott campaign apparently wants to talk about something besides portable fans:
FROM: Tim Saler, Deputy Campaign Manager
TO: Campaign Supporters
DATE: October 16, 2014
SUBJECT: 152,387 People...
FiveThirtyEight, looks at the Fla governor's race polls, and sees two very unpopular candidates and Charlie Crist with the slight edge:
#... It’s arguably the same reason he fell behind in the first place: money. ... In other words, the state tilted slightly more towards Crist when the two candidates were on relatively equal financial footing...."...
DAVIE – In what had to be the strangest start of a gubernatorial debate, Gov. Rick Scott nearly refused to participate because Democrat Charlie Crist insisted on a fan to keep him cool.
The Republican governor finally emerged six minutes late as flummoxed moderators struggled to figure out what to do with only a bemused Crist standing on stage at Broward College.
“Are we really going debate about a fan or are we going to talk about education, the environment and the future of our state?” asked Crist....
10/15/14 State Roundup
In the weirdest start of a gubernatorial debate, Florida Gov. Rick Scott initially refused to take the stage Wednesday night because Democrat Charlie Crist insisted on using a fan to keep him cool.
The Republican governor finally emerged at least six minutes late as flummoxed moderators struggled on live TV to figure out what to do with a bemused Crist standing solo on stage at Broward College....
Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist are locked in a dead heat race for governor in the final weeks of the campaign, and a new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Bob Graham Center poll shows Florida voters think very little of either candidate.
The exclusive poll finds 40 percent of likely voters supporting Crist, 40 percent backing Scott, and 6 percent for Libertarian nominee Adrian Wyllie....