PolitiFact Florida: Do federal officials plan to send 425 Syrian refugees to Florida as Rick Scott says?11/20/15 Blog
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has joined dozens of governors who say they don’t want to take Syrian refugees following the terrorist attacks in Paris.
He criticized the federal government’s plans to take 10,000 Syrian refugees during an interview with Fox News’ Stuart Varney on Nov. 17.
"This is something that they are making the decision, whether we like it or not, to send 425 refugees to our state without giving us any information."...
Donald Trump delivered yet another rambling speech where he praised himself many times and bashed his GOP rivals and Democrats Friday at the Republican Party of Florida Sunshine Summit.
Trump made several promises such as replacing Obamacare and deporting “bad dudes” without offering specifics as to how he would deliver. And he repeated promises to get rid of sanctuary cities and make Mexico pay for his “beautiful” wall....
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee reminisced about how he took on the Clinton machine in Arkansas and talked about the economy and immigration during the Republican Party of Florida Sunshine Summit in Orlando Friday. Here are some excerpts:
HILLARY CLINTON: “I don’t know of anybody that is better prepared to take on battle with Hillary than me because no one ever faced the Clinton machine like I did because every election I was ever involved in was against the Bill and Hillary Clinton apparatus.”...
GOP presidential candidates including U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush speak at the Republican Party of Florida Sunshine Summit in Orlando today. Here is a link to PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter records of all the 2016 candidates, including Donald Trump and Ben Carson....
The fourth GOP presidential debate hosted by Fox Business in Milwaukee focused on the economy, with candidates making claims that didn't always stand up to scrutiny.
Candidates spent a good portion of the debate bemoaning the tax code and outlining their plans to improve it. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas -- who has pushed to abolish the Internal Revenue Service -- said, "There are more words in the IRS code than there are in the Bible." It’s generally accepted that the tax code is about 4 million words long, while the Bible is about 800,000. So Cruz’s claim came out True....
Gov. Rick Scott will give brief remarks at the GOP Sunshine Summit with presidential candidates on Friday.
Earlier today we were told he would give opening and closing remarks, but it turns out he will only be at the event from 11 a.m. until noon Friday and speak once according to Brecht Heuchan, spokesman for Scott's Let's Get to Work Political Committee.
The fact that Scott and the party separately organized summits shows the rocky relationship the governor has had with RPOF in recent months since the party group elected a chairman, Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, rather than Scott’s preferred candidate....
11/04/15 State Roundup
Ben Carson has defied the traditional presidential playbook, taking time off from the campaign trail to promote his latest book and sign copies for hundreds of fans.
He heads to unusual ground in South Florida on Thursday: West Kendall, a Hispanic bastion, and Fort Lauderdale, the seat of the bluest county in Florida. Carson leads hometown Republican candidates Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush in the latest Florida polls, behind Donald Trump....
PolitiFact Florida: Rubio said there was never evidence that the attacks on Benghazi were spontaneous11/04/15 Blog
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio portrayed Hillary Clinton as lying about the circumstances of the Benghazi attack when she said the attacks were the result of an anti-Muslim video instead of al-Qaida-like terrorists.
"There was not a single person on the ground in Benghazi who believed that it was a spontaneous uprising," he said in an interview on CNN on Oct. 29, 2015.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo asked Rubio how it could be a lie if the CIA told Clinton it was due to a demonstration....
10/30/15 State Roundup
"The top 1 percent pay 45 percent of all taxes in the country."
Jeb Bush, Oct. 14, in a town hall in Concord, N.H.
We found that the accuracy of Bush's comment depends on what type of federal taxes we consider. (Our analysis won't cover state and local taxes, which vary across the country.)
The Tax Policy Center, home to widely quoted nonpartisan experts on taxes, calculated in June that the top 1 percent will have 16.5 percent of total income in 2015 and pay 43.6 percent of federal income taxes....
A high school student at a New Hampshire town hall quizzed Jeb Bush on how he will close tax loopholes for the rich.
Bush said that although tax brackets are progressive -- meaning the more you earn, the more you pay -- they end up being regressive because rich people invest in the stock market and then have less taxable income.
"On taxes, we do have a progressive tax rate when you consider that the top 1 percent pay 45 percent all taxes in the country," Bush said during the Oct. 14 town hall in Concord. "That is a fairly disproportionate amount."...
The struggles of Jeb Bush have pundits rethinking who will emerge as the Republican establishment alternative to 2016 outsiders like Ben Carson and Donald Trump.
A name that keeps surfacing: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
Rubio is the "candidate who seems to be in the cat-bird’s seat right now," said ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. Stephanopoulos asked liberal pundit and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm if Rubio has Democrats worried....
On the presidential campaign trail in Ohio, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., called for reversing some of President Barack Obama’s environmental policies and vowed to allow more drilling and hydraulic fracturing.
Rubio argued that Environmental Protection Agency rules are too burdensome, pointing to two businesspeople who joined him at his speech, James Mackall, president of Artex Oil, and Tom Mackall, president of East Fairfield Coal....
Democratic presidential candidates finally got their chance to take high-profile shots at frontrunner Hillary Clinton in their first debate Tuesday, highlighting her vote for the Iraq war, her flip-flop on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and her proposed no-fly zone in Syria as weaknesses.
One thing they largely left alone: the email controversy that has grated the former secretary of state’s campaign....
10/11/15 State Roundup
Florida is one of only a handful of states left in the country that doesn't allow any open carry of firearms, and some state legislators want to change that.
State Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, is sponsoring a bill that would allow those with a conceal carry license to openly carry their firearms. Last week, a House panel voted in favor of the bill, which will now advance to other committees in anticipation of a January legislative session....
In Florida, Hillary Clinton takes aim at Florida Republicans over climate change, Medicaid expansion10/02/15National
DAVIE — In an effort to draw Democrats to her campaign, Hillary Clinton bashed Republicans in a South Florida speech Friday for ignoring climate change and refusing to expand Medicaid in the nation's largest swing state.
During her half-hour speech at Broward College in Davie, Clinton made no specific mention of her Florida GOP rivals, even though five are full- or part-time state residents: former Gov. Jeb Bush, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and developer Donald Trump....