Campaign ads are polluting this year's gubernatorial campaign, making plenty of harsh attacks about both Gov. Rick Scott and his leading Democratic challenger, Charlie Crist.
PolitiFact Florida has fact-checked two ads from a political action committee called NextGen, funded by billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer. The ads target Scott as cozy with Florida polluters.
Duke Energy ad...
08/17/14 State Roundup
A plan to build a passenger rail service connecting Miami and Orlando has fueled attacks in this year's race for governor.
The project has faced opposition from some residents on the Treasure Coast, who fear noise and other impacts. And as he campaigns for re-election, Gov. Rick Scott has faced heat for the role of his chief of staff, Adam Hollingsworth, who previously worked for All Aboard's parent company....
08/05/14 State Roundup
Charlie Crist unveiled his "Fair Shot Florida" plan to grow middle-class jobs on Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, repeating his familiar criticisms of Gov. Rick Scott for rejecting billions of federal dollars for high-speed rail expansion and for the state's failure to expand Medicaid.
Expanding Medicaid "will create as many as 120,000 new high-quality jobs," he said. PolitiFact rated Crist's earlier claim that the expansion would create 63,000 jobs as Half True. The 63,000 figure comes from a White House study chastising states such as Florida for failing to expand Medicaid. The Florida Hospital Association's most recent analysis in 2013 predicts 120,000 jobs created within a decade; the association supports expansion. Meanwhile, Moody's predicted between 10,000 and 30,000 jobs....
Many of former Gov. Charlie Crist’s ideas unveiled today in his “Fair Shot Florida” plan to grow middle class jobs were familiar campaign talking points.
Crist criticized Gov. Rick Scott for rejecting billions of federal dollars for high-speed rail expansion and for the state’s failure to expand Medicaid.
Expanding Medicaid “will create as many as 120,000 new high quality jobs,” Crist said at his policy announcement in Fort Lauderdale this afternoon....
08/03/14 State Roundup
Nan Rich has been portraying herself as the real Democrat in the race as she challenges former Gov. Charlie Crist for the party's nomination to run against Gov. Rick Scott in November.
To that end, she talked about tax policy and Florida's economy at a recent speech before the Florida Press Association.
In response to questions, Rich said Florida's tax structure was too regressive. ...
In defending traditional marriage, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said in a speech about values at Catholic University that fathers play a vital role in their children’s success.
Rubio said, "Having an active father makes children 98 percent more likely to graduate from college." Rubio was citing a research brief that looked at a survey of 11 different measures of fathers’ involvement with their children and whether the children graduated from college....
Former Gov. Charlie Crist continued his attacks on Gov. Rick Scott's education funding record in a TV ad set at St. Petersburg High School, Crist's alma mater.
"This isn't just a doorway to a school. It was my doorway as a public school kid to opportunity. And I want to make sure every child has that same chance for a better life," Crist says in the ad. "But Rick Scott's education cuts are closing that door on Florida's kids, spending almost $200 less per student than when I was governor and cutting Bright Futures scholarships in half."...
Another week, another policy tour for Gov. Rick Scott with a focus on ... you guessed it ... jobs.
Scott’s campaign brought his “Jobs for the Next Generation” tour to Pompano Beach this morning at Hoerbiger Corp., which manufactures parts for compressors. The company is headquartered in Switzerland and employs about 350 people at the Pompano Beach site.
Scott chatted up workers as he toured the facility (without the safety goggles that reporters and other visitors had to wear) and then gave a short speech in which he talked up the growth in manufacturing jobs....
07/13/14 State Roundup
The White House has new ammunition for those fighting for Medicaid expansion: It would create jobs.
The study by the White House Council of Economic Advisers — titled "Missed Opportunities" — provides a state-by-state analysis of how many jobs would be created by expanding Medicaid. The number for Florida: 63,800 jobs between 2014 and 2017.
The study is part of the Obama administration's promotion of the Affordable Care Act, which includes the federal government picking up the initial tab for Medicaid expansion....
07/10/14 State Roundup
MIAMI — Former Gov. Charlie Crist defended his record leading Florida through the recession and attacked Gov. Rick Scott's record on everything from education funding to rejecting federal dollars during a speech Thursday to the Florida Press Association.
Former state Sen. Nan Rich of Weston, who is running against Crist in the Democratic primary, speaks Friday at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Scott declined an invitation to appear at the event....
07/06/14 State Roundup
A radio ad attacking former Gov. Charlie Crist accuses him of signing the nation's "harshest marijuana laws." And it's aimed at a voting bloc that overwhelmingly sides with Democrats: African-Americans.
"While Crist was coddling the gun lobby, he was cracking down on us," says the ad from Progressive Choice Florida, a 501(c)4 group that has been attacking Crist from the left. "Passing maximum sentencing laws. Signing the nation's harshest marijuana laws. And enacting the country's strictest penalties against non-violent offenders — many of whom just happen to be black."...
06/29/14 State Roundup
Students, teachers and a mom praise Gov. Rick Scott's record on higher education and bash that of Democratic front-runner Charlie Crist in a TV ad released this month by the Republican Party of Florida.
"You know, college has become so expensive. Gov. Crist was a governor that was not looking out for Florida. Tuition skyrocketed. You know, Charlie Crist made college cost more. Charlie Crist did not make education a priority," states the ad, as a 2009 Tampa Bay Times headline flashes on the screen, citing a tuition increase of up to 15 percent....
The Florida Democratic Party launched its first TV ad this year in the governor's race and the subject is a familiar one: the investigation into Republican Gov. Rick Scott's former health care company.
"Maybe you've heard about what was the largest Medicare fraud in history, committed when Rick Scott was a CEO," the narrator says. "Or that Scott's company paid record fraud fines of $1.7 billion. And when Scott was deposed in lawsuits about his company, he took the Fifth 75 times. Meaning, 75 times, Scott refused to answer questions because — if he had — he might admit to committing a crime."...
06/01/14 State Roundup
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio made waves about climate change in a May 11 interview on ABC's This Week.
"I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it," Rubio said. "And I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it. Except it will destroy our economy."
After a May 13 speech at Daemen College in upstate New York, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, suggested that voters stop electing tea party-aligned politicians — and then she turned her sights on Rubio for disagreeing with the scientific consensus that climate change is man-made. She called for politicians to reach across the aisle in search of solutions, singling out a cap and trade plan as an area where the parties could agree....