PolitiFact Florida: Loretta Lynch says gays and lesbians are most frequently targeted for hate crimes06/23/16 Blog
The Orlando shooting massacre at the Pulse gay nightclub that led to the deaths of 49 victims has led to more national attention about hate crimes targeting the gay community.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke about the attack hours later on Fox News Sunday.
"I think we have to keep our eye on a larger picture here, which is the victims of this crime were from a community that is often marginalized and that, frankly, the LGBT community is more often the victims of hate crimes than any other recognized group," she said....
Former Gov. Charlie Crist once faced withering criticism for hugging President Barack Obama, but now Obama is returning the favor by embracing Crist’s congressional campaign.
Obama endorsed Crist, a Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, for a U.S. House seat in a June 20, 2016, statement. He said Crist "has always put people above politics," and proved it during his single gubernatorial term between January 2007 and January 2011 — right as the Great Recession gripped the state following the housing market’s crash....
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio announced that he will seek re-election in Florida, ending weeks of speculation about his political future.
Rubio told reporters that he faced a sense of duty to remain in office whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is elected president....
Tim Canova, who is in a Democratic primary battle with U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, says he pushed to crack down on the financial services industry even before the financial collapse. And, he says he played a role in the 2010 financial reform bill.
Canova, a law professor and first-time candidate, said in a June 1 Medium post he "helped to draft parts of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform bill, one of President Obama’s signature accomplishments."...
Marco Rubio has yet to bow to pressure to reconsider his decision against seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate. But he is pushing back hard against the suggestion that he didn’t like his job in the upper house of Congress.
"Flashback to another article quoting a ‘longtime friend’ saying I ‘hate’ Senate. Words I have NEVER said to anyone," Rubio tweeted on May 16, 2016....
Marco Rubio has yet to bow to pressure to reconsider his decision against seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate. But he is pushing back hard against the suggestion that he didn't like his job in the upper house of Congress.
"Flashback to another article quoting a 'longtime friend' saying I 'hate' Senate. Words I have NEVER said to anyone," Rubio tweeted on May 16.
The tweet linked to a Washington Post article put online on Oct. 25, 2015, that quoted an anonymous Floridian friend of Rubio's as saying the gridlock in the Senate had worn out the freshman senator. "He hates it," the source said....
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton continued their battle over gun rights following his recent endorsement by the National Rifle Association.
Trump told the NRA that Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment (she doesn’t) while Clinton said that Trump wants to allow guns in schools (he has promised to get rid of gun-free zones).
But Trump says Clinton’s positions are misguided because gun permit holders follow the law — and that includes Florida, where he says only a tiny speck have lost the right to a gun permit....
05/29/16 State Roundup
U.S. Senate candidate Todd Wilcox said the controversial interrogation practice of waterboarding isn't torture but an effective tool in the global war on terror.
It gets results, he said.
In an interview published in the Miami Herald on May 20, Wilcox blamed the White House for limiting the country's ability to gain intelligence from alleged terrorists.
"I can tell you that the enhanced interrogation techniques that have since been banned by this administration — specifically waterboarding — work," said Wilcox, who is vying for the Republican nomination to replace Sen. Marco Rubio. "They work on the terrorists, and there's a proven history of that."...
PolitiFact Florida checks whether waterboarding actually works, like US Senate candidate and former CIA officer Todd Wilcox says05/24/16 Blog
U.S. Senate candidate Todd Wilcox said the controversial interrogation practice of waterboarding isn’t torture but an effective tool in the global war on terror.
It gets results, he said.
In an interview published in the Miami Herald on May 20, Wilcox blamed the White House for limiting the country’s ability to gain intelligence from alleged terrorists....
Gov. Rick Scott holds a higher education summit in Orlando this week so PolitiFact Florida checked on Scott's progress on two higher education promises.
Scott promised to make Florida No. 1 in higher education affordability -- even though our tuition is already one of the lowest in the nation. Here is our update about his promise....
PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking claim that Amendment 2 will bring more pot shops than Walmarts and Walgreens05/22/16
Opponents of Florida's medical marijuana amendment have fired up a new round of attacks, claiming there will be a dispensary on practically every corner if voters approve the initiative.
In a three-minute ad released May 16, the group Vote No On 2 calls Amendment 2 "a scam to legalize pot." Should the measure pass, they say, it's likely that places to buy medical marijuana will outnumber two large chains. ...
PolitiFact Florida: Medical marijuana dispensaries will outnumber Walmarts and Walgreens in Florida, anti-pot group says05/20/16 Blog
Opponents of Florida’s medical marijuana amendment have fired up a new round of attacks, claiming there will be a dispensary on practically every corner if voters approve the initiative.
In a three-minute ad released May 16, 2016, the group Vote No On 2 calls Amendment 2 "a scam to legalize pot." Should the measure pass, they say, it’s likely that places to buy medical marijuana will outnumber two well-known retail outlets....
PolitiFact Florida: Alan Grayson lacks evidence for accusation about Patrick Murphy's father and All Aboard Florida05/19/16 Blog
U.S. Senate candidate Alan Grayson dismissed a New York Times story about his hedge fund as "full of s---" in a sit-down with CBS4’s Jim Defede, a reaction so wrong his own campaign corrected him on the facts.
But that wasn’t the only attack in the interview that ran off the rails. Grayson called rival Patrick Murphy a "walking, talking crook" and zeroed in on Murphy’s wealthy businessman father, another focal point in the race between the two Democratic congressmen running for Sen. Marco Rubio’s seat....
U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson wants voters to think he’s the only true Democrat in the race for Marco Rubio’s soon-to-be-open Senate seat. After all, he reasoned, his primary opponent helped Republicans create the Benghazi committee.
"Two years ago last Sunday, the Benghazi committee came into being," the Orlando businessman and former lawyer said in a fundraising email on May 11, 2016. "There are only three Democrats in the House today who voted for it. One of them is my primary opponent, Patrick Murphy."...
05/15/16 State Roundup
A voter at a recent debate asked U.S. Reps. David Jolly and Alan Grayson whether climate change presented the greatest threat the world currently faces. That's when Jolly steered the conversation into a ditch.
The Indian Shores Republican answered that "agents of terror" are the greatest threat against America, but the effects of climate change are real and will need to be addressed. He said he preferred tax credits and federal money for research instead of stricter environmental and energy regulations from Washington....