Before Floridians headed to the polls Tuesday for the state's primary election, PolitiFact Florida reviewed some of the statements made by the three biggest names in the gubernatorial race.
We've checked Democrats Nan Rich and Charlie Crist and Republican incumbent Rick Scott during the primary campaign. They've had plenty to say about education, jobs, taxes and the economy, but we break it all down for you here....
08/24/14 State Roundup
Charlie Crist's vow to change Florida law about insurance regulation during a Facebook Q&A on Aug. 6 was not liked by the Republican Party of Florida.
In answer to a voter's question, Crist said he would reinstate the state insurance commissioner's power to renegotiate 2015 health insurance rates in time to keep costs down.
"The fact that we have a law on the books under Rick Scott that says the Office of Insurance Regulation can't regulate insurance is astounding," Crist said. "We deserve better, you deserve better."...
ST. PETERSBURG — It's not that Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri is against access to the potential medical benefits of marijuana — he's worried about the potential side effects.
During a visit to the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Wednesday, Gualtieri expressed dismay about Amendment 2, the medical marijuana initiative on this November's ballot. Gualtieri, constitutional attorney Susan Kelsey and Dr. Rafael Miguel of the Sarasota Memorial Institute for Advanced Medicine's Pain Medicine Program, were representing Drug Free America's campaign against the amendment....
It’s not that Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri is against access to the potential medical benefits of marijuana; He’s worried about the side effects....
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...
Campaign ads are really polluting this year's gubernatorial campaign, making plenty of harsh attacks about both Gov. Rick scott and his Democratic challenger, Charlie Crist. PolitiFact Florida has taken on a quartet of claims from the last few days.
First is environmentalist PAC Next Gen Climate saying Scott "is letting Duke (Energy) keep collecting billions" despite troubled power plants. That's referring to the electric company's failed nuclear projects north of Tampa Bay. We rated that one here....
08/10/14 State Roundup
Medical marijuana opponents are taking to the streets to oppose Amendment 2, citing statistics that drugged driving would be a major side effect to legalizing cannabis.
Don't Let Florida Go To Pot, a coalition of more than 40 organizations fighting against the proposed medical marijuana amendment, says on its website that the drug is implicated in a fourth of all fatal accidents.
"Twenty-five percent of all drug-related fatal vehicle accidents in the U.S. involve marijuana," the group says under the header "Statistics."...
Charlie Crist's latest campaign commercial says Gov. Rick Scott raised property taxes. But the process isn't that simple.
PolitiFact Florida researched this claim to explain how your taxes pay for schools. Whether or not those taxes have gone up is a matter of tax rates vs. tax collections. Read PolitiFact's findings here....
07/30/14 Pop Culture
There's been no question that Bungie's upcoming Destiny is, ahem, destined to be the marquee title of the new console generation. But the beta has turned out to be a goldmine even bigger than publisher Activision could have dreamed.
The two-week online test run, which ended July 27, brought in more than 4.6 million gamers. If that number sounds high, that's because they don't really go much higher....
07/20/14 State Roundup
Charlie Crist has gone on the offensive against Gov. Rick Scott, launching a TV ad campaign and pulling no punches in interviews.
In one free-wheeling discussion with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board last week, former Gov. Crist attacked Scott's education spending.
"I can only imagine how nice it would be to serve as governor when you have a surplus of almost $3 billion. That's what this guy has right now," Crist said. "And in spite of it, he still hasn't matched what I did during the recession for per-pupil funding for kids. In fact, he's about $200 less."...
07/18/14 State Roundup
"Light rail does not reduce congestion."
No Tax For Tracks, in a website post at RailTaxFacts.com
Critics of the Greenlight Pinellas mass transit initiative are attacking the plan at full speed by questioning the effectiveness of the proposal's light rail line.
We wondered if the idea of reduced congestion was a dependable guidepost, or if we're all being taken for a ride....
07/16/14 State Roundup
Former Gov. Charlie Crist wants to get his old job back because he wants Florida back. And it shouldn't be a surprise he switched parties to try to do it, he says.
"It's a unique race, obviously, for a lot of reasons," Crist told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Wednesday in a wide-ranging discussion about the governor's race. "To be running as a Democrat is a lot more fun for me, frankly, because I feel more at home."...
Former Gov. Charlie Crist wants his old job back because he wants Florida back. And it shouldn’t be a surprise he switched parties to try to do it.
“It’s a unique race, obviously, for a lot of reasons,” Crist told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board in a wide-ranging discussion Wednesday. “To be running as a Democrat is a lot more fun for me, frankly, because I feel more at home.”...
While George Sheldon is new to Florida’s attorney general race, he’s no stranger in state politics.
The onetime Democratic representative said Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi has been wasting taxpayer resources on partisan crusades that don’t directly affect Florida policy, he told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Wednesday.
07/14/14 State Roundup
The attacks in this 2014 campaign for Florida governor have been tit for tat.
Gov. Rick Scott says he boosted education funding, Democrat Charlie Crist says no — he did.
Crist says the economic "turnaround started at the end of my term." Scott says Florida hemorrhaged jobs under Crist and Scott's the reason behind brightening skies.
One uneven playing field is TV, into which Scott and his allies have poured millions to run campaign advertisements. Now, Crist is out with his first TV ad, featuring upbeat music and Crist standing on a Florida beach. ...