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. ...
07/14/14 State Roundup
Former state Sen. Nan Rich is working hard to get out the message about her gubernatorial campaign. Namely, that despite what Charlie Crist says, she's the only true liberal in the race.
The Democrat from Weston visited the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Monday to discuss her platform, and mentioned more than a few times that she thinks the former Republican governor is not the person for the job....
Former state Sen. Nan Rich is working hard to get out the message about her gubernatorial campaign. Namely, that despite what Charlie Crist says, she’s the only true liberal in the race.
The Weston Democrat visited the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Monday to discuss her platform, and mentioned that she thinks the former Republican governor is not the person for the job.
"Your record of what you've done is a good indicator of what you're going to do," Rich said, pointing out her own record of supporting public education, civil liberties, LGBT rights and child welfare advocacy. She also discussed a long record of favoring stricter gun laws, opposing school vouchers and pushing for a higher minimum wage....
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."...
07/02/14 Pop Culture
If you ever want to start a fight with a gamer, say that violent video games make them violent.
I mean, everyone knows virtually shooting someone in the face is what makes you a sociopath, always on the precipice of become a crazed gunman in real life, right?
Okay, so plenty of people say there's no correlation to support that. But according to a new study, there is a bit of evidence that playing violent games actually makes you more sociable....
For all the things Legoland has going for it, the park still has had some obstacles to being a perfect attraction. There's the long drive across Winter Haven. The $14 parking. And the fact there's really not much for the tiniest tots to do.
The park has addressed that last part in spades this season, revamping its Duplo Valley toddler section for children 5 and younger with all-new rides and facilities. What better way to give it a test-drive than to drive my own 2-year-old daughter (known to most friends and family as the Pink Ninja, thanks to a creative aunt) to Polk County and give it a spin?...
With criticism of Charlie Crist mounting this week in the state's gubernatorial race, PolitiFact Florida checked a couple of claims that have been made against him. One is about financial disclosures, while the other concerns Florida's drug laws.
Rick Scott has attacked Crist for refusing to release his wife Carole's tax returns, saying "candidates for governor routinely disclose" their spouses’ tax returns. We rated that one here....
U.S. Rep. David Jolly expressed concern about plenty of issues during the Suncoast Tiger Bay political club luncheon in St. Petersburg on Monday, but the 2016 election wasn't one of them.
Jolly already is facing Libertarian Lucas Overby in his Nov. 4 re-election bid. The Democrats did not field a candidate. Jolly took the seat in a special election after Young died last October. Young's widow Beverly had said her husband hand-picked Jolly to be his successor, but has since announced she will run for the seat herself in 2016....