Former Gov. Charlie Crist wasted little time after U.S. Rep. David Jolly announced a run for Senate, suggesting that he may be return to the campaign trail to run for Jolly’s House seat.
On July 21, 2015, Jolly joined a crowded field vying for the Republican nomination for the seat being vacated by presidential candidate Marco Rubio. His 13th congressional district seat faces an overhaul. The Florida Supreme Court has ruled eight districts, including the one Jolly currently represents, must be redrawn to comply with voter-approved fairness guidelines....
Donald Trump criticized GOP primary rival Jeb Bush’s stance on immigration, implying the former governor allowed parts of Florida to shield illegal immigrants from federal laws while Bush was in office.
"The polls just came out, and I'm tied with Jeb Bush. And I said, oh, that's too bad, how can I be tied with this guy? He's terrible. He's terrible. He's weak on immigration," Trump said during a speech in Phoenix on July 11, 2015. "You know, the sanctuary cities, do you know he had five of them in Florida while he was governor? Can you believe this? I didn't know that."...
07/12/15 State Roundup
An Orlando businessman vying for Marco Rubio's soon-to-be-vacated Senate seat announced his candidacy by saying fresh blood is needed to change the worst economic climate the country has ever faced.
"It's time to restore America's prominence both here at home and abroad," Todd Wilcox, a former Green Beret and CIA veteran, said in a statement announcing his candidacy July 8. "The economy is growing at a dismal rate. More businesses are closing than are opening for the first time in our nation's history."...
PolitiFact Florida: Senate candidate Todd Wilcox says more businesses closing than opening for first time07/10/15 Blog
An Orlando businessman vying for Marco Rubio’s soon-to-be-vacated Senate seat announced his candidacy by saying fresh blood is needed to change the worst economic climate the country’s ever faced.
"It's time to restore America's prominence both here at home and abroad," Todd Wilcox, a former Green Beret and CIA veteran, said in a statement announcing his candidacy on July 8, 2015. "The economy is growing at a dismal rate. More businesses are closing than are opening for the first time in our nation's history."...
Republicans in Congress recently voted for legislation that would prevent the federal government from implementing new emissions regulations on power plants -- in part, some argue, because utilities are already cutting carbon levels on their own.
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, said that HR 2042, known as the Ratepayer Protection Act, would protect states from costly rules that aren’t necessary. The bill would delay the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce nationwide carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. The legislation also would allow states to opt out of the reduced emissions requirement....
Former Gov. Jeb Bush likes to advertise education reforms during his two terms in office, but the Florida Democratic Party wants to remind voters those changes came at a price.
In a news release, Democrats cited what they said were Bush's dubious gubernatorial achievements, including that he "oversaw (an) average in-state tuition increase of 48.2 percent during his tenure."
Did public university tuition go up by almost 50 percent in eight years during Bush's two terms? That number is more or less correct, but there's more to the Bush-era education overhaul than that....
A Facebook meme from a political group made so many simultaneous assertions about former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, we couldn’t put them all on the Truth-O-Meter.
That doesn’t mean we can’t still examine the quintet of claims, however.
Ultraviolet, which describes itself as a community "mobilized to fight sexism and expand women’s rights," posted an image labeled "5 things you should know about Jeb Bush" to its Facebook page on June 15, 2015. A few days later, the group added a link to information backing up its claims. PolitiFact Florida wanted to review this information for ourselves....
A $2 million earmark for a private, for-profit sports academy in this year’s state budget may help the school expand its economic impact, but breaking down the specific benefits of the complex has proven to be a bit opaque.
After lawmakers slipped the seven-figure sum for IMG Academy near Bradenton into the budget without public discussion, officials defended the move by pointing to how the school is helping Manatee County and the state....
Jeb Bush keeps promoting his record during the runup to announcing his presidential campaign, telling a crowd at a Republican event he cut taxes as Florida’s governor.
"In Florida, for eight years we cut taxes every year, totaling $19 billion, creating a much better business climate," Bush told the crowd at Gov. Rick Scott's Economic Growth Summit in Orlando on June 2, 2015.
Florida’s budget went from $48.6 billion to $73.9 billion during Bush’s tenure, thanks in part to an influx of some 3.5 million people. The state also pocketed $10 billion in cash reserves and won a top bond rating....
Before announcing that he was going to announce his presidential candidacy, former Gov. Jeb Bush told a crowd at an Orlando event that he was dedicated to conservative principles like reducing the size of government.
"We reduced the government workforce by 13,000, 11 percent, during my eight years," he said on June 2, 2015, at Gov. Rick Scott’s Economic Growth Summit at Walt Disney World. He also touted high job-creation numbers during his term....
Not-quite-yet Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush continues to sell potential voters on his eight years as Florida's governor.
"Florida was the only state during my eight years to go from AA to AAA (in its bond rating)," Bush told business leaders in Portsmouth, N.H., on May 20. He added that the change followed years of increasing the state's cash reserves from $1 billion to $10 billion....
Not-quite-yet Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush continues to sell potential voters on his eight years as Florida’s governor.
"Florida was the only state during my eight years to go from AA to AAA (in its bond rating)," Bush told business leaders in Portsmouth, N.H., on May 20, 2015. He added the change followed years of increasing the state’s cash reserves from $1 billion to $10 billion....
PolitiFact Florida readers had plenty to say about a host of fact-checks and stories about the state's two presidential contenders.
The most recent mailbag is focused on what we've written about both Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush. We heard about Rubio's 1999 metaphor, his take on Iranian weapons programs and more.
Readers also focused on Bush's claims about how many poor people there are, median income in the economic recovery and more....
05/24/15 State Roundup
A Democratic political action committee ripped Jeb Bush's presidential campaign, saying his positions as Florida's governor preview what he'd be like as commander in chief — particularly when it comes to women's issues.
Stephanie Schriock, president of the group Emily's List, said in an essay on Medium that Bush spent his two terms curbing women's reproductive and health rights. (Emily's List helps female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights.) Schriock ticked off several actions that ran counter to the group's stance, including Bush's support of abstinence-only sex education....
PolitiFact Florida has been checking all sorts of statements by and about former Gov. Jeb Bush in the last week, ranging from state spending to the history of the Iraq War to the VA care scandal.
At a town hall meeting in Reno, Nev., Bush said, "We had an agreement that the president could have signed that would have kept 10,000 troops" in Iraq. We rated that Mostly False. Read that item here....