09/21/14 State Roundup
Attorney General Pam Bondi has launched her re-election advertising campaign with a major milestone in Florida law enforcement: the death of the state's infamous "pill mills."
In a Sept. 8 TV commercial, the incumbent touts her record of overseeing the demise of rampant prescription drug abuse enabled by Florida doctors.
"With our amazing law enforcement, we closed down the pill mills," Bondi said. "Of the top 100 oxycodone-dispensing doctors in this country, 98 of them lived in Florida. Today, there are none."...
09/06/14 State Roundup
Gov. Rick Scott has had nearly four years to enact the agenda he promised as a candidate back in 2010: a relentless focus on jobs, a downsizing of government and a hard line on illegal immigration.
PolitiFact Florida has tracked 57 of his campaign promises over four years and found a mixed report. Scott is certainly trying on job creation. He has succeeded in shrinking government. But he has largely reversed himself on immigration. ...
09/05/14 State Roundup
Heading into the November general election, Gov. Rick Scott's promise to create more than 700,000 jobs in seven years has either suffered a hiccup or continues unabated, depending on your point of view.
July jobs numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show Florida lost 1,600 jobs last month — or gained 2,100, if you ask Scott. He has consistently ignored losses in government employment and touted private-sector growth. The state has lost 25,400 government jobs during Scott's term, U.S. Labor Department economist Timothy Ewing told PolitiFact Florida....
Charlie Crist isn’t the only former Republican-turned-Democrat running for major statewide office this November: Chief Financial Officer candidate William Rankin wants to join him....
09/02/14 Pop Culture
While we're all awaiting Bungie's Destiny to consume our lives (and our hard drives) next week, there's been a lot of talk about Twitch lately — almost $1 billion worth of talk, in fact.
Burgeoning multimedia superpower Amazon on Aug. 25 agreed to pay $970 million in cash to the streaming video game channel. That forced many oldsters on the business- and media-analyst side to scratch their heads and wonder, why did Amazon pay that much for an outlet to watch other people play video games?...
ST. PETERSBURG — An organizer of Florida's medical marijuana amendment beat back the latest round of opponents' attacks Thursday, contending that the proposal says more than enough to address concerns about legal implications.
Ben Pollara, spokesman for the John Morgan-backed pro-amendment group United for Care, told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Thursday that Amendment 2 is not a veiled effort toward total marijuana legalization. That was among the charges made last week in a visit to the board from a group representing the Drug Free America Foundation....
The organizers of Florida’s medical marijuana amendment beat back the latest round of opponents’ attacks Thursday, contending that the proposal says more than enough to address any concerns about the amendment’s legal implications..
Ben Pollara, spokesman for the pro-amendment group United for Care, told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Thursday that Amendment 2 is not a veiled effort toward total marijuana legalization. That was among the charges made last week in a visit to the board from a group representing the Drug Free America Foundation....
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....