For the fourth straight election cycle, the Buzz is publishing periodic rankings of the most vulnerable seats in Florida's U.S. House delegation, which includes 17 Republicans and 10 Democrats. This is our first attempt to compile rankings since June 2015 -- and a lot has happened since then.
Thanks to newly redrawn district lines, an open U.S. Senate seat that attracted U.S. House members from both parties, a smattering of retirements, and some primary challenges to incumbents, nearly half of Florida's seats in the U.S. House - 13 out of 27 - are in some type of flux this year....
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled in Brooklyn in the ninth Democratic primary debate Thursday night, leaving no feelings spared and no attacks unused.
The candidates shirked their usual congeniality and tussled over their approaches to foreign policy, Wall Street regulation, raising the minimum wage and gun control during their last debate before New York's primary election Tuesday....
Says the Congressional Budget Office "is expecting a protracted economic malaise for at least the next decade under current policies."
Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., March 28 on the website Medium
We wondered whether Price accurately quoted the CBO, so we looked at the original document. It turns out that he repeated the CBO's glass-half-empty comments while glossing over the agency's alternate, glass-half-full interpretation....
Says President Barack Obama has "been presiding over our jobs going overseas for seven years."
Ted Cruz, March 13 on NBC's Meet the Press
We will note that there is no single data source that provides specific numbers of jobs flowing overseas. We did find a couple of studies that touched on this subject; however, each has drawbacks....
In answering questions about clashes between his supporters and protesters at campaign events, Donald Trump made the startling — but incorrect — claim that a recent protester was linked to Islamic terrorism.
At a Trump rally Saturday in Dayton, Ohio, Thomas DiMassimo, 22, jumped a barrier and rushed the stage, according to police. Secret Service agents tackled him, and DiMassimo was charged with inducing panic and disorderly conduct. He was released from the Montgomery County Jail later the same day....
When John Kasich became governor of Ohio, "there was an $8 billion budget deficit, and now there's a $2 billion surplus."
Arnold Schwarzenegger, March 6, in an endorsement speech in Columbus, Ohio
Kasich has made similar statements throughout his campaign for president and highlighted this fiscal transformation on his website....
Donald Trump's campaign has roiled the primary contests for president, forcing politicians and pundits alike to sort out what's going on in 2016. On Meet the Press, Mitt Romney continued to make the case that a Trump nomination would be bad for the party and bad for the country.
"Let me put it plainly: If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished," said Romney, the party's 2012 nominee....
As Flint, Mich., prepares to host a Democratic presidential debate March 6, the presidential candidates are tossing around blame for the city's water crisis.
Hillary Clinton, for example, mentioned the city in her concession speech on the night of the New Hampshire primary.
"When I started this campaign last spring, I knew we were facing profound challenges as a country," Clinton told supporters Feb. 9. "The way too many things were going just wasn't right. It isn't right that the kids I met in Flint on Sunday were poisoned because their governor wanted to save money."...
During his victory speech after the New Hampshire primary, Donald Trump repeated a claim he'd made several times before.
"Don't believe those phony numbers when you hear 4.9 and 5 percent unemployment," Trump said. "The number's probably 28, 29, as high as 35. In fact, I even heard recently 42 percent."
Actually, Trump's the one who shouldn't be believed. Numbers that high are not even close to accurate....
Fresh off his victory in the New Hampshire primary, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders decried former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's record and her admiration for former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as the pair met onstage Thursday in Milwaukee.
We fact-checked a number of statements by both candidates in the Democratic debate.
During her opening statement, Clinton tried to channel the frustration that has led many voters to consider backing her opponent....
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s positions on some issues, such as immigration, have been to the left of other members of the GOP presidential field. But last month, Bush laid down a marker on his own conservatism: his selection of conservative judges.
"I have a proven record of appointing conservatives to the Florida judiciary as governor, and my administration devoted substantial time to vetting nominees,"Bush wrote in an article for Medium. "We sought judges who had shown humility, courage, an appreciation of the duties of a judge, a respect for the will of the people, and devotion to full application of the law without equivocation. My two appointments to the Florida Supreme Court, Raul Cantero and Kenneth Bell, have earned reputations as its most consistent conservatives. Additionally, two of the appellate judges I named as governor, Charles Canady and Ricky Polston, are now serving with distinction on the Florida Supreme Court."...
The debt "comes up all the time in town meetings … but it's never asked in the debates. It's really weird. It hasn't been brought up."
Jeb Bush, Feb. 2 at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H.
We found this hard to believe — and it turns out, Bush's memory on this one is faulty.
Examples of questions about the debt asked during a debate:...
RINDGE, N.H. — The day after Iowa voters gave first, second and third place to relatively inexperienced Republican politicians, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush doubled down on the experience card during a morning event in New Hampshire.
Bush chose to be introduced by a veteran congressional politician — former presidential rival Lindsey Graham — and by his host, Franklin Pierce University president Andy Card, who was the former chief of staff to President George W. Bush, Jeb Bush’s brother....
"Fifty years ago, the average GM employee could pay for a year of a son or daughter's college tuition on just two weeks' wages."
Martin O'Malley, Democratic presidential candidate, Jan. 14 in a column on Medium.com
According to the U.S. Education Department, average undergraduate tuition and fees — excluding room and board — in the 1965-1966 school year was $607 per year for a four-year college (public and private) and $203 for a two-year college....
The battle for conservative votes between Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has morphed from friendly fire to all-out war ahead of the Feb. 1 Iowa caucus.
A new television ad from Cruz that Trump condemns exemplifies the pre-caucus beef. Cruz's ad portrays Trump as a selfish businessman who loves eminent domain because it "made him rich, like when he colluded with Atlantic City insiders to bulldoze the home of an elderly widow."...