Marc Caputo, Miami Herald

Marc Caputo

Marc Caputo covers state politics for the Miami Herald, in partnership with the Tampa Bay Times.

Email: mcaputo@miamiherald.com

Twitter: @MarcACaputo

  1. Scott to Crist: debate Nan Rich, then we'll talk

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    "Give me Scott."€

    Democrat Charlie Crist issued that implicit debate challenge to Gov. Rick Scott during an impromptu caught-on-video meeting with Lieutenant Governor Carlos-Lopez Cantera.

    But Scott said Tuesday that he'€™s not ready to take up the challenge, noting that Crist has refused to debate his fellow Democrat, former Sen. Nan Rich.

    "€œThat'€™s laughable. Think about it. He has a primary," Scott said....

  2. Survey USA: Crist 46%, Scott 41%

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    A new SurveyUSA poll shows Democrat Charlie Crist leading Gov. Rick Scott by about 5 percentage points --and despite $5.2 million in ad buys from the Republican.

    The likely voter poll, conducted for Tampa's WFLA station, jibes with about a dozen other recent public surveys except two:...

  3. Gov. Rick Scott to Charlie Crist: Win your primary and then maybe we'll debate

    Elections

    "Give me Scott."

    Democrat Charlie Crist issued that implicit debate challenge to Gov. Rick Scott during an impromptu caught-on-video meeting Monday with Lt. Gov. Carlos-Lopez Cantera.

    But Scott said Tuesday that he's not ready to take up the challenge, noting that Crist has refused to debate his fellow Democrat, former Sen. Nan Rich.

    "That's laughable. Think about it. He has a primary," Scott said....

  4. Rick Scott campaign: We're killing Crist on the ground

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    Remember yesterday's column about how Democrats' voter-registration edge isn't all it's cracked up to be? Well, neither is the party's ground game, according to the following memo from Gov. Rick Scott's Deputy Campaign Manager Tim Saler. Here it is:...

  5. Rick Scott's "American Comeback" as told by RGA

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    From an email:

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Republican Governors Association today launched the next video of the American Comeback project, a national advertising effort designed to tell the success stories and accomplishments of Republican governors.

    The newest video of the American Comeback project features Florida Governor Rick Scott. As governor, Scott readily calls upon the struggles his family experienced throughout his childhood as a driving force behind his resolve to create more jobs, more opportunity and more prosperity for the people of Florida....

  6. "Give me Scott"

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    Charlie Crist can'€™t resist small talk, a few cameras and a campaign stunt.

    His one-time ally and current opponent, Lieutenant Governor Lopez-Cantera, found that out that hard way on Monday when he was assigned to shadow Crist at a Palm Beach County event and give Gov. Rick Scott’s response.

    Crist stepped all over Lopez-Cantera's message, however, as made plain in a 30-second Palm Beach Post video of an awkward exchange between the two. The Democrat interrupted the lieutenant governor's press gaggle, shook his hand and then basically declared Lopez-Cantera not good enough to debate....

  7. Charlie Crist's new spokesman: Eric Conrad

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    Democrat Charlie Crist's campaign for governor is slowly staffing up and has added a new spokesman to its ranks, Eric Conrad.

    A brief bio from the campaign

    "Eric Conrad is fourth generation Floridian who has been working for campaigns and nonprofits across the country since graduating from the University of Florida. Most recently that time included work as the Florida...

  8. Gov. Rick Scott stands by two misleading campaign ads on Obamacare

    Health

    MIAMI — Gov. Rick Scott is standing by two misleading campaign ads that falsely suggest 300,000 people in the state already lost their health insurance plans due to Obamacare.

    "Clearly, the ad's accurate," Scott told reporters Wednesday in Miami, declining to elaborate.

    The insurance company at the center of Scott's claim, Florida Blue, said in an email that the Affordable Care Act has not resulted in 300,000 of its customers being forced out of their plans....

  9. Rick Scott stands by two misleading ads

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    Gov. Rick Scott is standing by two misleading campaign ads that falsely suggest 300,000 people in the state already lost their health insurance plans due to Obamacare.

    “Clearly, the ad’s accurate,” Scott told reporters Wednesday in Miami, declining to elaborate.

    The insurance company at the center of Scott’s claim, Florida Blue, said in an email that the Affordable Care Act has not resulted in 300,000 of its customers being forced out of their plans.

    "To date, most of the members in our pre-ACA plans have kept their plans,” Florida Blue spokesman Paul Kluding said in a recent public statement....

  10. Rick Scott: Obama's 'not caring about Venezuela'

    State Roundup

    MIAMI — Gov. Rick Scott met Monday with Venezuelan activists who are becoming increasingly frustrated with President Obama's relative silence about crackdowns on protesters in the South American country.

    Ruth Alcalá just wants the president she twice voted for, Obama, to speak forcefully about Venezuela's crackdown on protesters.

    But for more than a month, she says, she and other Venezuelans have been "disappointed" in the administration, even as she gathered 1,000 signatures for a letter that calls on Obama to act — or at least speak....

  11. Gov. Rick Scott's ex-fundraiser warned of trouble with Hispanic voters in explosive email

    National

    TALLAHASSEE — Weeks before resigning as a top fundraiser for Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign, health care executive Mike Fernandez revealed deep misgivings about a team of advisers he said is afraid to challenge Scott and is "homogeneous in its thinking."

    Fernandez's lengthy email, obtained by the Times/Herald, exposes for the first time the private campaign turmoil that led to his abrupt resignation as finance co-chairman last week....

    Mike and Constance Fernandez
  12. Mexican-accent controversy nags Gov. Rick Scott's campaign

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    Florida Republicans had a well-scripted plan to showcase their Latino outreach last week, as an immigrant-friendly tuition bill passed the state House and national Republicans unveiled their Florida Hispanic Advisory Council.

    Then came the Mexican-accent controversy.

    On Friday, the Miami Herald reported that Gov. Rick Scott’s top campaign-finance co-chairman, Mike Fernandez, raised a concern in an email last month about campaign associates joking around in over-the-top Mexican accents....

  13. Gov. Rick Scott's finance co-chair exits amid campaign turmoil

    Elections

    In a campaign shakeup, Gov. Rick Scott's top fundraiser — billionaire health care CEO Mike Fernandez — abruptly quit his post after weeks of behind-the-scenes disagreements.

    Fernandez said he was quitting to spend more time with his family and businesses. And he praised Scott's campaign in a letter to the campaign's leadership team.

    "Together, we have helped the Governor raise more than $35 million. This has been an unprecedented effort, which is only matched by our shared commitment to reelect our Governor this November," Fernandez's letter said....

  14. Rick Scott's campaign finance chief quits amid turmoil

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    In a campaign shakeup, Gov. Rick Scott’s top fundraiser — billionaire healthcare CEO Mike Fernandez — abruptly quit his post late Thursday after weeks of behind-the-scenes disagreements.

    Fernandez said he was quitting to spend more time with his family and businesses. And he praised Scott's campaign in a letter to the campaign's leadership team.

    "Together, we have helped the Governor raise more than $35 million. This has been an unprecedented effort, which is only matched by our shared commitment to reelect our Governor this November," Fernandez's letter said....

  15. Jeb Bush addresses business leaders on many issues but not the 2016 race

    National

    DAVIE — Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and a leading contender in the early GOP race for the White House, has fashioned himself as the "education governor."

    But on Friday, Bush went veggie.

    "I was the kind of the Eat Your Broccoli Governor," Bush joked at the Broward Workshop business breakfast, where he pointed out that his policies weren't always perceived as sweet.

    Judging from the applause of the 900 or so business leaders in attendance, Bush's speech was received like candy....

    Jeb Bush