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

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  1. Poll: Most Floridians are concerned about climate change

    State Roundup

    Nearly eight in 10 likely Florida voters want limits on carbon pollution from power plants and up to 71 percent say they're concerned about climate change, according to a new poll conducted for an environmental group during the hotly contested governor's race.

    "The takeaway from this poll is simple: People think carbon pollution is a problem, and they think our political leaders should take action and fight pollution," said Susan Glickman, a spokeswoman for the Natural Resources Defense Council, which sponsored the poll of 1,005 likely voters by SurveyUSA....

  2. Crist flies to enviro press conference on plane of developer fined for pollution

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    Democrat Charlie Crist flew to an environmental press event Thursday on the private jet of a developer fined for pollution.

    Almost as soon Crist stepped off the 2005 Cessna 560XL, Gov. Rick Scott's campaign had photographed its tail number and traced its ownership to developer James Finch, whose company Phoenix Construction was fined at least twice for violating environmental rules (more herehere and here)....

  3. SurveyUSA/NRDC climate-change poll lands amid gov's race

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    Nearly eight in 10 likely Florida voters want limits on power-plants’ carbon pollution and as many as 71 percent say they’re concerned about climate change, according to a new poll conducted for an environmental group during the hotly contested governor’s race.

    “The takeaway from this poll is simple: People think carbon pollution is a problem, and they think our political leaders should take action and fight pollution,” said Susan Glickman, a spokeswoman for the Natural Resources Defense Council, which chartered the 1,005-likely voter poll by SurveyUSA....

  4. Back-and-forth slugfest between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist intensifies

    State Roundup

    In Florida's bareknuckle governor's race, it's as if the 2010 campaign season never ended.

    The Florida Democratic Party on Thursday announced a digital media effort to highlight a sealed deposition that damaged Rick Scott on the campaign trail four years ago.

    At the same time, the Republican Party of Florida took to Twitter and mockingly marked Charlie Crist's 58th birthday by featuring a photo of the Democrat blowing out birthday candles with convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein — a relationship that haunted the then-governor in his unsuccessful 2010 U.S. Senate bid....

    Rick Scott, who refused to release the deposition in 2010 because it was a "private matter," said he won't change his mind. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
  5. Is it 2010 all of a sudden?

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    In Florida’s bareknuckle governor’s race, it’s as if the 2010 campaign season never ended.

    The Florida Democratic Party on Thursday announced a digital media effort to highlight a sealed deposition that damaged Rick Scott on the campaign trail four years ago.

    At the same time, the Republican Party of Florida took to Twitter and mockingly marked Charlie Crist’s birthday by featuring a photo of the Democrat blowing out birthday candles with convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein — a relationship that haunted the then-governor in his unsuccessful 2010 U.S. Senate bid....

  6. Another look at Q Poll's good news for Scott

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    Yesterday morning, when Quinnipiac University posted its press release about the governor's race poll, I copied and pasted it on the blog. The news print story went into more depth about the context of the poll, which revealed better trendlines for Gov. Rick Scott than Democrat Charlie Crist.

    And as, I've said numerous times: It ain't the topline, it's the trend.

    An excerpt:...

  7. Dems 2010 throwback attack targets Rick Scott's secret deposition

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    Release the deposition! Your character’s in question!

    Shouting into bullhorn and dressed in hospital scrubs, the chant from the Republican who called himself “Dr. Dave” interrupted Rick Scott in 2010 after he cast his ballot in Naples at the end of the GOP primary for governor.

    The issue of the deposition had haunted Scott in that race....

  8. Another day. Another gov-race elections complaint. Or 3

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    Another day, another election complaint in Florida's governor's race. Make that three. This time, they're from the Republican Party of Florida concerning Charlie Crist's book tour.

    A batch of RPOF complaints against Crist and Crist-supporter complaints against Gov. Rick Scott were thrown out this week....

  9. Sen. Chris Smith wants Scott to examine deals beyond Digital Domain

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    Almost as soon as Gov. Rick Scott's administration announced it would sue a firm to recoup $20 million in a Charlie Crist-era deal, the leader of the Senate Democrats, Fort Lauderdale's Chris Smith, said Florida should broaden its focus. Here's Smith's email and letter:

    Dear Governor Scott:

    Last week, you announced your intention to file suit against Digital Domain Media Group over its failure to comply with the terms of a $20 million agreement signed by the State of Florida to encourage the company’s relocation to the state and create 500 jobs. The litigation is also reportedly going to include the former governor for his role in the incentives’ approval....

  10. Rick Scott pollster shows he's up, Crist and Obama down

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    Normally, you can readily dismiss a campaign's polling memo because it's so self-serving. So read the following internal memo from Gov. Rick Scott's pollster, Tony Fabrizio, with caution.

    The survey shows Scott beating Democrat Charlie Crist by 5 percentage points in a head-to-head match, while SurveyUSA yesterday found Crist up by 6 points and Quinnipiac University reported today that Crist is winning by 5 points head to head (but up by an inside-the-error margin of only 2 points with Libertarian Adrian Wyllie in the race)....

  11. New poll: Libertarian Adrian Wyllie helps Gov. Rick Scott catch Charlie Crist

    State Roundup

    Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are essentially tied 37-39 percent in Florida's hotly contested governor's race, partly because a little-known Libertarian candidate is sapping support from the Democratic challenger, a new poll indicates.

    Libertarian Adrian Wyllie pulls 9 percent support, according to Quinnipiac University's survey, which shows Crist's 2 percentage-point lead would grow to 5 points without Wyllie on the ballot....

    Little-polled until now, Adrian Wyllie's name appears to be an emerging and significant factor in the race. LARA CERRI |Times
  12. Crist's second ad buy attacks Scott on school spending

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    A day after the Republican Party released a Spanish-language ad touting Gov. Rick Scott's school-spending recording, Democrat Charlie Crist hit back by announcing his second English-language spot that draws attention to the education budget on Scott's watch....

  13. Q-Poll FL: Crist-Scott is 39-37% race with Libertarian Wyllie at 9%

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    From Quinnipiac University's press release about its latest poll:

    Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott trails former Gov. Charlie Crist, running as a Democrat, by a narrow 45 – 40 percent margin in a two-way race. When Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie is added to the mix, the race is too close to call, with 39 percent for Crist, 37 percent for Scott and 9 percent for Wyllie, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today....

  14. Crist up by 6 in SurveyUSA/WFLA poll

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    Democrat Charlie Crist has jumped ahead of Gov. Rick Scott, leading the Republican 46-40 percent among likely voters in the SurveyUSA latests governor's race tracking poll conducted for WFLA.

    Crist's 6 percentage point lead is the largest he has had in the firm's poll track and represents a significant 8-point shift in the race since SurveyUSA's last poll released July 3. Then, Scott led by an inside-the-error margin amount of 2 percentage points....

  15. Scott administration sues Digital Domain over Crist-era deal

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    Associated Press:

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The state of Florida has filed a lawsuit seeking to recoup millions of taxpayer dollars provided to the failed Digital Domain film visual effects company.

    The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the Department of Economic Opportunity in St. Lucie County Circuit Court against Digital Domain Media Group and a number of other entities. Digital Domain had promised to create about 500 jobs at a Port St. Lucie animation studio and a West Palm Beach film school, but it filed for bankruptcy in 2012....