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. Vice President Joe Biden to join Charlie Crist in South Florida

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    Vice-President Joe Biden's South Florida-bound for Charlie Crist on Monday, Oct. 13 -- making him the latest national Democrat to join the guubernatorial candidate on the campaign trail, sources say. More information will be made available at a later date.

    Biden, who has presidential aspirations, follows another likely White House candidate, Hillary Clinton, who stumps Thursday with Crist at an event that's likely somewhere in the Miami area. No details have yet been made available. Clinton is also signing her new book, "Hard Choices."...

  2. Vice President Joe Biden to join Charlie Crist in South Florida

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    Vice-President Joe Biden is South Florida-bound for Charlie Crist on Monday, Oct. 13, making him the latest national Democrat to join the guubernatorial candidate on the campaign trail, sources say. More information will be made available at a later date.

    Biden, who has presidential aspirations, follows another likely White House candidate, Hillary Clinton, who stumps Thursday with Crist at an event that's likely somewhere in the Miami area. No details have yet been made available. Clinton is also signing her new book, "Hard Choices."...

  3. Now about those tax/stimulus increases your running mate vote for, governor...

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    Interesting look-back by the Naples Daily News about the Obama-buck-fed-tax-hiking budget, supported in 2009 by the new running mate of Gov. Rick Scott, who uses the spending plan to criticize Charlie Crist:

    “This is a tough year, I strongly urge you to support this budget,” said Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, who at the time was House majority leader, one of that chamber’s top positions, according to video from the final day of the 2009 legislative session....

  4. Are Rick Scott's letters to Floridians part of his re-election campaign or part of his job?

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    The delay in getting his classroom-supply debit card was expected, but what gave chemistry teacher Shawn Beightol a case of the eye-rolls was what he called the "inappropriate political message" attached to the bank statement that arrived in the mail.

    "Governor Rick Scott is committed to improving Florida's education system and recognizing their teachers for their hard work and dedication," the JPMorgan Chase bank letter said amid the instructions for activating class-supply debit cards received last week by more than 18,000 teachers in Miami-Dade like Beightol....

    The governor's office denied Rick Scott is campaigning on the state dime because cheering on citizens is part of the governor's job. [Getty Images]
  5. Florida Prepaid college joins list of Scott-lauding letter-writers

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    From Sergio Bustos:

    Thousands of parents of kids with Florida prepaid tuition accounts got some welcome news this month that their monthly payments would be reduced --- and Gov. Rick Scott made sure to pen a campaign-style message along with the notification from the Florida Prepaid College Board.

    "As I travel throughout our state, parents and students alike tell me they cannot afford to see tuition at Florida Colleges and State Universities continue to climb," wrote Scott. "That is why earlier this year, I signed historic legislation that will keep tuition low and allow all Florida families to have access to an affordable higher education."...

  6. Education. Dept.'s 'political message' touting Scott causes teacher eye-roll

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    The delay in getting his classroom-supply debit card was expected, but what gave chemistry teacher Shawn Beightol a case of the eye-rolls was what he called the "inappropriate political message" attached to the bank statement that arrived in the mail.

    "Governor Rick Scott is committed to improving Florida's education system and recognizing their teachers for their hard work and dedication,” the JPMorgan Chase bank letter said amid the instructions for activating class-supply debit cards received this week by more than 18,000 teachers in Miami-Dade like Beightol....

  7. Trend line shows how Scott's TV ads have dragged down Crist

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    Today's Quinnipiac Poll showing Gov. Rick Scott leading Democrat Charlie Crist for the first time in the survey's history is a testament to the Republican's ads and their go-for-the-throat negative messaging.

    But don't just look at Scott's inside-the-error margin lead of 2 percentage points (44-42 percent). Check out the favorability of both men since the summer of 2010 in Quinnipiac's surveys....

  8. Rick Scott returns to Obamacare and Crist in new ad

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    Obamacare is back in the Republican Party of Florida's sights in its new ad, which like its earlier spots highlights Democrat Charlie Crist's support of what he called a "great" law. This spot features anonymous narrators talking about how the Affordable Care Act has been bad for them.

    RPOF won't say who the folks are  (the last big anonymous narrator-ad earned Gov. Rick Scott et al a "Pants on Fire"), but it's safe to say the people in this ad are representative of some of the losers of Obamacare. The complaints are pretty standard fare. How many Obamacare winners are there? That's part of a great debate that's still ungoing....

  9. Charlie Crist's latest ad is all about Rick Scott and Medicare fraud

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    Absentee ballots are about to hit the mailboxes of Florida voters, and so Democrat Charlie Crist is hitting the airwaves with his roughest ad yet that seeks to make Gov. Rick Scott a fraud for heading a company that was socked with the largest Medicare fraud fine in the nation's history.

    If you thought the campaign was mean-spirited now, this is just a taste of what's to come.

    ...

  10. Rick Scott is getting hurt by environmentalists ad campaign, NextGen poll memo says

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    NextGen Climate's five TV ads bashing Florida Gov. Rick Scott's environmental record have hurt the Republican and, as a result, given an otherwise-outgunned Charlie Crist more of a fighting chance this election season, according to a polling memo from the environmental group.

    In a head-to-head matchup, Crist leads Scott 46-43 percent. With Libertarian Adrian Wyllie in the race, Scott is up 42-41 percent. Both leads are inside the error margins of the poll of 600 likely Florida voters conducted by Garin-Hart-Yang, a firm that typically surveys for Democrats and liberals....

  11. Hillary Clinton is Miami-bound for Charlie Crist (and book signing)

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    Former Secretary of State and early 2016 presidential frontrunner is coming Oct. 2 to Miami to sign her new book "Hard Choices" and campaign with Democrat Charlie Crist.

    Clinton's event with the candidate for governor comes one month after her husband, former President Bill Clinton, stumped with Crist in Miami....

  12. With $50 million in TV ad spending, Rick Scott-Charlie Crist race is one big marketing campaign

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    Another week. Another $10.4 million thrown in the fire we call television advertising.

    Florida's governor's race is now a $50 million-plus commercial spectacle, with more than 71 percent of that spending by Gov. Rick Scott.

    Scott dropped an additional $8 million for current and future ad buys during the week that ended Friday. That's about a 23 percent increase for the Republican, dwarfing Democrat Charlie Crist's ad-buy increase of 17 percent, or almost $2.5 million....

    Like Gov. Rick Scott, left, most of Charlie Crist's TV ads are negative. [AP photos]
  13. SurveyUSA/WFLA: Scott 44%, Crist 39%, Wyllie %7 percent

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    From SurveyUSA's Sept. 16* poll for WFLA TV:

    In an election for Governor of Florida today, 09/16/14, a month until ballots are mailed to voters, incumbent Republican Rick Scott is now 5 points atop Democratic challenger Charlie Crist, according to the latest WFLA-TV tracking poll conducted by SurveyUSA. Today's results --- Scott 44%, Crist 39% --- are the first time that Crist has polled below 40% in the 6 months since WFLA-TV began tracking the contest......

  14. Scott-Crist ad war tops $50m in spending

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    Another week. Another $10.4 million thrown in the fire we call television advertising.

    Florida’s governor’s race is now a $50 million-plus commercial spectacle, with more than 71 percent of that spending from Gov. Rick Scott.

    During the week that ended Friday, Scott dropped an additional $8 million for current and future ads. That’s about a 23 percent increase for the Republican, dwarfing Democrat Charlie Crist’s ad-buy increase of 17 percent, or almost $2.5 million....

  15. Crist releases "4,000 lies' response ad to Scott's 'swindle"

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    In response to Gov. Rick Scott's second ad about Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein, Democrat Charlie Crist is releasing his second response commercial, called "4,000 lies" -- a references to the estimated number of times the ad called "swindle" ran.

    At the heart of Crist response: the misleading nature of "swindle," which The Miami Herald exposed this week. Scott, too, has walked back part of the ad's core allegation that suggests Crist was complicit in Rothstein's crime....