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. 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....

  2. 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)....

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

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    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
  4. 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....

  5. 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....

  6. 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....

  7. 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....

  8. The ABCs of RPOF's new Spanish-language Scott ad

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    The Republican Party of Florida's newest ad is straight out of public-opinion polling heaven, featuring Spanish-speaking female teachers who laud Gov. Rick Scott's education record and the teacher raises he secured.

    “Florida students are better off due to Scott,” says one of the women in the ad, identified only as a teacher named “Betty.”

    The GOP announced the $300,000 ad buy, which includes online and TV spots, just days after Crist tapped the Spanish-speaking head of Miami-Dade’s Democratic Party, Annette Taddeo. ...

  9. The FPL-Rick Scott investment connection

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    From Dan Christensen of the Broward Bulldog:

    Upon his election in 2010, Gov. Rick Scott’s transition team included a Florida Power & Light executive who pitched his company’s plan to build a major natural gas pipeline in North Florida to fuel a new generation of gas-fired power plants in places like Port Everglades.

    “The proposed project will need state regulatory and governmental agencies to understand and support this project,” said the proposal submitted by FPL vice president Sam Forrest....

  10. CFO Jeff Atwater blasts N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo as 'huckster' over ad campaign

    State Roundup

    Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is accusing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of running a deceptive TV ad campaign designed to lure businesses to the Empire State.

    "We know a huckster when we see one," Atwater, who dashed off a letter about his concerns, told the New York Post about the Cuomo administration's $113 million TV and radio "START-UP NY" ads in Florida and other states. The ads promote New York's business climate and tourism....

    Florida CFO Jeff Atwater is running for re-election this year.
  11. CFO Jeff Atwater blasts N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo as 'huckster' over ad campaign

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    Florida's top finance official, CFO Jeff Atwater, is accusing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of running a deceptive TV ad campaign designed to lure businesses to the Empire State.

    “We know a huckster when we see one,” Atwater, who dashed off a letter about his concerns, told the New York Post about the Cuomo Administration's $113 million TV and radio "START-UP NY" ads in Florida and other states that promote New York's business climate and tourism....

  12. Annette Taddeo --Crist's 'class act' of a running-mate pick

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    The Miami-Dade County Republican Party leader quickly summed up the opposition’s greatest strength.

    “The best asset that the Miami-Dade Democratic Party has is Annette Taddeo,” Nelson Diaz, chair of the local GOP, said during a spring good-government seminar arranged by the Miami Dade College faculty union.

    “As the Democrat chair, she’s very involved,” he said. “She worked hard to organize and mobilize the left wing of her party — which is now the party’s base — making them more of a presence. She made us work harder.”...

  13. A closer look at Annette Taddeo, Charlie Crist's running mate

    State Roundup

    The Miami-Dade County Republican Party leader quickly summed up the opposition's greatest strength.

    "The best asset that the Miami-Dade Democratic Party has is Annette Taddeo," Nelson Diaz, chair of the local GOP, said during a spring good-government seminar arranged by the Miami Dade College faculty union.

    "As the Democrat chair, she's very involved,"' he said. "She worked hard to organize and mobilize the left wing of her party — which is now the party's base — making them more of a presence. She made us work harder."...

    "At a time when Tallahassee needs outside blood and an outside perspective, she brings a unique approach you can only get from being a businesswoman and a working mom," an adviser to Charlie Crist says of Annette Taddeo.  "I think she'll be a very refreshing voice in Tallahassee."
  14. Scott ducks gay-marriage question to talk jobs

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    What used to be well-known only to political print reporters in Florida is now seeping into local TV news across the state: Rick Scott won’t directly answer questions about most topics of the day.

    The most-recent example: Gay marriage and the decision Thursday by a Florida Keys judge to declare the 2008 voter-approved same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. On Friday at two events, the governor wouldn’t really say what he thought of the ruling or whether Florida Attorney Pam Bondi should appeal....

  15. Rick Scott admin wades into border-immigrant kid controversy

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    A letter from Gov. Rick Scott's administration:

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