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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. Cuban-Americans split along generational lines on new Cuba policy, new poll shows

    State Roundup

    Cuban-Americans nationwide are almost evenly divided over support for the embargo and for President Barack Obama's effort to normalize relations with Cuba, according to a new poll that shows a vast generational divide in reaction to this week's historic announcement.

    The poll by Bendixen & Amandi International also showed that Cuban-Americans are nearly split on whether Obama should have exchanged prisoners Wednesday with Raul Castro's communist government....

    A U.S. and Cuban flag hang from the same balcony in Old Havana, Cuba, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. After the surprise announcement on Wednesday of the restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the U.S., many Cubans expressed hope that it will mean greater access to jobs and the comforts taken for granted elsewhere, and lift their struggling economy. However others feared a cultural onslaught, or that crime and drugs, both rare in Cuba, will become common along with visitors from the United States. [Associated Press]
  2. Nicaragua: Rubio and Ros-Lehtinen aren't welcome

    Blog

    Nicaragua's president says he is banning U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen from traveling to the Central American country in protest of the Venezuela sanctions the Republican lawmakers helped pass Wednesday in Congress, according to a newspaper report.

    "Just like they (U.S. officials) have their lists, we can make our own lists in Latin America of those who shouldn't enter our country," Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega told The Tico Times, a Costa Rican newspaper, during a meeting with Venezuelan officials in his country....

  3. Florida joins GOP-state lawsuit to stop President Obama's immigration executive action

    State Roundup

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced late Friday that the Sunshine State would join a federal lawsuit to block President Barack Obama's executive action sparing as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

    Of the 18 states now suing the Obama administration over immigration, all have Republican governors or Republican attorneys general. But Florida is the only major swing state with a significant Hispanic population, making Bondi's decision a potential presidential campaign issue as the 2016 election cycle gets underway....

  4. Under Bondi, FL joins GOP-state lawsuit to stop Obama's immigration action

    Blog

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced late Friday that the Sunshine State would join a federal lawsuit to block President Obama’s executive action sparing as many as 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation.

    Of the now-18 Republican-run states that have sued Obama, Florida is the only swing state with a significant Hispanic population; that makes Bondi’s decision a potential presidential campaign issue as the 2016 election cycle gets underway....

  5. Jeb Bush sets out foreign policy vision as he mulls presidential bid

    Elections

    MIAMI — The Bush Doctrine is on the verge of making a comeback.

    As Jeb Bush weighs a presidential bid, the former Florida governor on Tuesday laid out his foreign policy precepts, which closely mirror those of his brother, former President George W. Bush.

    Bush detailed seven points in all during a speech to the U.S. Cuba Democracy PAC at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, where he told the crowd that the United States shouldn't back away from engaging its friends or enemies anywhere in the world....

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush addresses the U.S. Cuba Democracy PAC’s 11th annual luncheon Tuesday in Coral Gables. Bush said the United States must lead in the world, but with humility.
  6. Supreme Court challenge to tax credits under Obamacare casts cloud over program's future

    Blog

    Nearly 900,000 Floridians could lose Obamacare tax subsidies under a new U.S. Supreme Court case, but state political leaders say they're making no plans to deal with the potential fallout.

    The court case — affecting people in 37 states — revolves around a dispute over how the federal government provides tax credits to those who buy insurance plans in Obamacare marketplaces, which are called "exchanges."...

  7. Supreme Court challenge to tax credits under Obamacare casts cloud over program's future

    State Roundup

    Nearly 900,000 Floridians could lose Obamacare tax subsidies under a new U.S. Supreme Court case, but state political leaders say they're making no plans to deal with the potential fallout.

    The court case — affecting people in 37 states — revolves around a dispute over how the federal government provides tax credits to those who buy insurance plans in Obamacare marketplaces, which are called "exchanges."...

  8. Emails detail GOP consultants' mission to circumvent Fla.'s gerrymandering ban

    Politics

    The Republican consultants had to be hush-hush — "almost paranoid" in the words of one — because of their high-stakes mission: Get go-betweens to help circumvent a Florida Constitutional ban on gerrymandering.

    The plot was spelled out in a newly released batch of once-secret emails that show how the consultants surreptitiously drew congressional and state legislative maps. They then recruited seemingly independent citizens to submit them in an effort to strengthen the hand of Florida Republicans when the GOP-led Legislature redrew lawmaker districts in 2011....

    House Redistricting Chairman Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, and Senate Reapportionment Chairman Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, confer during August's special session to redraw two congressional districts ruled unconstitutional last month. Newly released documents indicate that the redistricting process was steered by GOP consultants working with Republican legislators to draw districts that intentionally favored incumbents, in violation of the state constitution. [AP photo]
  9. How Rick Scott won re-election as Florida governor

    State Roundup

    By the time the Halloween memo from their pollsters arrived Friday, Charlie Crist's campaign team had already lost a good deal of confidence from a week earlier. Gov. Rick Scott was spending the equivalent of $1,200 a minute every day, every hour on TV ads, and it was moving numbers.

    "Scott's (TV ad) advantage has a taken a real toll," warned Crist's data crunchers. "Our margin has declined by about a point a day since Monday. . . ....

    Rick Scott won the governor's race four years ago by about 1 percentage point - 61,000 votes - and he won reelection Tuesday by about 1 percentage point - about 70,000 votes. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
  10. 3.1 million Floridians voted before Election Day; Dems cut GOP early ballot lead to 3.3%

    Blog

    Regardless of who wins or loses or if there's a recount, this is the last tally of pre-Election Day ballots and, like the others, it's good news bad news for both sides.

    First the overall picture: as of Election Day morning, more than 3.1 million people had voted. That's probably more than half of the likely voters in this election (assuming a turnout of 49 or 50 percent).

    Republicans go into Election Day with a lead in early and absentee ballots of about 98,401 ballots, 3.2 percentage points. Yesterday, the GOP lead was 100,583, or 3.3 points....

  11. All over but the counting for Rick Scott, Charlie Crist

    State Roundup

    LAUDERDALE LAKES — Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist rallied their most reliable supporters Monday on the last day of a long and brutal campaign, as all signs point to a close and suspenseful fight for control of the Governor's Mansion.

    Scott, accompanied by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, worked his way across the I-4 corridor from Clearwater to Plant City to Lakeland and The Villages, the mega-retirement complex that's a mandatory destination for Republican candidates....

    Florida Governor Rick Scott makes a point during his speech at a Monday morning campaign stop in Clearwater. Scott was joined by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, left, and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, not pictured. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  12. Florida Democrats close pre-Election Day ballot gap to 100,000

    Blog

    Looks like Souls to the Polls was a success after all.*

    In just one day of early in-person voting, Democrats took a major bite out of the GOP's pre-Election Day ballot lead, which now stands at slightly more than 100,000. That's an improvement of more than 26,000 ballots in Democrats' favor.

    As of this afternoon, the GOP's margin over Democrats was 100,583, or 3.3 percentage points. Yesterday, after all the data was uploaded to the state's system, the GOP lead was 126,652, or 4.3 percentage points....

  13. PPP: Scott and Crist are tied

    Blog

    It has been said for months that the Florida governor's race will go down to the wire, that no candidate leads outside the margin of error in any reputable poll.

    Now comes Public Policy Polling to put an exclamation on that with a poll showing Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist tied at 44 percent each.

    "We don't believe in reporting to decimal points but the one time we make an exception is tied final polls- Crist 44.0, Scott 43.8," PPP said on Twitter. "To give you an idea of just how this close this final Florida poll came out- 526 respondents picked Crist, 524 picked Scott."...

  14. Vice President ‘José’ Biden stumps with Charlie Crist; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush touts Rick Scott

    Blog

    Democrats welcomed Joe Biden — or rather, José Biden, as he was introduced by U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia — to Miami on Sunday as part of a final appeal to voters to go to the polls Sunday and cast their ballots for Charlie Crist for governor.

    The vice president held court, speaking at length in an appeal to Hispanics and the middle class. He received the most applause when he referred to Republican Gov. Rick Scott....

    Jeb Bush, left, and Rick Scott, right, campaign in Hialeah on Sunday.
  15. Charlie Crist, Rick Scott make Souls to the Polls push with big-name help

    State Roundup

    Sunday was for spiritual as well as political salvation.

    Known as "Souls to the Polls," the Sunday before Election-Day is the last day for in-person early voting, a time when black voters have flexed their political muscle and cast ballots in droves after church across Florida.

    Their mission was a daunting one Sunday: help the Democratic Party — and especially Charlie Crist — eat into Republicans' 126,000 lead in casting pre-Election Day ballots....

    Churchgoers in Jacksonville had fans that showed Crist and Obama as "Partners in Progress."

 [Steve Bousquet   |  Times]