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. DGA drops $500k on Crist

    Blog

    The Democratic Governor’s Association is all in for Charlie Crist, cutting a single $500,000 check that showed national Democrats believe the Florida Governor’s mansion is in their reach.

    The donation is the largest contribution to Crist’s political committee, Charlie Crist for Florida. And it’s one of the largest given this campaign cycle.

    “It’s just one more realization that Charlie is going to be the nominee,” Bob Poe, Crist’s fundraiser, told The Miami Herald. “This is probably the first installment from the DGA. And it’s not only their blessing of Charlie. But it’s the recognition that this is real. Charlie has proven himself time and again.”...

  2. In a nod to changing demographics, Gov. Rick Scott airing early Spanish-language campaign ad

    Elections

    Gov. Rick Scott this week begins airing his campaign's first Spanish-language TV commercial, an earlier-than-usual Hispanic outreach effort that reflects Florida's changing demographics as well as the depth of the Republican's aggressive $6 million ad blitz .

    No other Florida governor has advertised so heavily — especially in Spanish — nearly seven months before his election.

    The ad's title and message, "Oportunidad," jibes with two English-language positive spots Scott began running in mid March. It's all about jobs, which have increased on his watch....

  3. Scott up with earlier-than-ever Spanish-language TV ad

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    Gov. Rick Scott airs his campaign's first Spanish-language TV commercial, an earlier-than-usual Hispanic outreach effort that reflects Florida’s changing demographics as well as the depth of the Republican’s aggressive $6 million ad blitz .

    No other Florida governor has advertised so heavily — especially in Spanish — nearly seven months before his election.

    The ad’s title and message, “Oportunidad,” jibes with two English-language positive spots Scott began running in mid-March. It’s all about jobs, which have increased on his watch....

  4. South FL voter apathy haunts Democrats, Crist

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    Sam Oser is 88, and he wants to live long enough to see a Democrat get elected governor of Florida again — even one who used to be a Republican.

    So Oser is ready to embrace Charlie Crist, a career politician of changing stripes who’s a Democratic newcomer. No matter, says the West Palm Beach retiree: Democrats are doomed to irrelevance until they reclaim the Governor’s Mansion after a 16-year absence....

  5. Charlie Crist's gubernatorial challenge: motivating South Florida Democrats

    National

    WEST PALM BEACH — Sam Oser is 88, and he wants to live long enough to see a Democrat get elected governor of Florida again — even one who used to be a Republican.

    So Oser is ready to embrace Charlie Crist, a career politician of changing stripes who's a Democratic newcomer. No matter, says the West Palm Beach retiree: Democrats are doomed to irrelevance until they reclaim the Governor's Mansion after a 16-year absence....

    “The only way we can move ahead is to have a Democratic governor.”
Sam Oser, 88, of West Palm Beach
  6. Immigrant tuition bill reopens rift in Florida Republican Party

    College

    Gov. Rick Scott was just about to kick his Hispanic outreach campaign into gear when two top Republicans in the Florida Senate complicated the effort by unexpectedly blocking a priority bill that would give in-state tuition rates to some undocumented immigrants.

    The abrupt procedural move by Senate President Don Gaetz and Senate budget chairman Joe Negron on Thursday caught Scott unaware along with fellow House Republicans and the party's most-respected former governor, Jeb Bush, who had privately asked some senators to hear the measure....

  7. Jeb Bush, Rick Scott and former Gov. Martinez: FL Senate should vote on DREAMer tuition bill

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    From a press release:

    TALLAHASSEE – Today, Governor Rick Scott and former Governors Jeb Bush and Bob Martinez advocated for lowering tuition by advancing SB 1400, which would allow all Florida students, regardless of their background, to qualify for the in-state tuition rate.

    Governor Scott said, “Students who have spent their childhood here in Florida deserve to qualify for the same in-state tuition rate at universities their peers and classmates do. We want our students to stay here in Florida when they go to college and when they choose a career, and that means we must make college more affordable for all those students who call Florida home. The Florida Senate should take immediate action to move SB 1400 forward.”...

  8. Another Charlie Crist campaign shakeup: Eric Conrad edition

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    Something's weird in the Charlie Crist campaign.

    His new spokesman, Eric Conrad, just left after less than a week on the job "to pursure other opportunities," said de facto campaign spokesman Kevin Cate. The pro-Crist Saint Petersblog noted the departure first.

    Cate has said as much before when Bill Hyers, Crist's here-today-gone-tomorrow campaign manager quit before/around the time he started....

  9. Rick Scott goes positive, again, in fourth ad this spring

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    Upbeat and bearing an inspirational story in just 30 seconds, Gov. Rick Scott's latest TV ad is the kind that makes you want to vote for him. Plus, it's not misleading.

    So far the governor has spent more than $5.2 million on TV since March 12. This latest spot, the fourth this spring, indicates he's not just mixing it up (positive-negative-negative-positive), he's on pace to unleash an ad campaign that the state has never seen before....

  10. 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....

  11. 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:...

  12. 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....

  13. 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:...

  14. 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....

  15. "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....