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. 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....

  2. NRA endorses Rick Scott

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    From a press release:

    Fairfax, Va. – On behalf of our five million members across the country, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is proud to endorse Rick Scott for reelection as Governor of Florida.

    Based on his leadership on Second Amendment issues, Governor Scott has earned an “A+” rating from the NRA-PVF in the 2014 general election. An “A+” is the highest possible rating and is reserved for elected officials with an excellent public record on critical NRA issues who have also made a vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment....

  3. Scott steps back only slightly from 'swindler' attack ad

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    Gov. Rick Scott slightly backed away Wednesday from his attack ad that links Charlie Crist to a convicted Ponzi schemer's crime.

    Scott suggested his commercial wasn't really saying that Crist was an active participant in the fraud, but it's "absolutely true" that Crist, due to his political flip-flopping, "swindled" the narrator in the ad, who's also a victim of Scott Rothstein's Ponzi scheme....

  4. Rick Scott redefines, backpedals from 'swindle'

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    In one of Gov. Rick Scott’s most widely run attack ads, a victim of Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein links Charlie Crist to the “swindle.”

    Now Scott is backing away from the allegation of criminal mischief by suggesting that Crist’s “swindle” was due to his political flip-floppery – not the Ponzi scheme.

    “This individual was a victim of both Scott Rothstein and Charlie Crist. Both of them promised things, and they didn’t come through,” Scott said of the ad on Wednesday during a Miami campaign stop....

  5. Florida governor's race on pace to be costliest, closest this year

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    The race for Florida governor is shaping up to be one of the closest and costliest in the nation this year, as the Washington money pours in.

    The Democratic Governors Association just gave Charlie Crist another $1.5 million, bringing the total it has invested in the Florida governor's race to about $5.6 million. The breakdown: $3.5 million for Charlie Crist for Florida, $1.15 million for the Florida Democratic Party and nearly $1 million to a political committee called Florida For All....

  6. In Rick Scott's Rothstein attack ad, mystery man is revealed -- and he misleads

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    With soft piano music in the background, an anonymous Republican in Gov. Rick Scott’s latest attack ad levels an explosive claim about Democrat Charlie Crist and Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein.

    “I got swindled by both Rothstein and Charlie,” the man says.

    But not only is there no evidence to support this accusation about Crist, the Miami Herald has identified the man as Fort Lauderdale investor Dean Kretschmar — and found that he never made that allegation in his successful lawsuit to recover millions of dollars in Rothstein-related losses....

  7. Mystery man in Rick Scott attack ad unveiled, misleads about Charlie Crist and Ponzi scheme

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    With soft piano music in the background, an anonymous Republican in Gov. Rick Scott's latest attack ad levels an explosive claim about Democrat Charlie Crist and Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein.

    "I got swindled by both Rothstein and Charlie," the man says.

    But not only is there no evidence to support this accusation about Crist, the Miami Herald has identified the man as Fort Lauderdale investor Dean Kretschmar — and found that he never made that allegation in his successful lawsuit to recover millions of dollars in Rothstein-related losses....

  8. Crist gets $1.5m boost from DGA

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    The race for Florida governor is shaping up to be one of the closest and costliest in the nation this year, as the Washington money pours in.

    The Democratic Governor's Association just gave Charlie Crist another $1.5 million, bringing the total it has invested in the Florida governor's race to about $5.6 million. The breakdown: $3.5 million for Charlie Crist for Florida, $1.15m for the Florida Democratic Party and nearly $1 million to a political committee called Florida For All....

  9. Tampa Bay is ground zero as governor's race ad war hits $40 million

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    The race for Florida governor is about to be a $40 million affair. And, with about eight weeks to go, expect that amount to double — or perhaps triple.

    More than 72 percent of the TV ad spending is from Gov. Rick Scott, not surprising because he's an incumbent and he's independently wealthy. Scott greeted Democrat Charlie Crist's entrance in the race with a $1 million-plus ad buy in November 2013, went dark, and then began blasting away in early March, since which time the governor and his allies have dropped at least $27 million....

    Like Gov. Rick Scott, left, most of Charlie Crist's TV ads are negative.
  10. Polling aggregates show Scott barely leading Crist since Labor Day

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    Labor Day is over and now the real polling work is underway in Florida’s governor’s race. That means it’s time for another unskewing of the polls, in this case seven surveys released since Sept. 1 for which crosstab data were made available.*...

  11. Tampa Bay is ground zero in $40m gov-race ad war

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    The race for Florida governor is about to be a $40 million affair. And, with about eight weeks to go, expect that amount to double -- or perhaps triple.

    More than 72 percent of that is from Gov. Rick Scott, not surprisingly because he's an incumbent and he's independently wealthy. Scott greeted Democrat Charlie Crist's entrance in the race with a $1 million-plus ad buy in November, went dark, and then began blasting away in early March, since which time the governor and his allies have dropped at least $27 million....

  12. Medical marijuana foes make first $1.6m ad buy

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    Drug Free Florida, the folks opposed to medical marijuana, is dropping major greenbacks on a TV ad campaign: $1.6 million statewide in the first week of October.

    The buy coincides with the first batch of absentee ballots dropping in the mail. Republicans and conservatives are the most-likely to vote by absentee ballot and the least-likely to support the proposed constitutional amendment, which needs 60 percent of the vote to pass....

  13. Charlie's choice: teacher union over voucher-backing pastors

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    Charlie Crist has made education policy a centerpiece of his campaign, but it’s also a wedge issue dividing two Democratic constituencies: teacher unions and black ministers who support school vouchers.

    Crist made his choice clear Wednesday when he refused to heed the request of a major Panhandle civil-rights leader, the Rev. H.K. Matthews, who asked the Democrat to “publicly denounce” a new teacher union-led lawsuit that seeks to dismantle the major school-choice program....

  14. Crist sides with teachers union over black clergy in school-choice program lawsuit

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    Charlie Crist has made education policy a centerpiece of his campaign, but it's also a wedge issue dividing two Democratic constituencies: teacher unions and black ministers who support school vouchers.

    Crist made his choice clear Wednesday when he refused to heed the request of a major Panhandle civil rights leader, the Rev. H.K. Matthews, who asked the Democrat to "publicly denounce" a new teacher union-led lawsuit that seeks to dismantle the major school-choice program....

    Charlie Crist refused Wednesday to "publicly denounce" a new teacher union-led lawsuit that seeks to dismantle the major school-choice program.
  15. Charlie Crist campaigning on abortion, equal pay, birth control

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    Emboldened by Democrats’ success with women voters, Charlie Crist’s campaign has teamed up with Planned Parenthood to target Gov. Rick Scott over abortion, birth control and Medicaid expansion.

    On Tuesday, Crist’s campaign touted its newest TV ad that seeks to paint the Republican incumbent as “extreme” for signing multiple laws restricting abortion rights and for saying he opposes the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe V. Wade ruling....