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. Scott plays the Rothstein card; Crist plays everything else

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    It's getting meaner. And it won't get any better.

    In a punch-counterpunch round of ads, Gov. Rick Scott's team is going after former Gov. Charlie Crist's ties to a convicted Ponzi schemer and Crist's camp is responding with a broadside against the incumbent for everything from his "lies" about education funding to his pleading the Fifth Amendment 75 times in a deposition....

  2. Jeb Bush conflicted over feds role in medical-marijuana enforcement

    State Roundup

    HOMESTEAD — Former Gov. Jeb Bush opposes Florida's medical-marijuana initiative, but the potential GOP presidential candidate said he's not sure if the federal government should enforce federal cannabis laws if the Sunshine State proposal passes.

    Bush's struggle with the state-federal split over medical marijuana reflects a broader struggle in the national Republican Party, where anti-drug hardliners are at odds with states-rights conservatives and libertarians over the issue....

  3. The Rick Scott-Jeb Bush Tour heads to Homestead

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    Gov. Rick Scott heads to Homestead Friday with a not-so-secret newsmaking weapon: former Gov. Jeb Bush.

    Remember back when Democrat Charlie Crist was a Republican running for governor in 2006? He called himself a "Jeb Bush Republican" at the time. There's a reason for it. Bush helped build the GOP, first in Miami-Dade and then in Florida where he was the first Republican governor in the modern era to serve with a Republican-held House and Senate....

  4. WFLA/SurveyUSA: Scott leads Crist 45-43%

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    WFLA/SurveyUSA poll that shows the Republican pulling in 45% of the vote to Crist's 43%.

    That's well within the error margin for the robopoll of 576 self-described likely voters.

    The 45-43% race in this survey is identical to SurveyUSA's results at the beginning of July. In between, another SurveyUSA poll showed Crist pulling ahead 46-40. So this is a net 8 percentage point shift in Scott's favor (Scott gained 5 and Crist lost 3, which is the inverse of what happened between the early July and mid July polls)....

  5. DGA kicks in $500k more to Charlie Crist

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    The Democratic Governors Association cut another $500,000 check to Charlie Crist's political committee, bringing the total it has invested directly in him to $1.5 million. In addition, DGA has chipped in $1.1 million to the Florida Democratic Party and another $963,000 to a political group called Florida For All.

    So put DGA down for almost $3,6 million spent so far to either boost Crist or tear at Gov. Rick Scott, one of the more-endangered Republican governors in the nation. (The race is about tied now, with Scott having a marginal edge in recent surveys)....

  6. Amid criticisms of his record, Scott touts environmental record

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    Gov. Rick Scott gave a one-word response when asked Tuesday if he was worried that billionaire climate-change activist Tom Steyer is targeting him.

    “No,” Scott, a multi-millionaire who isn’t shy about spending his own fortune, smiled during a Miami campaign stop.

    “No,” he repeated.

    But Scott is still taking precautions.

    Just as the Miami Herald reported Sunday on Steyer’s plans — including Democratic buzz that he might spend $10 million in Florida — Scott’s campaign announced his “Let’s Keep Florida Beautiful Tour” highlighting his environmental record....

  7. 6th Spanish-language Rick Scott ad to hit airwaves

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    It's only August 5, and Gov.  Rick Scott's team just announced his sixth Spanish-language TV ad, bringing his total commercial buy to 22, which includes two radio spots. Between the state GOP and his Let's Get to Work Committee/campaign, Scott has spent at least $23 million on them since Charlie Crist jumped in the race in November.

    The fact that Scott is on his eighth Spanish-language commercial (two were on radio) is staggering and a sign he won't cede the Hispanic vote easily to Crist. His Spanish-language outreach began in April, earlier than any other major statewide candidate in recent memory....

  8. Billionaire climate-change activist pledges to spend big to beat Florida Gov. Rick Scott

    State Roundup

    The billionaire is ready to take out Florida's multi-millionaire governor.

    In a nationwide push to fight Republicans who deny the existence of man-made climate change, investor-turned-activist Tom Steyer has founded a Florida political committee, seeded it with $750,000 of his own money, and says he'll spend far more to help Democrat Charlie Crist defeat Gov. Rick Scott.

    Florida Democrats are buzzing about Steyer spending $10 million, which he won't discuss. Republicans say the California Democrat is a phony environmentalist, but they nevertheless worry that his financial commitment could be real in Florida....

    "It's hard to look at the map of the United States and not understand that not only is Florida ground zero for climate [change], it's the third most-populous state," Tom Steyer told the Miami Herald.
  9. Rick Scott could have a Tom Steyer problem

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    The billionaire is ready to take out Florida’s multi-millionaire governor.

    In a nationwide push to fight Republicans who deny the existence of man-made climate change, investor-turned-activist Tom Steyer has founded a Florida political committee, seeded it with $750,000 of his own money and says he’ll spend far more to help Democrat Charlie Crist defeat Gov. Rick Scott.

    Florida Democrats are buzzing about Steyer spending $10 million, which he won’t discuss. Republicans say the California Democrat is a phony environmentalist, but they nevertheless worry his financial commitment could be real in Florida....

  10. Scott blasts Crist's debate 'hypocrisy'

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    Gov. Rick Scott has agreed to three debates. Democrat Charlie Crist wants more. 

    But against Democrat Nan Rich, the Republican-turned-Democrat-turned-independent Crist has no interest in debating.

    “It’s hypocrisy at the highest level. Either one is too many. Or three is not enough,” Scott said Wednesday during a stop at TimBar Packaging and Display in North Miami. “One is too many when he’s talking about running against a woman in the primary. But three is not enough if he makes it to the general. So it’s pure hypocrisy.”...

  11. The Rick Scott 100 Days Out data-filled memo

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    Another gauntlet thrown --- the Rick Scott 100 Days Out campaign memo:

    DATE: July 27, 2014
    TO: Interested Parties
    FROM: Melissa Sellers, Campaign Manager and Tim Saler, Deputy Campaign Manager
    SUBJECT: 100 Days Out, Gov. Scott Campaign is Poised to Win

    Today marks 100 days until Election Day on November 4. Though we have worked hard from the beginning, today kicks off the final stretch of our campaign to re-elect Governor Scott. As we enter the sprint to the finish line, the Scott campaign has outpaced, outworked, and outmatched Charlie Crist in every measurable way. Make no mistake – no one works harder than Rick Scott, and that is exactly why he is poised to win a second term in office and keep Florida growing....

  12. Poll: Most Floridians are concerned about climate change

    State Roundup

    Nearly eight in 10 likely Florida voters want limits on carbon pollution from power plants and up to 71 percent say they're concerned about climate change, according to a new poll conducted for an environmental group during the hotly contested governor's race.

    "The takeaway from this poll is simple: People think carbon pollution is a problem, and they think our political leaders should take action and fight pollution," said Susan Glickman, a spokeswoman for the Natural Resources Defense Council, which sponsored the poll of 1,005 likely voters by SurveyUSA....

  13. Crist flies to enviro press conference on plane of developer fined for pollution

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    Democrat Charlie Crist flew to an environmental press event Thursday on the private jet of a developer fined for pollution.

    Almost as soon Crist stepped off the 2005 Cessna 560XL, Gov. Rick Scott's campaign had photographed its tail number and traced its ownership to developer James Finch, whose company Phoenix Construction was fined at least twice for violating environmental rules (more herehere and here)....

  14. SurveyUSA/NRDC climate-change poll lands amid gov's race

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    Nearly eight in 10 likely Florida voters want limits on power-plants’ carbon pollution and as many as 71 percent say they’re concerned about climate change, according to a new poll conducted for an environmental group during the hotly contested governor’s race.

    “The takeaway from this poll is simple: People think carbon pollution is a problem, and they think our political leaders should take action and fight pollution,” said Susan Glickman, a spokeswoman for the Natural Resources Defense Council, which chartered the 1,005-likely voter poll by SurveyUSA....

  15. Back-and-forth slugfest between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist intensifies

    State Roundup

    In Florida's bareknuckle governor's race, it's as if the 2010 campaign season never ended.

    The Florida Democratic Party on Thursday announced a digital media effort to highlight a sealed deposition that damaged Rick Scott on the campaign trail four years ago.

    At the same time, the Republican Party of Florida took to Twitter and mockingly marked Charlie Crist's 58th birthday by featuring a photo of the Democrat blowing out birthday candles with convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein — a relationship that haunted the then-governor in his unsuccessful 2010 U.S. Senate bid....

    Rick Scott, who refused to release the deposition in 2010 because it was a "private matter," said he won't change his mind. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]