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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. Jeb Bush's political team staffs up in Tallahassee

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    Update: Bush has also snagged David Kochel as an adviser. Kochel has been a longtime Mitt Romney adviser. 

    A new but old political team is setting up shop in Tallahassee: Jeb Bush’s crew....

  2. Marco Rubio's wife sideswipes donor's Porsche at fundraiser

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    Sen. Marco Rubio’s wife sideswiped a donor’s Porcsche Panamera at the Delano hotel’s porte cochère during a big weekend fundraiser for her husband, whose truck she was driving.

    The owner of the Porsche, whose identity hasn’t been made public, didn’t want to file a report against Jeanette Dousdebes-Rubio because the damage to the vehicle’s bumper was minimal, Miami Beach Police said....

  3. Fla. GOP senator files major medical-marijuana bill

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    Florida medical physicians would be allowed to prescribe "medical-grade" marijuana to needy patients under a major cannabis bill filed Monday by a top Florida Republican state senator.

    The legislation proposed by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, would allow people who have specified serious medical conditions -- such as cancer, AIDS or epilepsy -- to receive and use medical marijuana if a doctor certifies its use. Patients would be limited to a 30-day supply....

  4. Bondi breaks silence on Bailey: "Public has a right to know."

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    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said there are “serious questions” over how the state’s law-enforcement chief was ousted from his job by employees of Gov. Rick Scott.

    Bondi indicated she didn’t know all the facts of what happened to former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey, who has alleged that Scott’s employees meddled in law-enforcement business and used strong-arm tactics to pressure him to resign last month....

  5. Blaise Ignoglia's first orders: Do nothing without my approval

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    After yesterday's unexpected vote installing Rep. Blaise Ingoglia as Republican Party of Florida chairman, the Florida Senate's election staff moved money and equipment out of RPOF, leading to this edict from Ingoglia: 

    Republican Party of Florida Officers, Staff, and Consultants,

    To help ensure a smooth and orderly transition of power between the administrations of outgoing Chairman Leslie Dougher and myself, and pursuant with Republican Party of Florida Rules and Florida Statutes, I’m instituting the following guidelines as we work through this process....

  6. Florida Republicans buck Gov. Rick Scott's party chairwoman pick, elect state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia of Hernando as new chair

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    The Republican Party of Florida's grassroots bucked Gov. Rick Scott on Saturday by choosing to replace his hand-picked chairwoman with a leader of its own choosing, state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia.

    In the end, many Republicans say, the decision to pass over sitting Chair Leslie Dougher was less about Scott and more about her campaign and Ingoglia's bid....

    Blaise Ingoglia was elected chairman of the Republican Party of Florida on Saturday in Orlando.
  7. Jeb Bush says he 'respects' court decisions on same-sex marriage, gay adoption

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    While opponents of same-sex marriage are vowing to fight on, former Gov. Jeb Bush sounds ready to move on as he considers a potential bid for president.

    "We live in a democracy, and regardless of our disagreements, we have to respect the rule of law," Bush said in a statement. "I hope that we can also show respect for the good people on all sides of the gay and lesbian marriage issue – including couples making lifetime commitments to each other who are seeking greater legal protections and those of us who believe marriage is a sacrament and want to safeguard religious liberty."...

  8. Nicaragua: Rubio and Ros-Lehtinen aren't welcome

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    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....

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

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    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....

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

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    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."...

  11. 3.1 million Floridians voted before Election Day; Dems cut GOP early ballot lead to 3.3%

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    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....

  12. Florida Democrats close pre-Election Day ballot gap to 100,000

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    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

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    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

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    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. 3 million in Florida have voted; Democrats close gap with GOP to 4.3%

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    There's a good chance that half of the 2014 ballots have already been cast now that 3 million Floridians have voted absentee or at early voting stations in person.

    This morning's data (complaicated by the fact that five* of 67 counties have not updated yet) shows Republicans still holding a lead over Democrats in ballots cast, but it's not as strong as it used to be.

    GOP lead over Democrats: 125,623, or 4.3 percentage points. Yesterday morning's lead: 133,521, or 4.8 percentage points....

    A Times/Herald analysis of early voting.