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. In first Spanish-language spot, Taddeo does Crist's campaign talking

    Blog

    Why did Charlie Crist pick Miami-Dade's former Democratic leader, Annette Taddeo, to be his running mate for governor? His first Spanish-language ad says it all.

    The translation from the campaign:

    “You work hard to pay the bills and raise your kids.

    "As a working mother, I know how hard it is and Charlie Crist knows too....

  2. New polls show trend favoring Crist over Scott — for now

    Gubernatorial

    After trailing in polls, Democrat Charlie Crist is marginally leading Gov. Rick Scott in two new surveys that show the governor's race will be as close as they come.

    The polls from SurveyUSA and a new Republican data analysis firm named 0ptimus show Crist, respectively, ahead by 6 percentage points and 1 percentage point — leads that are both within the margins of error.

    The apparent trend in Crist's favor dovetails with his campaign's decision to ramp up its ad spending statewide to counteract the effectiveness of Scott's longer and larger media blitz....

  3. Worst state for voting lines in 2012: Flori-duh

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    From Chris Adams, McClatchy DC:

    Voters in Florida waited far longer than those in other states to cast their votes in the 2012 election, hampered by long ballots and cutbacks in early voting options, according to a new report by congressional auditors.

    Voters in the state stood in line more than 34 minutes on average, significantly longer than ballot-casters did in any other state reviewed by the Government Accountability Office, Congress’ watchdog....

  4. Crist retakes lead over Scott in new SurveyUSA/WFLA poll

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    Democrat Charlie Crist is nursing a slight 46-40 percent lead over Gov. Rick Scott in SurveyUSA's latest poll for WFLA-TV.

    Crist's 6 percentage-point lead isn't so big because the likely-voter poll's error margin is 4.1 percent.

    But it ain't the topline, it's the trend to note. And for the past two weeks, the momentum has been for Crist: a net 9 percentage point shift since last week and, compared to the poll released Sept. 9, an 11-point shift....

  5. Carlos Lopez-Cantera steps up in new Rick Scott ad

    Blog

    It took a while for Gov. Rick Scott to overcome some internal resistance and realize that Carlos Lopez-Cantera would be his best choice for lieutenant governor, both because of his Tallahassee experience and his Miami roots. Nothing shows the smartness of the pick during this campaign season better than this Spanish-language ad (transcript from campaign below):...

  6. Vice President Joe Biden to join Charlie Crist in South Florida

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    Vice-President Joe Biden's South Florida-bound for Charlie Crist on Monday, Oct. 13 -- making him the latest national Democrat to join the guubernatorial candidate on the campaign trail, sources say. More information will be made available at a later date.

    Biden, who has presidential aspirations, follows another likely White House candidate, Hillary Clinton, who stumps Thursday with Crist at an event that's likely somewhere in the Miami area. No details have yet been made available. Clinton is also signing her new book, "Hard Choices."...

  7. Vice President Joe Biden to join Charlie Crist in South Florida

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    Vice-President Joe Biden is South Florida-bound for Charlie Crist on Monday, Oct. 13, making him the latest national Democrat to join the guubernatorial candidate on the campaign trail, sources say. More information will be made available at a later date.

    Biden, who has presidential aspirations, follows another likely White House candidate, Hillary Clinton, who stumps Thursday with Crist at an event that's likely somewhere in the Miami area. No details have yet been made available. Clinton is also signing her new book, "Hard Choices."...

  8. Now about those tax/stimulus increases your running mate vote for, governor...

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    Interesting look-back by the Naples Daily News about the Obama-buck-fed-tax-hiking budget, supported in 2009 by the new running mate of Gov. Rick Scott, who uses the spending plan to criticize Charlie Crist:

    “This is a tough year, I strongly urge you to support this budget,” said Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, who at the time was House majority leader, one of that chamber’s top positions, according to video from the final day of the 2009 legislative session....

  9. Are Rick Scott's letters to Floridians part of his re-election campaign or part of his job?

    State Roundup

    The delay in getting his classroom-supply debit card was expected, but what gave chemistry teacher Shawn Beightol a case of the eye-rolls was what he called the "inappropriate political message" attached to the bank statement that arrived in the mail.

    "Governor Rick Scott is committed to improving Florida's education system and recognizing their teachers for their hard work and dedication," the JPMorgan Chase bank letter said amid the instructions for activating class-supply debit cards received last week by more than 18,000 teachers in Miami-Dade like Beightol....

    The governor's office denied Rick Scott is campaigning on the state dime because cheering on citizens is part of the governor's job. [Getty Images]
  10. Florida Prepaid college joins list of Scott-lauding letter-writers

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    From Sergio Bustos:

    Thousands of parents of kids with Florida prepaid tuition accounts got some welcome news this month that their monthly payments would be reduced --- and Gov. Rick Scott made sure to pen a campaign-style message along with the notification from the Florida Prepaid College Board.

    "As I travel throughout our state, parents and students alike tell me they cannot afford to see tuition at Florida Colleges and State Universities continue to climb," wrote Scott. "That is why earlier this year, I signed historic legislation that will keep tuition low and allow all Florida families to have access to an affordable higher education."...

  11. Education. Dept.'s 'political message' touting Scott causes teacher eye-roll

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    The delay in getting his classroom-supply debit card was expected, but what gave chemistry teacher Shawn Beightol a case of the eye-rolls was what he called the "inappropriate political message" attached to the bank statement that arrived in the mail.

    "Governor Rick Scott is committed to improving Florida's education system and recognizing their teachers for their hard work and dedication,” the JPMorgan Chase bank letter said amid the instructions for activating class-supply debit cards received this week by more than 18,000 teachers in Miami-Dade like Beightol....

  12. Trend line shows how Scott's TV ads have dragged down Crist

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    Today's Quinnipiac Poll showing Gov. Rick Scott leading Democrat Charlie Crist for the first time in the survey's history is a testament to the Republican's ads and their go-for-the-throat negative messaging.

    But don't just look at Scott's inside-the-error margin lead of 2 percentage points (44-42 percent). Check out the favorability of both men since the summer of 2010 in Quinnipiac's surveys....

  13. Rick Scott returns to Obamacare and Crist in new ad

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    Obamacare is back in the Republican Party of Florida's sights in its new ad, which like its earlier spots highlights Democrat Charlie Crist's support of what he called a "great" law. This spot features anonymous narrators talking about how the Affordable Care Act has been bad for them.

    RPOF won't say who the folks are  (the last big anonymous narrator-ad earned Gov. Rick Scott et al a "Pants on Fire"), but it's safe to say the people in this ad are representative of some of the losers of Obamacare. The complaints are pretty standard fare. How many Obamacare winners are there? That's part of a great debate that's still ungoing....

  14. Charlie Crist's latest ad is all about Rick Scott and Medicare fraud

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    Absentee ballots are about to hit the mailboxes of Florida voters, and so Democrat Charlie Crist is hitting the airwaves with his roughest ad yet that seeks to make Gov. Rick Scott a fraud for heading a company that was socked with the largest Medicare fraud fine in the nation's history.

    If you thought the campaign was mean-spirited now, this is just a taste of what's to come.

    ...

  15. Rick Scott is getting hurt by environmentalists ad campaign, NextGen poll memo says

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    NextGen Climate's five TV ads bashing Florida Gov. Rick Scott's environmental record have hurt the Republican and, as a result, given an otherwise-outgunned Charlie Crist more of a fighting chance this election season, according to a polling memo from the environmental group.

    In a head-to-head matchup, Crist leads Scott 46-43 percent. With Libertarian Adrian Wyllie in the race, Scott is up 42-41 percent. Both leads are inside the error margins of the poll of 600 likely Florida voters conducted by Garin-Hart-Yang, a firm that typically surveys for Democrats and liberals....