The Florida Chamber of Commerce is out with a new television ad in several GOP-heavy media markets today predictably crediting Florida's job increases, which happened as the national economy improved, to Gov. Rick Scott and blaming the job losses, that occurred in the global economic meltdown, to Charlie Crist.
Whether critically-thinking voters buy this faulty logic is yet to be seen, so they've thrown in what might be a more persuasive pitch — at least for right-leaning independents and those who make up the 7 percent of those still undecided. It's that Crist is a trial lawyer....
Scientists, business leaders, local elected officials came up with a lengthy list of ways Florida could help to address climate change and on Friday delivered a letter to the governor and asking him for, yes, another meeting.
This comes as the governor's silence on climate change, his campaign's receipt of millions from the utility industry, and his failure to create a state energy policy in the face of rising sea waters has become a vulnerability in his race for governor....
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TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday released his 2013 tax returns "in the interest of full transparency'' with just weeks to go before the election.
Scott, a multimillionaire who files his annual return jointly with his wife, Ann, reported that he and his wife had an adjusted gross income of $8.2 million and paid $2 million in taxes. They filed their returns Wednesday, the final day allowed by the IRS for taxpayers who sought the six-month extension....10/16/14 Blog
Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday released his 2013 tax returns "in the interest of full transparency’’ with just weeks to go before the election.
Scott, a multi-millionaire who files his annual return jointly with his wife Ann, reported that he and his wife have adjusted gross income of $8.2 million and paid $2 million in taxes. They filed their returns on Wednesday, the final day allowed by the IRS for taxpayers who sought the six-month extension.
The release of Scott’s tax return, however, left unresolved many questions that have emerged about the accuracy and completeness of his financial disclosures since he filed his 2013 state financial disclosure reports as required to run for re-election.
The governor reported a net worth of $132.7 million, and put many of his assets in a blind trust managed by his long-time investment advisor, Alan Bazaar. The goal of the blind trust, the governor said, was to shield him from any conflict of interest when the companies in which he holds stock do business with the state.
Excluded from his reported assets, however, are investments held by his wife, or held by his family’s Scott Family Partnership Trust. The Herald/Times reported last week that documents filed with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission show that Scott has a history of dividing his assets into those and other multiple trust accounts and he remains the “beneficial owner” on some of the stock....10/15/14 Blog
It took only eight brief minutes for all the serious questions and answers poised by reporters at the second governor's debate in Florida were forgotten.
That's the time it took to begin the debate after Charlie Crist arrived on stage with a fan at his feet and Gov. Rick Scott remained off stage, in alleged protest.
The Twitterverse went crazy and, for the next three hours, politics watchers across the country streamed commentary. Here are some excerpts:
Luke Russert, NBC capital news reporter:
"As somebody who uses a fan for occasional live shots, it's a HUGE psychological advantage. Nothing worse than sweating under TV lights"
Jake Tapper, CNN reporter and host of the next Florida governor's debate:
"Seriously, who among us ISN'T a fan of Florida politics? cbsloc.al/1vxnUEy"...10/15/14 Blog
As Florida's governor's candidates face-off tonight for their second highly-anticipated debate in Broward County tonight, Florida TaxWatch is out with a sobering reminder.
The business-backed government watchdog group warns that the $336 million budget surplus Gov. Rick Scott, Charlie Crist and most of the Florida legislators are counting on to pay for their campaign promises is going to be pretty slim. (Scott, for example has promised $1 billion in cuts in taxes and fees over the next two years on top of new money for education and environment. ) In other words: be careful what you wish for....10/14/14 Blog
From the Associated Press and Herald/Times:
A bitter public records dispute is now forcing Florida Gov. Rick Scott to dip into his own pocket, and may force him to testify on his own behalf before next month's election.
Tallahassee attorney Steven R. Andrews, who clashed with Scott even before he took office, wants information on private Google email accounts that he says were used by the Scott administration to sidestep state law. A Florida judge sided with Andrews, but now Scott has hired lawyers to fight the request in California....10/14/14 Blog
Gov. Rick Scott has touted the fact that he and his wife have released an unprecedented amount of financial data — more than his opponent — this election cycle. But that is not quite true.
Charlie Crist has released his 2013 tax return, although his wife who files separately has not. Scott, who files jointly with his wife, Ann, has not released his 2013 return.
Tomorrow, the governor has a chance to close that gap. According to the IRS, Oct. 15 is the deadline for anyone who received a six-month extension to file their return....10/13/14 Blog
By Steve Rothaus, Miami Herald...10/13/14 State Roundup
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's lawyers have asked a judge in California to wait until after the election to decide whether Google can release details about the Gmail accounts used by the governor and two former members of his staff.
Lawyers for the governor filed notice for a Nov. 7 hearing, three days after the election, in which they are asking a judge to quash a subpoena sought by Tallahassee lawyer Steven R. Andrews....10/13/14 Blog
Gov. Rick Scott's lawyers have asked a judge in California to wait until after the election to decide whether Google can release details about the Gmail accounts used by the governor and two former members of his staff....10/12/14 State Roundup
TALLAHASSEE — Here's the little secret neither side of the Amendment 2 debate over medical marijuana is talking about: The Florida Legislature controls its fate.
You don't hear it from opposition groups, who warn that legalizing medical marijuana would endanger children, spawn pot shops on every street corner and become the state's next pill mill fiasco. That would happen only if the conservative Florida Legislature decided not to impose strict rules on who obtained the marijuana, who distributed it, and under what conditions....