Florida Judge’s Recent Rulings Are a Boon for Democrats This November
U.S. District Judge Mark Walker has handed the Florida Democratic party a second court victory in less than a week. Both of his decisions bode well for Democrats in November’s election. Last Wednesday, Walker ruled that the state’…
VIDEO: Jeers and Laughter for Charlie Crist after He Calls Hillary Clinton ‘Honest’
Charlie Crist, former Republican governor of Florida famous for switching parties in a failed bid to defeat Marco Rubio in a U.S. Senate race, drew a torrent of laughs when he called Hillary Clinton “honest” in a debate last …
Fla. Republicans Strike Blow for Criminal-Justice Reform, Oust Angela Corey
Last night’s primary elections in Florida included one not-to-be-missed shakeup at the state level: State attorney Angela Corey, who came under scrutiny for her handling of the prosecution of George Zimmerman in 2013, lost her re-election bid.
Via the Florida …
Skyscraper Paradise — Miami’s Brickell Should Be Urban America’s Future
Miami — As someone who has visited every major U.S. city, I can attest that there isn’t another neighborhood quite like Miami’s Brickell. The 1.19-square-mile area south of downtown is the sort of gleaming overnight skyscraper zone that …
He Absolutely Will Not Stop, Ever, Until He’s Elected . . .
From the Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt:
And You Thought We Had Seen the Last of Charlie Crist#…#
“Listen, and understand! Charlie Crist is out there! He can’t be bargained with! He can’t be reasoned with! He doesn’t feel …
Is the GOP Doomed to Lose Marco Rubio’s Senate Seat?
Electing a Republican to Marco Rubio’s Senate seat — quite possibly going to be left empty as the senator runs for president in 2016 — is not Mission: Impossible for the Florida GOP. Just Mission: Extremely Difficult.
Rubio has made …
Florida GOP Spotlights Crist’s Answer on Strip-Club Owner Donations
The Republican party of Florida is spotlighting this exchange between Charlie Crist and an interviewer, regarding $90,000 in contributions from strip-club owners — including contributions from owners of one that was the target of “a lengthy police investigation into allegations of …
Not Much Is Coming Easy to the GOP This Cycle
The Thursday morning poll roundup…
Arizona Governor: “Forty-one percent of likely voters said they were likely to vote for Doug Ducey, the Republican nominee, while 39 percent said they would vote for Fred DuVal, the Democratic nominee — within the poll’s …
Bondi Outpolling Opponent
Florida attorney general Pam Bondi is leading her Democrat opponent, George Sheldon, by 8 points in a poll released by Public Policy Polling. Bondi, current AG, is showing a lead with 43 percent of voters, while Sheldon only pulls 35.
New Poll Shows Rick Scott Ahead in Florida’s Gubernatorial Race
Hmm. The conventional wisdom on Florida’s governor’s race is that incumbent Republican Rick Scott is in deep trouble.
Then again, maybe not:
Scott leads [Republican-turned Democrat Charlie] Crist 45 percent to 44 percent, in a new Voter Survey Service poll, commissioned by …
Florida Judge Rules Voter-Registration Deadline Must Be Extended
U.S. District Judge Mark Walker on Monday night ruled in favor of the Florida Democratic party’s demand that the voter-registration deadline be extended in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Republican governor Rick Scott had refused to extend the …
As the Family Goes, So Go the Public Schools
When it comes to education, Florida faces a paradox: Its public schools are highly rated, but its students register just average scores and high suspension rates. The Urban Institute in a recent report finds that, when adjusted for demographics, Florida …
David Jolly: No Decision on Exiting Senate Race, but ‘Boy, Would It Be Fun to Run against Charlie Crist’
Florida representative David Jolly, per Politico’s Marc Caputo, is considering exiting the Florida Senate race and instead running for reelection to the House. Speaking to National Review on the subject Wednesday, Jolly says it’s not a decision he’s made yet, …
Financing the Florida Senate Race
The Florida Senate race will undoubtedly be one of the most interesting of the 2016 cycle. Republican congressman Ron DeSantis announced early, and others, including lieutenant governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, are expected to challenge him in the primary, which would set up …
Florida’s Lieutenant Governor on Why the Florida GOP Must Win the 2016 Senate Race
While the political world waits with excitement#…#well, contentment . . . well, impatience for Jeb Bush to make his announcement, another Florida politician is also inching closer to a decision on a high-stakes campaign for office:
Lopez-Cantera on Why Florida GOP Must …
Florida Democrat on Early Voting So Far: ‘This Is Horrible.’
This is not what Florida Democrats wanted to read after the first weekend of early voting:
South Florida in-person early voting turnout might have been relatively lighter than expected this weekend, but Democrats for the first time this election still …
Republicans Doing Just Fine in Early Vote in N.C., Iowa, Florida
Rmmember when the rest of the country laughed at Floridians for not being able to correctly fill out a ballot? A lot of Floridians — particularly Republicans — have gotten the early-voting part down:
More than 683,000 absentee ballots were cast …
GOP AG Chair ‘Guardedly Optimistic’ about Nov.
Alan Wilson, chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association told me in a phone interview he is feeling “very good” about GOP incumbent attorneys general holding onto their jobs this November.
Of the 25 seats Republicans currently hold nationwide, 17 are up …
Former United States attorney general Ed Meese spoke with Genevieve Wood of the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal about “the most lawless administration in the history of the country.” Meese goes on to say that he believes the greatest protection …
Getting Out the Vote . . . Everywhere
The Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt features a brief look at the Inauguration hoopla, some ominous developments in Mali and Algeria in the war on terror, and then this continuing discussion of how Republicans ought to tinker with new …