Politics & Policy

Florida Night Notes

  • More than a month out from the election, the Rothenberg Political Report is calling it for Republican Sandy Adams in Florida’s 24th district: “Freshman Suzanne Kosmas trails substantially in multiple polls. It’s over. Sandy Adams now is virtually certain to win this seat in November.”

    For Republicans, who have a realistic shot at four Democratic seats, that’s one down, three to go.

  • Marco Rubio is being called a flip-flopper by Charlie Crist over Social Security privatization, which Rubio says he no longer supports, having concluded about six months ago that such a proposal wouldn’t work.

    “The problem with that, after I studied it, was that it takes payers out of the system. It doesn’t work, because it actually makes it in the short term harder to balance it,” Rubio is quoted as saying in the Palm Beach Post. “The concept is intriguing to a lot of people, but I think its time has come and gone, largely because after studying the issue, you look at the numbers. What happens is, if you take younger workers out of the system, even as a percentage, you don’t have enough payers to make the system solvent.”

  • GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott released a six-page education plan today, which calls for, among other things, increased measurements of teacher quality and expansion of charter schools and voucher programs. “Simply throwing more taxpayer dollars at an outdated system like my opponent wants to do is not enough,” Scott said, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

    Democratic candidate Alex Sink said public education is “severely underfunded” and suggested that if Scott wants to cut the taxes that fund schools, he needs to explain exactly where he would make up the difference.

     

  • Kendrick Meek has pulled visits and endorsements from big names, but here’s a new one: Former SNL cast member and Democratic Senator Al Franken sent an email on behalf of the Meek campaign today. It was an earnest appeal — nary a joke or fistfight challenge in the whole letter.

    “Democrats have won some close races these past few years–mine in Minnesota among them,” Franken wrote. “We need to remember that even against tough odds, we can win. The key is for each and every one of us to commit to doing everything we can. I guarantee you that if all of Kendrick’s grassroots supporters do just that, he will win.”

     

  • Steve Southerland, a small businessman running in the 2nd district, launches a new campaign ad featuring his wife Susan. The best part? Learning how they met — in first grade.

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