Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Our digest of, and commentary on today's Florida political news and punditry.

Scott and Crist Camps Fire Away

"The war of words continued this week between Gov. Rick Scott and his leading Democratic rival, former Gov. Charlie Crist."

A day after Crist launched his first television ad of the campaign, Scott’s team came firing back. The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) launched a new video ad on Tuesday which offers a response to one Crist unveiled on Monday. Despite spending most of his political life as a Republican, Crist is the favorite for the Democratic nomination to challenge Scott in November.
"Rick Scott and Charlie Crist Camps Keep Firing Away."

Rubio "one of the more creative thinkers on the Republican side"

Republican consultant John Feehery is apparently looking for work:

I think [Marco Rubio is] one of the more creative thinkers on the Republican side. And he's certainly no Ted Cruz and he’s no Rand Paul. And he is that mantle of the Republican's Reaganism.
"Chris Matthews Proclaims Marco Rubio Is ‘The Republicans' John Edwards’."

Scott continues to dominate the airwaves

"Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist has launched his first TV ad, but incumbent Gov. Rick Scott continues to dominate the airwaves." "Crist campaign debuts first TV spot."

A teacher thing

"Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are using a similar weapon in their battle for the governor’s mansion: teachers."

While the tactics are similar, the strategies are different.

Crist has already snagged the endorsement of the Florida Education Association, the statewide teachers union. Now, he is hoping to get as many teachers and public-school supporters to the polls as possible. Their votes could make a different in a close race.

"Gov. Rick Scott, rival Charlie Crist face off on education."

Florida all aboard constitutional convention crazy train

"A group [of Teabaggers] pushing for a convention of the states to amend the U.S. Constitution hopes to have resolutions before at least 24 state legislatures next year."

Jordan Sillars is a spokesman for the Convention of the States Project. He says three states have passed resolutions calling for a constitutional convention: Alaska, Florida and Georgia.

Supporters see it as a way to push back on a federal government they see as out of control. Critics have questioned the issues singled out for consideration and worry such a convention would devolve into chaos.

"Push continues for convention of states."

She said it

"With seven weeks to go until the primary, the two Democrats running for their party’s nomination to challenge Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi are firing away at her while she continues to look toward November."

House Minority Leader Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, launched a website on Tuesday hoping to chronicle Bondi’s missteps in office.

“Today, we launched,” Thurston informed supporters. “We are calling Pam Bondi out on every mess she has made the last four years in Tallahassee.”

"Pam Bondi's Rivals Try to Chip Away at her Lead."

FlaDems Go After Southerland

"This week, U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., drew fire from the Florida Democratic Party for his efforts to stop President Barack Obama’s proposal to limit energy exploration and fishing in 780,000 miles of ocean." "Florida Democrats Go After Steve Southerland for Attacking Obama's Ocean Scheme."

Scott crowd in a dither

Rick Scott cheerleader, Nancy Smith is in a dither this morning: "Jim Greer, expected to conduct his first live radio interview since he was sentenced to 15 months in prison, mysteriously failed to show Tuesday night."

The empty chair left program host Leslie Wimes of Women on the Move to reshuffle her questions for the one guest left, Greer's biographer Peter Golenbock.

The mystery is in Greer's sudden change of plans. They make no sense.

"Jim Greer No-Shows His Scheduled Radio Interview: Why Would He Do That?."