2:34 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Everyone Lies: How A SCOTUS Case Relates To Gubernatorial Politics In Florida

Governor Rick Scott (R) and Former Governor Charlie Crist (D)

Someone - there’s some debate as to whether it was Will Rogers or Mark Twain - said you can tell when a politician is lying if their lips are moving.  Certainly today’s hyper-charged political campaigns are often known for their casual approach to accuracy, as well as their incredible expense.  Ryan Benk took a look at what’s happening in Florida in the ramp-up to this fall’s elections.  He begins with a conversation with one of the state’s top political journalists.

Ryan Benk: The Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo joins me now. Hey, Marc welcome to the program.

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5:32 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Red Light Camera Bill Postponed In Senate Hearing

Warning for a red light camera.
Credit Fringehog / Flickr Creative Commons

Discussion of a Senate bill aiming to abolish all red light cameras in Florida was postponed Wednesday after several amendments  failed to pass the Transportation Committee.

The bill is similar to Rep. Frank Artiles’ (Rep-Miami) House bill, which has been the subject of controversy since its filing in early January. After failing to abolish red light cameras in a bill in last year’s session, Artiles added amendments to cut fines for red light runners caught on camera and establish alternate methods of preventing red light running.

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3:21 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Florida Democratic Party Warns Activists: Stop Calling Yourself 'Democrats'

This bio appears on the Twitter account of the Florida Democratic League
Credit Florida Democratic League via Twitter

The Florida Democratic Party is threatening legal action against a group it says is impersonating it. The group calling itself the Florida Democratic League has been publicly voicing several positions that conflict with the party’s.

Democratic Party spokesman Joshua Karp says the Democratic League has held a series of press conferences in recent weeks around Miami.

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4:35 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Republican Party: CNN Story Accusing Scott Of 'Pay-to-Play' Politics Is 'Just False'

The Principi Group hosted this 2013 Scott fundraiser
Credit Sunlight Foundation

A national report airing on CNN Wednesday accuses Florida Gov. Rick Scott of engaging in “pay-to-play” politics by accepting money and fundraising help from a D.C. lobbyist who’d won a state contract a year earlier.  But the Republican Party of Florida says the report is based on inferences and lacks evidence Scott did anything wrong.

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7:04 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Southerland The Focus Of Robo Calls Urging Him Not To Shut Down Govt. In 'ObamaCare' Fight

Florida Congressman Steve Southerland, who represents the Panhandle, the target of robo calls paid for by Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

A disagreement over funding for the Affordable Care Act has some House Republicans threatening a federal government shutdown. Florida Congressman Steve Southerland is one Republican hoping to defund the health care law, but there’s a campaign underway aimed at changing the Congressman’s mind.

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