Florida Five: Scott, Crist push ‘Souls to the Polls,’ PAC cash boosts TV ads

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:

Rick Scott w Jeb Bush
Photo Credit: Carl Juste, Miami Herald

Charlie Crist, Rick Scott make Souls to the Polls push with big-name help – Sunday was for spiritual as well as political salvation. Known as “Souls to the Polls,” the Sunday before Election-Day is the last day for in-person early voting, a time when black voters have flexed their political muscle and cast ballots in droves after church across Florida. Their mission was a daunting one Sunday: help the Democratic Party — and especially Charlie Crist — eat into Republicans’ 126,000 lead in casting pre-Election Day ballots. Read more

Charlie Crist sets record for flip-flopping – Americans continue to lose trust in politicians, the polls tell us. Two-thirds of Americans believe the nation is going in the wrong direction, according to an Aspen Institute survey. And half think American values will weaken over the next decade. If ever there was a politician who should never again be entrusted with power, it’s Charlie “Chameleon” Crist. Crist, up against sitting Florida Gov. Rick Scott, has no core beliefs. He moves whichever way the political wind blows, and he changes direction based on whatever is best for his own career. Read more

Florida Democrat candidate released phony error-filled endorsement letter from Obama – A Florida Democratic candidate, who’s running for local office, posted a phony endorsement letter from President Obama that was riddled with errors on his Facebook page. Let that sink in for a minute. Wow. The White House stationary, as well as Obama’s signature were forged. Read more

Rising tide of PAC cash raises ad volume – Among Florida’s political action committees, money flows in a round robin of generosity. The political parties give to them and get from them. Specifically, the parties will give to PACs controlled by those in leadership roles. These individuals don’t have to spend that money on their own campaigns; rather, they can give it to friends and supporters, currying favor and loyalty. Despite perennial calls for campaign finance reform and elected officials’ best intentions, money still goes where the politicians want, especially in the year of what could be the costliest gubernatorial race in Florida history. You can see the effect of PAC money this weekend, the last before the general election Tuesday, in the assault of political TV commercials. Read more

Global Warming Is a Political Ruse in Florida Governor’s Race – Outside activist groups are spending millions of dollars on political ads claiming Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is not doing enough to fight global warming. A look at the facts, however, reveals Florida is more than pulling its weight on the global warming issue, and the political ads are actually an attempt to promote a Democratic political candidate rather than an effort to fight global warming. Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer, who made his fortune funding coal power in third-world nations, is leading the global warming push in Florida, spending $10 million on anti-Scott political ads … Steyer’s sarcastic tone aside, there is essentially nothing a Florida governor can do to change the global temperature. The United States accounts for less than 15 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, and Florida accounts for only 4 percent of the U.S. total. Accordingly, Florida accounts for significantly less than 1 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions. Florida could eliminate all its carbon dioxide emissions and scientists would never be able to measure the impact on global temperatures. Read more

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