cristCharlie Crist (Rep) and Jim Davis (Dem ) are expected to announce today who will be their Lt. Gov. candidates.

The rumored possible running mates are –

Crist: From the State House: Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, Rep. Jennifer Carroll, R-Green Cove Springs, and former House Speaker Allan Bense of Panama City. Also state Sen. Lisa Carlton, R-Osprey and Helen Aguirre Ferre, a bilingual journalist from Miami who is editor of the opinion pages of Diario Las Americas. Carroll is an African-American with a military background. Bense is in line to be the next Florida Republican Party chairman.


For Davis: two black lawmakers – state Rep. Chris Smith of Fort Lauderdale and former state Sen. Daryl Jones of Miami. Also mentioned -former Miami-Dade commissioner Jimmy Morales and Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.


Early Analysis of FL Gov Race

September 7, 2006

This from Political Wire


      In Florida, Crist to Face Davis for Governor

      CQ Politics says the results of yesterday’s primary elections for

governor “suggest that the Republican nominee, state Attorney General

Charlie Crist, may be entering the nine-week general election campaign a

step ahead of his Democratic counterpart, Rep. Jim Davis.”


      Crist defeated his challenger, Tom Gallagher (R), 64% to 34%, while

Davis won his primary fight against Rod Smith (D) by a much smaller margin,

47% to 41%.


      Meanwhile, Hotline On Call notes Democratic turnout was much lower

than Republican turnout. Was it the rain in Democratic areas of the state?

Or are Democrats not as motivated to vote?


RO Note: Dems are emailing me saying the low Democratic turnout just means the Dems didn’t care who opposed Crist. They will still come out in big numbers in Nov. Expect to see Dems push Davis as a family man (one wife, good kids)  vs. Crist – divorced, single guy.

Meanwhile, Jeb Bush, Tom Gallagher and Charlie Crist are hitting the campaign trail as one happy GOP team. Folks, Crist will be hard to beat.



Smith may be catching Davis

September 1, 2006

lensRod Smith is gaining momentum in the race to be the Democratic nominee for Florida’s governor.  We have heard that a new poll will be released this weekend that shows Smith ahead of Jim Davis for the first time.

This week alone Smith has raised over $500,000 for his campaign – none of it from Big Sugar. Overall, he has raised $1.8 just in North Florida – which is unprecedented for a Democrat.

Remember Florida has a passion for “dark horse” candidates. Smith just may pull this upset off.

newspaperFrom Miami Herald:


Crist keeps wide lead; Smith gains on Davis


Attorney General Charlie Crist’s formidable lead over Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher in the Republican primary for governor appears secure, according to a poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University, but with less than a week to go before Tuesday’s election, the race between the leading Democrats is still up for grabs.

Crist is ahead of Gallagher 57 to 32 percent, according to the Connecticut-based public opinion research group.

But the poll says the contest between U.S. Rep. Jim Davis and state Sen. Rod Smith is much tighter, with Davis leading 43-32 percent, while a substantial 24 percent of Democrats surveyed are still undecided. Among Republican voters, 12 percent say they have not made up their minds.

”The thing about undecideds is many of them often don’t vote,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, adding that many Democrats have ”not been inspired” by the Democratic candidates this year.

The poll showed that Crist’s lead includes voters who identify themselves as ”born-again or evangelical Christians.” Among Republicans, 45 percent describe themselves within that conservative subset, and among those voters, Crist leads Gallagher 53 to 38 percent, although that sample has a margin of error of 8.7 percentage points.

The university surveyed likely primary voters in Florida Aug. 23-28, including 317 Republicans and 312 Democrats. Because of the small sample, the poll had a margin of error of 5.5 percentage points.

lensFrom: Former U.S. Senator Max Cleland

I am writing to you today to bring your attention to some very disturbing news.  Jim Davis, a loyal Democrat who has spent over 17 years in public service working for the people of Florida, is now the subject of a disgusting smear campaign financed by Republican special interests aimed at electing Jim’s primary opponent.

The U.S. Sugar Co., one of the worst polluters in the nation, knows that Jim Davis, if elected governor, will no longer allow them to use the “Everglades as a toilet.”  He has a long record of standing up to special interests in defense of the environment.  It is that commitment and record that earned him the support of the Sierra Club.

If you have been watching television here in Florida, you are likely familiar with U.S. Sugar’s handiwork.  They are running television ads, sending out flyers, making phone calls, and airing radio spots that misrepresent Jim’s record.

The fact of the matter is, these attacks are blatantly false, and are obviously intended to smear a good Democrat in order to protect the environmentally detrimental business practices of the U.S. Sugar Co.

This is a great illustration of how we could expect each of them to run their administrations.  Join with me to show everyone in the state that Florida cannot be bought and sold by Republican special interests.  Help Jim fight back by taking a stand.  Refuse to buy into their smear campaign.  Tell your friends that you know Jim will bring new, independent leadership to Tallahassee – the reason he is being attacked so forcefully by Republican special interests.


Your voice can make a difference.  Let’s stand up for Jim through the home stretch.



Former U.S. Senator Max Cleland

Hot, Hot, Hot – 8/28/06

August 29, 2006

Rick's BlogTop 10 hot items

  1. Stop Our City Blab Show #1 – review
  2. PNJ takes editorial stand in favor of CM
  3. PNJ scares up sells
  4. SOC supporter plays What if game
  5. Deputy breaks 21 yr old’s arm…then arr
  6. Is the U.S. falling apart?
  7. Hurricane questions for SOC Blab TV Show
  8. Marty shows lack of class
  9. BSoc has new yard signs
  10. Why SOC closed the 8/22/06 meeting?

newspaperThe St. Petersburg Times has published a special report on Enterprise Florida: Deal me in. Enterprise Florida is the public-private partnership responsible for leading Florida’s statewide economic development efforts. Most importantly, it determines where state incentive dollars are spent.

BellSouth Telecommunications began a $700-million modernization and expansion in early 2000. Even though it didn’t appear to meet the criteria, BellSouth applied for a capital investment tax credit from Enterprise Florida.

However BellSouth executive Joe Lacher was a  member of the board overseeing Enterprise Florida, and he had advocated several bonuses for the EF president and other senior managers. BellSouth was the second larger corporate contributor to EF – $400,000 from 2000-2005.
EF staff helped BellSouth revise its application, arranged meetings for BellSouth with aides to Gov. Bush and twice recommended the requests be approved
In December 2003, BellSouth got the credit which saved it $2-million in state taxes.

The St. Pete article is good investigative reporting by the best daily newspaper in the state.

RO NOTE: The current vice-chair of the Enterprise Florida board is Susan Story, Gulf Power, but she wasn’t on board then. Both GOP governor candidates – Charlie Crist and Tom Gallagher -are on the EF board.

newspaperFrom Miami Herald: Big Sugar plays rough in governor race

Jim Davis has attacked Big Sugar’s support of his opponent Rod Smith, and Big Sugar has fought back to the tune of $1.7 million. They are labeling him “anti-agriculture.” It’s enough to almost make me vote for Davis…almost.

From Sun Sentinel:Katherine Harris: Separation of church and state ‘a lie’

“…if you’re not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin,” she says in interview.

I can’t make up better quotes for Harris.


From Miami Herald:

Building-rule break stands in Panhandle

A state building panel voted to let the Panhandle keep some exemptions from windstorm building codes. Critics say the move will aggravate the insurance crisis.

St. Pete Times:

Candidates come out swinging

Between answering questions on insurance and property taxes, the pair pepper each other with accusations of liberalism and ethical slips.

Florida by the numbers

August 21, 2006

newspaperFrom the St. Pete Times:

33.8 Percentage of Florida residents in 2003 who were born in the state, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report.

45.9 Percentage of Florida residents who were born in a different state.

17.6 Percentage of Florida residents who were born in another country.

54.2 Percentage of foreign-born Florida residents who were not U.S. citizens.

24.2 Percentage of Florida residents who spoke a language other than English in the home.

17.7 Percentage of Florida residents who spoke Spanish in the home.

4 Number of Florida cities included in this year’s edition of’s list of the 100 Best Places to Live.

229.52 Number of miles from Tampa to Boca Raton, which ranked 30th on the list and is the only “Best Place to Live” within 250 miles of the Tampa Bay area.

10 Number of the “Best Places to Live” that are located in Texas, the most of any state.

48.7 Percentage of the population of Gainesville that’s single, the 12th highest percentage in the nation.

48.2 Percentage of the population of Tallahassee that’s single, the 16th highest percentage in the nation.

23 Of the 25 cities with the highest median home prices, the number that are in California.