Health-care executive Rick Scott and Attorney General Bill McCollum, the two leading candidates in a bitterly contested battle for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, probably did little to enlighten Florida voters during a Tampa-TV debate Thursday evening.
On a 63-37 vote, the U.S. Senate Thursday confirmed the appointment of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court of the United States -- with Florida's delegation surprising no one when the vote was taken.
The backing of conservatives is crucial in the hotly contested Republican gubernatorial primary between health-care executive Rick Scott and Attorney General Bill McCollum, as both candidates seek to brandish their appeal to right-of-center voters while painting their rival as a closet liberal.
With less than three weeks until the primary, the hotly contested battle for the Democratic attorney general nomination took a hard turn Thursday when Sen. Dave Aronberg of Greenacres ran the first television ad of the contest.
A Rasmussen Reports poll released Wednesday shows the two leading Republicans running for governor fare very differently when pitted against Democratic front-runner Alex Sink, the state CFO -- with health-care executive Rick Scott leading Sink and Attorney General Bill McCollum trailing the Democrat.
Even though Gov. Charlie Crist hand-picked him to serve as his running mate in 2006, Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp on Wednesday endorsed Crist's chief opponent in the U.S. Senate race, former House Speaker Marco Rubio.
With less than three weeks until the primaries, four of the six attorney general candidates compared their passion, defined their positions on immigration law and generally pitched their strengths to become the voice of the law in Florida for the next four years.
Incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, will have company on his tour of medical facilities across Florida. A key legislative ally will accompany him at some of the events, but he will also have to face nurse practitioners who will ask challenging questions about why they can't write controlled prescriptions.
While Democrats are continuing to defect to independent U.S. Senate candidate Gov. Charlie Crist, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is not one of them. Nelson said in an MSNBC interview Tuesday morning that he would back the Democratic nominee in the race, be it U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek or billionaire financier Jeff Greene
With three weeks to go until the primary, Attorney General Bill McCollum is looking to reach out to Hispanic voters in an effort to catch up with health-care executive Rick Scott, front-runner for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.