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Scott, Crist TV ads contradict on tax claims

We sort out opposing claims from political ads about whether Charlie Crist cut taxes or raised taxes.

By Joshua Gillin :: Published on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 at 9:35 a.m.

Caregiver claims by medical marijuana opponents aren't on the books

Saying Amendment 2 helper registries are too lax focuses on the legal details, but ignores the fact the state health department will write those rules should the measure pass in November.

By Joshua Gillin :: Published on Thursday, June 12th, 2014 at 3:13 p.m.

Mailer compares Charlie Crist and Nan Rich in Democratic primary for governor

A mysterious group attacks Crist’s record on abortion, guns, education, gay marriage and adoption, but it ignores his full record, including flip-flops.

By Amy Sherman :: Published on Thursday, June 5th, 2014 at 11:50 a.m.

Dissecting the Republican theme ‘Crist crash, Scott surge’ in the governor’s race

Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election campaign blames opponent former Gov. Charlie Crist for the economic crash and credits Scott for the surge. Economists say the full story is more complex.

By Amy Sherman :: Published on Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.

Attacks and claims about climate change heat up the Truth-O-Meter

As new studies shined a spotlight on rising sea levels and global warming, Sen. Marco Rubio and other politicians and pundits made several statements we fact-checked

By Amy Sherman :: Published on Thursday, May 29th, 2014 at 11:21 a.m.

Revisiting Rick Kriseman's pier promises

St. Petersburg's new mayor made a lot of promises about the future of the city's iconic pier, which remains closed after residents voted to reject its chosen replacement. Some time has elapsed since then, so we decided to look into three vows he made and see how they rate on our Krise-O-Meter.

By Joshua Gillin :: Published on Thursday, May 15th, 2014 at 2:39 p.m.

Fact-checking Rick Scott vs. Charlie Crist in the battle for Florida governor

It's only April, but PolitiFact Florida has fact-checked many claims about Obamacare, education and jobs from Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic frontrunner former Gov. Charlie Crist. There's more to come; the general election isn't until November.

By Amy Sherman :: Published on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 4:55 p.m.

Marco Rubio says Snowden revelations 'most damaging' in U.S. history. What do historians say?

Florida's junior senator  said it's the worst case of spying ever. Experts we talked to said it's up for debate, but there are others that could be considered as significant.

By Joshua Gillin :: Published on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 at 12:03 p.m.

Political attacks in governor's race make Medicare claims confusing

Attacks lines about Medicare have been dominating the Florida governor's race. To make sense of the attacks and counterattacks, you need to know the key differences between traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Our primer explains it for you, and where recent ads have been inaccurate.

By Joshua Gillin :: Published on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

Top 5 fact-checks for March

PolitiFact Florida looked at Rick Scott’s State of the State address, medical marijuana, state funding for the environment, the Common Core educational standards and Medicare.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 at 12:39 p.m.

Jeb Bush, 2016 contender?

Whether he runs for president or not, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush can be counted on for making interesting statements. We fact-checked his recent comments in Broward County on the Keystone XL Pipeline and state revenue.

By Joshua Gillin, Amy Sherman :: Published on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 at 9:40 a.m.

Rick Scott ad attacks Charlie Crist on Obamacare

Let’s Get to Work’s TV ad says health law has led to 300,000 canceled plans and will drive 2.5 million Americans out of work. Those claims are exaggerated.

By Amy Sherman :: Published on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 at 3:02 p.m.

Fact-checking the candidates in the U.S. House special election to replace Bill Young

The race to fill the late U.S. Rep Bill Young's open House seat has become a national campaign, thanks to outside money from both parties and special interest groups. We go over the biggest claims concerning the candidates and suss out how accurately issues have been presented in the special election. Voters weigh in during a special election on Tuesday.

By Joshua Gillin :: Published on Monday, March 10th, 2014 at 3:54 p.m.

Fact-checks of Gov. Rick Scott cross the 100 mark

Since he launched his campaign for Florida Governor in 2010, we've fact-checked more than 100 of Rick Scott's statemens, on things like education, jobs, Obamacare and .... doughnuts

By Amy Sherman :: Published on Friday, March 7th, 2014 at 11:51 a.m.

We put Rick Scott's 2014 State of the State address to the Truth-O-Meter

The governor talked about tax cuts, jobs and education in his fourth session-opening speech. PolitiFact Florida went over some of his statements to see whether what he said was telling the whole story.

By Joshua Gillin, Julie Kliegman, Amy Sherman :: Published on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 at 6:50 p.m.

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