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3:19 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Fact-Checking Wasserman Schultz on ACA Court Rulings

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The Affordable Care Act -- Obamacare -- was dealt another setback recently when the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia ruled that people in states that don't operate their own insurance marketplace cannot get subsidies for the insurance they buy on the federal marketplace.

That's because the language of the ACA doesn't specifically say that.

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Politics
9:18 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Fact-Checking the Battle of Gubernatorial Campaign Ads

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It's the battle of the TV ads -- literally -- in the race for Florida governor. 

Former Republican governor and presumed democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist has launched his first TV ad, with lots of claims that were immediately countered by a fresh TV commercial from the Republican Party of Florida -- using parts of Crist's own ad.

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Politics
2:22 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Fact-Checking Marijuana Law Claims About Charlie Crist

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The race for Florida governor is heating up.

Gov. Rick Scott's likely Democratic challenger Charlie Crist released his first TV ad this week. It's called "Sunshine" -- and its focus is definitely positive.

But mud is being slung in the campaign.

Though, sometimes, it's hard to figure out who is slinging it.

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Politics
12:14 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

PolitiFact Says Promise Kept for Scott on Taxes

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Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott is no fan of taxes, promising to "oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes."

And PolitiFact Florida says Scott has followed through on that promise.

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Politics
2:51 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Fact-Checking Medical Marijuana Caregiver Qualifications

When it comes to fact-checking the growing debate over Florida's proposed constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana, well, let's just say it's a target-rich environment.

There are new claims about what the amendment would do and its effects on drug use on a regular basis.

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Politics
1:33 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Fact-Checking Charlie Crist on Tuition Increases

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Education is quickly becoming ammunition in the upcoming gubernatorial battle between Florida's Republican Gov. Rick Scott and his likely Democratic opponent -- former governor and former Republican Charlie Crist.

The latest charges from Scott's camp are that Crist raised college tuition in Florida a bunch before Scott came in and started lowering college costs.

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Politics
3:16 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Is Cap and Trade a Republican Idea? The PolitiFact Ruling

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With the federal Environmental Protection Agency's  new targets for reducing carbon emissions just being released, the debate over how to reduce atmosphere-heating carbon is on -- again.

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Politics
11:57 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Fact-Checking Kriseman On His Pier Promises

When Rick Kriseman was running for Mayor of St. Petersburg, he made a number of promises about resolving the future of the St. Pete Pier.

A referendum had stopped the proposed building of a design called "The Lens" -- with left the iconic inverted pyramid a fenced in shell of itself.

Among other things, Kriseman promised a new pier would be opened by the end of 2015.

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Politics
2:50 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Fact-Checking Long-Term Unemployment, Speed Limits and Sharia Law

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The gubernatorial race continues to heat up in Florida, with the Republican party taking lots of swipes at presumed Democratic candidate Charlie Crist -- who was once the state's Republican governor.

The economy, which started to fall apart on Crist's watch, is a big target of Republican criticism.

But Crist is hitting back -- claiming the economy is not as great as Gov. Rick Scott is claiming.

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Politics
12:02 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Fact-Checking the Governor on In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students

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Governor Rick Scott is traveling the state this week -- in full campaign mode -- following a 60-day legislative session that produced a number of things he can use on the campaign trail... not the least of which are tax and fee cuts.

He's also claiming victory for a law that will allow the children of undocumented immigrants in-state tuition rates.

But you don't have to travel too far back in time to hear Scott opposing that kind of law.

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Politics
12:36 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Fact-Checking Hispanic Voter Estimates

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The gubernatorial race in Florida isn't even set yet -- though it's highly likely that Republican Gov. Rick Scott will be going up against former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, who is now a Democrat.

Based on recent presidential votes in Florida, Crist may be assuming that he'll get the lion's share of the Hispanic vote in the state.

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Politics
3:06 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Fact-Checking Charlie Crist's Past

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Charlie Crist was once a Republican governor of Florida.        

He wants his old job back -- as a Democrat. 

And that means -- to make a strong case among Democratic voters -- he has some explaining to do.

But some analysts say Crist is having a tough time spinning his Republican record.

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Politics
12:53 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Fact-Checking Governor Scott on Job Creation

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"Jobs" has been Rick Scott's mantra since becoming governor of Florida.          

Talk about any topic and Florida's governor is more than likely going to, somehow, end up talking about job creation.

And that certainly hasn't changed as Scott gears up his reelection campaign.

Most recently, the Governor has said Florida has created 540,000 jobs since 2010.

Are the governor's stats -- which came in an online ad -- correct?

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Politics
1:21 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Fact-Checking Rubio and Scott on ACA Claims

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Right around the 4th anniversary of its passage, the deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act -- also known as Obamacare -- has come and gone.

While the White House has been celebrating the number of sign-ups -- a number that's in dispute -- critics, including many Republicans, claim the law is fatally flawed.

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Politics
2:53 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Fact-Checking Charlie Crist's Claim That The Recovery Started During His Administration

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The economy is definitely going to be a campaign issue in the Florida gubernatorial race, with Republican Gov. Rick Scott claiming that he's cleaned up the economic mess left by his predecessor -- Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist.

It is Crist who will be running to unseat Scott.

As Florida's governor, Crist served from January 2007 to January 2011 when the wheels fell off Florida's economy -- and the country's -- in what's now referred to as the great recession.

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