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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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Politics
12:22 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Fact Checking Will Weatherford on $30 a Month Health Care Plans

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The March 31st deadline is approaching for folks to sign up for a health insurance plan that's compliant with the "Affordable Care Act".

Meanwhile, Florida state lawmakers are back at work and Democrats are, once again, trying to get the state to accept federal dollars under Obamacare to expand Medicaid in the state.

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Politics
2:49 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

PolitiFact-Checks on Charlie Crist

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Former Republican Florida Governor Charlie Crist is hitting the talk show circuit to promote his book "The Party's Over: How The Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat."

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Politics
12:31 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Fact-Checking the Governor on Environmental Licensing

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott has taken his share of heat from environmentalists over his pro-business policies.

But lately the governor has proposed increases in spending on conservation projects -- including Everglades preservation and cleaner waterways.

Scott even praised Environmental Protection Agency workers.

The governor said, "Recently, Florida has successfully reduced the environmental permitting time down to just two days. That's great."

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Politics
9:58 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Obama's 'You Can Keep It' Promise Is 'Lie Of The Year'

President Obama: He's been called out on one of his highest-profile promises.
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Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 1:59 pm

President Obama's oft-repeated promise that "if you like your health care plan, you can keep it" is 2013's "lie of the year," according to the fact checkers at the Tampa Bay Times' nonpartisan PolitiFact project.

PolitiFact says that:

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Politics
1:08 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

PolitiFact's Lie of the Year Nominees

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The ten finalists have been announced in a contest that nobody wants to be entered in.

It's PoltiFact's "Lie of the Year."

PolitiFact will announce the winner soon.

In the meantime, it's asking readers to vote on their "Lie of the Year" from a list of ten nominees.

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Politics
3:21 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Fact-Checking Voter Databases, Stand Your Ground and Gambling

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Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner is defending his plan to use the federal Homeland Security database known as SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements) to search for noncitizens on Florida voting rolls.

During a Nov. 4 hearing before the Senate Committee on Ethics and Elections, Detzner said using SAVE to check voter registration is one of its primary uses.

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Politics
12:49 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Fact-Checking GOP Attacks on Alex Sink

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The Republican Party of Florida hasn't wasted any time in attacking Democrat Alex Sink, who has just announced she will run for the congressional seat of the late Bill Young.

Just hours after Sink announced, the Florida GOP posted a YouTube video that criticized Sink on a number of issues.

For one thing, the video's text reads, "...Florida's CFO (Chief Financial Officer) Alex Sink oversaw a 27 billion dollar loss in the state's pension fund."

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Politics
3:59 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Fact-Checking Common Core Attacks

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State education officials hit the road last week to hear what Floridians had to say about new education standards known as Common Core.

And boy, did they get an earful.

Attacks on Common Core during these hearings ranged from the ridiculous -- calling the standards "Communist Core" -- to the serious -- that teachers haven't been involved at all in creating the standards.

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Politics
1:05 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Progress Made in Cutting Government Spending? True.

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Some members of Congress pushed for an end to the recent government shutdown by claiming great strides have already been made in downsizing the federal government.

One of them was Florida Congressman Dennis Ross from Lakeland.

In a recent opinion piece in the Tampa Bay Times, Ross wrote that "for the first time since the Korean War, total federal spending has gone down for two years in a row."

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Politics
12:14 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Rubio on Support for Defunding Obamacare: Mostly False

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Just after the House of Representatives voted to pass a temporary government spending bill  that would also defund Obamacare, Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio -- who wants the Senate to do the same -- issued a press release saying:

"The American People support defunding Obamacare and oppose shutting down the government."

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Politics
7:04 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Can The President Really Make 11 Million Legal?

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has a new way to energize conservatives about immigration reform.

Essentially, Rubio says, if conservatives don't join a move to improve the immigration situation, President Barack Obama will do it on his own.

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Politics
1:31 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

The Legislature Gave Up Control of Health Insurance Rates? PolitiFact Says Yes.

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The state of Florida has not exactly been warm and welcoming to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- better known as Obamacare.

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