Scott-Crist Debate: The Twitterverse Responds to Brutal On-Air Smackdown

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Michele Eve Sandberg
Well, that was brutal. Fangate obviously didn't cool down any tempers. Last night, Gov. Rick Scott met challenger Charlie Crist in the final gubernatorial debate. If you plugged into the live feed from Jacksonville, you witnessed the only show outside of the WWE featuring well-tanned and slightly delirious egos pounding each other with metaphoric metal chairs.

Both the current and former governor unloaded full clips of personal attacks, umbrage, and criticism. They bashed each other on backstory, on lifestyle, on who grew up poor and who grew up rich, who was friends with scumbags, who was a scumbag. It was ugly. And ultimately, it didn't move voters much. The latest Quinnipiac poll put both candidates at 44 percent.

The reason, it seems, is that Florida voters are just sick of both Scott and Crist. A dive into tweets from last night's debate illustrates the late-election-season malaise.

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Eight Things That Will Happen in Tonight's Debate Between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist

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Chris Joseph
Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are set to have their third and final debate tonight on CNN, two weeks from Election Day.

And this time, there will be no fans.

CNN has made it clear to both candidates that no fans are allowed in tonight's debate, and Crist has agreed that this time he won't be bending any rules.

According to the network that's hosting this final debate, the race between the two candidates remains all knotted up.

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Fort Lauderdale Commissioners Set to Vote on Ordinance That Would Restrict Feeding the Homeless

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Fort Lauderdale city commissioners will be voting tonight on the proposed ordinance that could cripple groups that distribute food to the city's homeless.

The crux of the ordinance deals with applying rules on food handling, providing toilet facilities and hand-washing areas, and requirements on how and when the food should be served, particularly for groups that service the homeless outdoors and in parks.

On the surface, the rules seem to have good intentions, with commissioners contending that passing the ordinance would protect the homeless from illnesses caused by ill-prepared foods. Homeless advocates, however, say that the ordinance will restrict them from doing what they can for the homeless. Having to provide toilet facilities and hand-washing areas is not only a hassle but expensive -- particularly for nonprofit groups.

But more to the point, the ordinance would represent yet another obstacle to helping Fort Lauderdale's homeless, who have become more and more marginalized over the past few months.

See also: Fort Lauderdale Looking Into More Homeless Crackdown Laws

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Florida's Medical Marijuana Amendment Is in Danger of Failing

Categories: Crime, Politics

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For much of the past year, it seemed almost inevitable that medical marijuana would become legal in Florida. Polls showed that more than 80 percent of Floridians would support a constitutional amendment that's on the ballot this November legalizing medicinal weed.

So it was something of a shocker last week when a Tampa Bay Times poll indicated that medical marijuana will fail to get the 60 percent of the vote required to get on the ballot. It had previously polled at more than 9-to-1.

See also: Meet the Americans Serving Life in Prison for Weed

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Almost Every Major Newspaper in Florida Endorses Charlie Crist for Governor

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Michele Eve Sandberg

Correction, October 21, 10:50 a.m. : The Bradenton Herald endorsed Rick Scott. This article has been corrected to reflect that.

Nearly every major newspaper in Florida has endorsed Charlie Crist for governor this week.

The endorsements began with the Tampa Bay Times weighing in last weekend and the Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel weighing in on Friday, followed this past weekend by the Orlando Sentinel and the Palm Beach Post.

The only one that has endorsed Rick Scott is the Tampa Tribune, while daily papers in Fort Myers, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville have yet to weigh in.

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Ebola Czar Ron Klain Was a Big Player in the Florida 2000 Election Recount

Categories: Health, Politics

As it is with everything in life, Barack Obama's new Ebola Czar has a Florida connection. On Friday, Obama announced that former Al Gore chief-of-staff Ron Klain would be his new Ebola Czar.

Klain's objective is to basically be ahead of any new updates on the virus, as well as manage be on top of the way the U.S. responds to any such news, as well as trying to keep the public's panic-mode to a minimum.

Klain, who is not a scientist nor a doctor, is well known in Washington as a guy who can manage a crisis. He made his name as the lead lawyer for Gore during the 2000 Presidential election when Florida was caught up in its "hanging chad" fiasco (he would later be played by Kevin Spacey in a movie about the 2000 election recount).

See also: Ebola: Rick Scott Tells CDC It Must Contact All Fort Lauderdale Frontier Passengers

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Rick Scott Says It Wasn't His Decision Not to Come Out on Stage Over a Fan

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Michele Eve Sandberg
FanGate is only going to get more insufferably weird before it finally dies down.

Debate organizers Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association said in their statement Thursday that Crist had agreed to not bring his fan if the temperature were cool enough.

Organizers also say that both candidates signed a letter with the rules on them but that the Crist campaign signed it with a handwritten note scribbled on it reading, "*with understanding that the debate hosts will address any temperature issues with a fan if necessary."

See also: Charlie Crist Broke the Debate Rules With Fan, Officials Say

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Charlie Crist Broke the Debate Rules With Fan, Officials Say

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Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg

Because Florida is Florida, the topic of the day Thursday is, of course, FanGate. And now debate organizers have released a statement saying that Charlie Crist did, intact, break debate rules by having his trusty fan with him onstage.

The statement from the Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association says Crist had agreed to not bring his fan if the temperature were cool enough. And while Crist insisted that he would be bring the fan up with him if there were "temperature issues," debate officials said there were no such issues.

The temperature on the stage at the time of the debate was 67 degrees.

See also: #FanGate Reactions Dominate Post-Debate Spin by Politicians

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Rick Scott Should Release His 2013 Tax Information if He Wants Anyone to Take Him Seriously Now

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Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg
Rick Scott might be trying to recover this morning from one of the more idiotic and childish political blunders since barefoot Greeks first started tallying votes in the Acropolis. But the current governor of Florida actually might have a bigger issue starting today. Scott -- whose personal wealth is huge -- has declined to reveal his most recent tax return, citing that he'd applied for an extension. That extension is now up. So will the governor release his info?

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#FanGate Reactions Dominate Post-Debate Spin by Politicians

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Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg
The room was cluttered with a dizzying array of voices. Bodies crushed in together. Lights flashed. Cameras buzzed. The so-called post-debate Spin Room -- the designated area where politicians go and talk to the media about how their candidate won the debate -- was a steaming goulash of pant suits, caked-up makeup, and hair products. It was like entering another dimension, where creatures with many faces glared at you with a mouthful of coffee-stained teeth and fed you robotic answers until your face exploded.

And they were all here. Sen. Marco Rubio, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida Speaker Will Weatherford, and a host of others.

And the topic of the night?

A fan.

See also: Rick Scott-Charlie Crist Debate at Broward College (Photos)

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