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August 12, 2014

Jeb Bush and Rick Scott together Fri


Charlie Crist's three-day bus tour concludes Friday with to-be-announced event in Miami, after campaign stops in Tallahassee and Jacksonville Wednesday, and Orlando and Tampa Bay on Thursday.

But in south Florida Friday,  former Jeb Bush Republican-turned Democratic nominee Crist may have trouble dominating the media as the original Jeb Bush Republican - Jeb Bush - makes his first campaign appearance this year with Rick Scott. Only a few months ago, Crist called Bush a "great" governor.

Scott campaign spokeswoman Jackie Schutz says Govs. Bush and Scott will visit "a business in Homestead to highlight proposals to keep Florida working."

Movers & Shakers

Former Junior League president and police chief appointed to human trafficking council 

Lee Lowry, a former president of The Junior League of Tampa, and Philip Thorne, Springfield's police chief, have been picked by Gov.Rick Scott to fill the two remaining seats on the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking.

The council, which was created during the legislative session to develop recommendations for programs and services for victims of human trafficking and maximize existing resources, will have its first meeting at 2 p.m. Aug. 18 in Room 214 of the Knott Building at the Capitol. 

The other members of the 15-member council are Attorney General Pam Bondi, the council's chairman; Mike Carroll, interim secretary of the state Department of Children and Families, who will serve as vice chairman; State Surgeon General Dr. John ArmstrongElizabeth Dudek, Secretary of the state Agency for Health Care Administration; Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey; Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Interim Secretary Christina Daly; and Education Commissioner Pam Stewart; Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle; Martin County Sheriff William Snyder; Terry Coonan, executive director of the Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights; Dotti Groover-Skipper, chairwoman of the Community Campaign Against Human Trafficking; Sen. Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring; and Rep. Jeanette Nunez, R-Miami.

New faces on the Commission on the Status of Women

Nancy Acevedo and Dhyana Ziegler have been appointed to the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.

Acevedo, 65, of Winter Springs, is an intelligence analyst with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

Ziegler, 65, of Tallahassee, is the Garth C. Reeves eminent scholar chair of journalism at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

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PolitiFact Florida to appear in Halifax Media Group papers

Fact-checking reports from Florida’s Truth-O-Meter can now be read in Halifax Media Group newspapers around the state, thanks to a new agreement between the Tampa Bay Times and Halifax Media Group.

Now, many of the Florida Truth-O-Meter rulings that appear in the Tampa Bay Times, TheMiami Herald and online at politifact.com/floridawill be available to newspaper readers in other Florida cities. The agreement will reach readers of the Sarasota Herald-TribuneThe Daytona Beach News-JournalThe Lakeland Ledger, theWinter Haven News ChiefThe Gainesville Sun, the Ocala Star-Banner, the Panama City News Herald, the Northwest Florida Daily News of Fort Walton Beach and the Leesburg Daily Commercial.

PolitiFact Florida helps readers sort out the truth in state politics. Our fact-checking reports hold politicians and candidates accountable for their comments and political advertising. PolitiFact Florida is fact-checking the Florida governor’s race, the state’s congressional delegation in Washington and potential 2016 presidential candidates from Florida, among other topics. We also fact-check statements made about popular issues, such as education, immigration and the economy.

"We are excited to broaden our reach so that more newspaper readers will be able to sort out the truth in politics," said Tampa Bay Times Editor Neil Brown. "With statewide elections set for November, we are anticipating an even larger audience our award-winning fact checking."

Dade Data: How wealthy are Miami-Dade politicians?


When they qualify to run for public office — and every year once they’re elected — Miami-Dade County candidates are required by Florida law to disclose their finances.

They list the value of their assets, including investments and property, and of their liabilities, including mortgages and student loans. The resulting subtraction equals their net worth.

A review of the most recent financial disclosures available of Miami-Dade commissioners and the mayor shows significant disparity.

Commissioner Barbara Jordan, a 71-year-old retired assistant county manager, reported wealth of more than $1.5 million. Commissioner Jean Monestime, a 51-year-old real-estate broker, reported $89,400. 

More here.