Tampa Bay Times

  1. Rep. Connie Mack (R) today received two major boosts in his race against Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (D) for the U.S. Senate seat.

    One came from FreedomWorks, which announced its intentions in an email to 102,000 Florida members of the PAC. 

    From the Tampa Bay Times:

    In addition to signaling its preference, FreedomWorks provides candidates with yard signs, door hangers and other get out the vote materials. Candidates also get put into its national phone banking system. People from Ohio, for example, could be making calls on Mack’s behalf.

    The other push came from Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas casino tycoon, who will provide $1 million to Mack — possibly as a pledge to Freedom PAC, a PAC backing Mack.

    From Politico:

    [Adelson] plans to spend around $100 million this [election] cycle.

    Adelson’s backing follows his $10 million donation to Restore Our Future, a PAC supporting Mitt Romney, June 13.

  2. Frankly, the president’s executive action take[s] a lot of momentum out of Sen. Rubio’s push for a consensus, legislative solution. The president’s action undermines the urgency to pass something before the election — a hard enough prospect during an election year even before the newly inflamed politics surrounding the issue.”

    - Sen. Marco Rubio spokesman Alex Conant about the Obama administration’s plans block deportation of young illegal immigrants.

    tampabay.com »

  3. The Tampa Bay Times’ PolitiFact analyzed a Mitt Romney campaign advertisement  that faults President Barack Obama for the 2.1 percent increase poverty rate among Hispanic-Americans.

    In Florida, successful appeal to Hispanic-Americans — a group that makes up 22.5 percent of the state — could dye the state blue or red.

    From the analysis:

    All told, through 2010, 2.25 million more Hispanics are living in poverty than when Obama took office. So the numbers back up the point.

    But it’s important to explore how much the Hispanic poverty rate can be blamed on Obama’s policies. When rating claims such as this, PolitiFact weighs not only whether the claim is numerically correct but also whether it’s accurate to assign blame to the target of the ad.

    Watch the ad:

    politifact.com »

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