Florida Five: Crist keeps strip club cash, campaigns with Bill Clinton, DWS gets smoked

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:

Charlie Crist Refuses to Return Dirty Strip Club Cash – Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist said it would not be appropriate to return $90,000 in campaign contributions from strip club companies. During an interview with Facing South Florida host Jim DeFede, Crist was grilled on why he has not yet returned the strip club donations. “Because we got it from a management company,” Crist said. DeFede pushed back, pointing out that surely Crist knew he received the proceeds of approximately 2,000 lap dances. Read more

Clinton and Crist
Clinton campaigns with Crist. Photo credit: Demetrious Freeman/Times

Bill Clinton tells Florida Dems to back Charlie Crist with big turnout – Back in early 2008, as Barack Obama was beating Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, the chatter was about the former president having lost his political magic. Cable news shows kept showing clips of Clinton looking angry or awkward. It’s easy to forget, looking at the people lining up hours ahead of time Sunday afternoon and the beaming faces as Bill Clinton calmly explained the benefits of inclusiveness to hundreds of Democrats on behalf of Charlie Crist, how dramatically the Clinton narrative has shifted over the past six years. Read more

South Florida’s early voting weekend is a warning sign for Charlie Crist – Saturday and Sunday marked the first chance for voters to head to the early voting polls on a weekend, a time when Democrats could really show in force and put a big dent in Republicans’ lead in casting pre-Election Day ballots. But there was no huge surge in Democrat-rich Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Intriguingly in the three counties, the total number of people who early voted Saturday was greater than Sunday – the day when black voters were expected to have the first of two “Souls to the Polls” voting events after church. Read more

Debbie Wasserman Schultz gets smoked in CNN debate with GOP chairman – It’s a safe to say U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz wasn’t lacking opportunity when asked to respond to whether or not President Obama’s policies were on the November ballot. CNN host Candy Crowley, with a little help from Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, posed that very question to Wasserman Schultz SIX times Sunday on “State of the Union.” Read more

Gov. Scott orders monitoring for people returning from Ebola-infected countries – Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order on Saturday mandating that anyone returning to Florida from Ebola-affected countries must receive twice-daily monitoring for 21 days. The Florida Department of Health will monitor anyone who has or will return from the countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Four people who have already returned will also be monitored, Scott said. The Centers for Disease Control uses a web-based system to which tracks people who travel to disease-infected areas. “I want to be clear that we are taking this aggressive action at the state level out of an abundance of caution in the absence of much-needed Ebola risk classification information from the CDC,” Scott said in a statement. Read more

BONUS: ‘Seeking the Truth’: David Silvers business dealings questioned

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