Florida

Dems cheer GOP discord

Dems cheer GOP discord

A Republican civil war is raging, with righter-than-thou conservatives dominating ever more primaries in a fight for the party’s soul. And the Democrats hope to benefit. The latest examples of conservative insurgents’ clout came Tuesday at opposite ends of the country. In Florida, political newcomer Rick Scott beat longtime congressman and state Attorney General Bill […]

Obama’s campaign plan: Blame Republicans for everything

Obama’s campaign plan: Blame Republicans for everything

President Barack Obama continued his blame game Monday, traveling to America’s heartland and saying all the failures of his administration is the fault of Republicans. Republicans, he said, are the party of “no, we can’t.” President Barack Obama derided his Republican adversaries on a visit to the US heartland Monday, saying their slogan for the […]

Foreclosures surge

Foreclosures surge

The number of U.S. homes lost to foreclosure surged in July, another sign lenders are moving quicker to take back properties from homeowners behind in payments. Lenders repossessed 92,858 properties last month, up 9 percent from June and an increase of 6 percent from July 2009, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday. Banks have […]

Politics of poopy diapers

Politics of poopy diapers

The dirt — specifically dirty diapers — is flying in Florida’s race for governor. In one television commercial, newcomer Rick Scott suggests his GOP primary opponent, the state attorney general and a former congressman, should be thrown out like a baby’s dirty diaper. “Bill McCollum‘s record stinks,” a female narrator says over an image of […]

Oil spill taking a psychological toll

Oil spill taking a psychological toll

BMWUD2CYBUQM The Gulf of Mexico oil disaster feels far worse to shrimper Ricky Robin than Katrina, even though he’s still haunted by memories of riding out the hurricane on his trawler and of his father’s suicide in the storm’s aftermath. The relentless spill is bringing back feelings that are far too familiar to Robin and […]

More money woes for Marco Rubio

More money woes for Marco Rubio

Republican Marco Rubio wants to be a Senator from Florida where he can — among other things — tackle the nation’s economic problems. Turns out Rubio has trouble taking care of his own finances. A home Rubio co-owns with a Florida congressional candidate is in foreclosure after the co-owners missed five mortgage payments. Rubio bought […]

BP claims progress in capping oil-spewing well

BP claims progress in capping oil-spewing well

BP appeared to make progress early Saturday in capping the worst oil spill in US history, but President Barack Obama warned the British energy giant not to shortchange victims of the disaster. BP offered the first positive signs since the massive oil leak began April 20, placing a cap on a ruptured pipe, which appeared […]

BP screws up another attempt to stop massive oil spill

BP screws up another attempt to stop massive oil spill

BP fumbled its latest underwater experiment with the wild Gulf gusher — just like every other endeavor the company has tried to fix the nation’s worst oil spill and BP’s chief executive said the company wasn’t fully prepared for the disaster. First, a 100-ton, four-story box couldn’t contain the spill because icelike crystals clogged the […]

Foreclosures down but millions will still lose homes

Foreclosures down but millions will still lose homes

Millions of Americans are still likely to lose their homes in the coming years, but the foreclosure crisis is finally showing signs of subsiding. The number of households facing foreclosure in April fell 2 percent from a year ago, the first annual decline in five years, RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday. But the data aren’t all […]

Will Christ’s defection help Democrats?

Will Christ’s defection help Democrats?

The Republican infighting over Florida’s Senate seat that drove Gov. Charlie Crist to ditch the GOP is giving an underdog Democrat a realistic shot at pulling off an upset in the fall. Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek, who appeared headed to a lopsided loss in November, suddenly looks like a plausible contender to snatch away victory […]