Happy Halloween! Below, you will find the Florida Five – our picks from the day’s hottest political stories. Check back each morning for a look at the top stories in one of the nation’s key political states.
1-800-U-Haul for Sink?: It’s only been a week since 21-term U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young‘s funeral, and already a top Florida Democrat is trying to fill the void. Alex Sink said Wednesday she officially intends to run for the District 13 congressional seat that Young, a Republican, dominated for nearly 43 years. But Sink doesn’t live in the district she wants to represent…Read more
Here we go again: As former Gov. Charlie Crist gears up for a Monday announcement that will almost certainly kick off a campaign to regain his old job, all but forgotten is that the man who currently holds the position hasn’t officially announced his re-election effort. There’s just no rush,” said Susie Wiles, who was Scott’s campaign manager in 2010. “He is busy being governor and doing the things he said he would do when he was elected the first time.” Crist, according to Wilson, is in a different position. The former Republican and former independent still needs to reintroduce himself to Democrats, and will be hit by the GOP over job losses while Crist was governor….Read more
Rubio on sexual orientation discrimination: Sen. Marco Rubio opposes the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, a spokeswoman says. “This legislation goes far beyond protecting workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation, and he is currently studying what kinds of burdens it could impose on small businesses, frivolous lawsuits that could result, and ensuring that religious freedoms under the First Amendment are protected.” But momentum is building in the Senate…Read more
Rooney for Vets: The Veterans Pension Protection Act passed the House of Representatives Tuesday. The legislation was written by U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., to combat scams against retired veterans and strengthen the Veterans Affairs pension program…Read more
Thurston has residency issues: A South Florida lawmaker, who mat be breaking the law each day he serves in the Florida House of Representatives, announced he’s seeking to unseat Pam Bondi as the state’s chief legal officer…Read more
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