Below, you will find Friday’s 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.
Scott sets dates for CD-13 special election: Gov. Rick Scott‘s office agreed Wednesday on dates for a special election in Pinellas County’s 13th Congressional District to elect a successor to the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young. The primary will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, and the general election will be held Tuesday, March 11, 2014…Read more
Rubio’s bill seeks to delay individual mandate: On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tried unsuccessfully to get the Democratic-controlled Senate to delay the individual mandate included in President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law due to the continued problems plaguing the marketplace website. “If the bill that I am proposing is adopted, it wouldn’t keep anybody from signing up for health insurance under Obamacare,” Rubio insisted. “The only thing it would keep is the IRS from fining you if you’re unable to do it. And the reason why that makes sense is because the way we’re supposed to do it, on a website, simply isn’t working. And so my bill is pretty straightforward. It’s kind of a common sense thing. It just says that you can’t start enforcing those fines on people until the website is fully functional…Read more
Rubio, DeSantis back “like it, keep it”: Two Florida Republicans are taking a leading role behind Wisconsin Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s push to keep Americans enrolled in their health care plans instead of losing their coverage in the aftermath of President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law. Johnson introduced the If You Like Your Health Care Plan You Can Keep It Act this week with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., at his side….Read more
Wasserman Schultz sends condescending letter to Rubio: . . . Read more
Nelson calls for investigation of jobless claims computer: U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is calling for an investigation into problems with the state’s new jobless claims computer. Nelson has asked the U.S. Department of Labor to look at delays and other problems experienced by unemployed Floridians seeking unemployment insurance benefits…Read more
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