Florida Five: Charlie Crist’s campaign manager jumps ship, Hobby Lobby puts Jesus in Capitol

Happy Hump Day! Enjoy today’s Florida Five picks of the top political stories from around the state:

Going so soon? Crist’s campaign manager bails: In a bad sign for Charlie Crist’s fledgling gubernatorial bid, his hotshot new campaign manager has left the team. Bill Hyers, fresh off his big New York City win managing the campaign of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, was slated any day now to start working full time for the former Florida governor…Read more.

mangermanger1203Hobby Lobby a sponsor of Nativity in Tallahassee: With a combination Christmas concert, religious service and political rally, the Florida Prayer Network officially opened its first Nativity scene inside Florida’s Capitol on Tuesday, calling a way of “celebrating the Christ in Christmas.” “The government’s not doing this, we are,” said Pam Olsen, executive director of the International House of Prayer Tallahassee…Read more.

Rubio warns of Iran deal: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a potential presidential candidate, warned on Tuesday against a proposed deal with Iran while calling for a tough U.S. alliance with Britain to counter threats abroad. The Florida Republican, while burnishing his foreign policy credentials, delivered a defense-minded speech full of warnings about security concerns in the Middle East, especially Iran’s development of nuclear power…Read more.

Nelson not running for Gov-”disregard my flip remark”: U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson on Tuesday said he was not running for governor and distanced himself from a recent POLITICO report that he might consider it if Democratic candidate Charlie Crist got in trouble. “I made some flip remark,” he said. Asked what people should make of it, Nelson said, “you should disregard it.”…Read more.

Fla. students falling behind: Bad news for Florida’s education system: Students in the Sunshine State who took international tests in math, reading and science last year did worse than other teens in the country and performed far worse than teenagers in the world’s top-performing education systems in Asia…Read more.

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