Below is Wednesday’s edition of the Florida Five – BPR’s picks of the day’s top political stories.
Florida Rep. confronts John Kerry over Obama shaking ruthless Castro’s ‘bloody hand’: The White House is in full spin mode attempting to explain President Obama’s handshake with Cuban leader Raul Castro at Tuesday’s memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Read more.
Fla. Appeals Court rules public universities can’t regulate guns on campus: A Florida appeals court on Tuesday handed down a potentially far-reaching ruling that would block state universities from regulating guns on campus. The 1st District Court of Appeal – in a rare opinion decided by the entire appeals court – sided with a University of North Florida student and a gun rights group that challenged a university rule that bans students on campus from storing guns in their cars. Read more
Fla Gov. Scott calls Office Depot victory a game changer: On the same day Gov. Rick Scott declared “victory” with the announcement that Office Depot would be making its corporate headquarters in Boca Raton, the governor had a different kind of victory in mind, too. Read more.
Gardiner lays out priorities as new Senate president: A continued focus on job growth, a statewide approach to water issues and a potential overhaul of Florida’s special education programs will be top priorities for incoming state Senate President Andy Gardiner. Read more.
Fla. Dem Alan Grayson conned out of $18 million in fraudulent investment scheme: U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., is best known for taking to the House floor to proclaim that the Republican Party’s plan for healthcare is for Americans to “die quickly,” but it’s his portfolio that may be feeling pretty ill. Read more.
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