Florida Five: Supremes ponder red light cameras, Rubio joins push for prayer

Here’s hoping FSU fans are happy, Miami fans have recovered and Bucs fans, well…Moving right along, here are Monday’s Florida Five – our picks from the day’s hottest political stories. Check back each morning for a look at the top stories around our key political state.

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Fla. Supreme Court considers cameras: Red light cameras have made it to almost 80 Florida cities, but now the issue is in front of the state Supreme Court, and the results could affect the use of the controversial devices statewide. Thursday, Justices will decide whether cities jumped the gun when installing Red Light Cameras before the 2010 authorization by the Florida Legislature…Read more.

FBI tracking Fla. medicare fugitives: In Miami’s very deep sea of Medicare fraud, Carmen Gonzalez was a minnow. So when federal agents recently nabbed her after five years on the lam, it didn’t exactly make a splash. But her arrest was the latest in an under-the-radar round-up of fugitive scammers who have branded Miami with the dubious title of the nation’s capital of healthcare corruption…Read more.

Rubio pushes for prayer: Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida wants the Senate to keep praying before lawmakers get down to business. Texas legislators, too, want their daily prayers. And in an unexpected pew-sharing, the Obama administration has joined conservative state and federal lawmakers in urging the Supreme Court to tolerate prayers during government meetings.“For a few minutes each morning, politics and party are set aside,” Rubio and 33 other senators advised the Supreme Court in a legal brief…Read more.

Lake OkeechobeeHelp for South Fla. waterways on the way: A Senate committee will be asked Tuesday to support $190 million for projects intended to help reduce pollution going into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries from Lake Okeechobee.

A 23-page draft report, which is slated to go before the Select Committee on Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin, adds six long-term fixes to a list of short-term fixes first recommended in August by Chairman Joe Negron, R-Stuart…Read more.

Planned Parenthood targets clients to enroll in Obamacare: Planned Parenthood received designation as a Certified Application Counselor for the Affordable Care Act in Florida, a federal website reveals. The revelation that the abortion provider will play a central role in Florida Obamacare implementation is a stark reminder that U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) misled Floridians when he assured them there would be a solid wall of separation between Obamacare, abortions, and abortion funding. The federal website data.healthcare.gov lists Planned Parenthood of South Florida as a Certified Application Counselor for Obamacare in Florida…Read more.

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