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Florida Five: Ethics commission shocks lawmakers, Senate President’s advice for Gov. Scott

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Here are Tuesday’s Florida Five stories– our picks from the day’s hottest political stories while we wait for the results from Election Day 2013.

Palm Beach County ETHICS commission shocks lawmakers: A committee of state lawmakers is seeking a criminal investigation by the state attorney general’s office of a Palm Beach County attorney’s charge that audio records of a Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics were tampered with. The Joint Legislative Auditing Committee also agreed Monday to send a “cease and desist” letter to the Palm Beach County Commission...Read more.

cristobamaCrist strength proves Dems’ weaknesses: Florida Republicans, Charlie Crist’s immediate status as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for governor is just proof of how bankrupt the Democratic Party really is in the Sunshine State…Read more.

Bondi announces Florida to receive part of $1.6 billion settlement: Florida, along with 39 other states, the District of Columbia, and the federal government, have reached a settlement with New Jersey pharmaceutical manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Monday…Read more.

George LeMieux: “Crist has more positions than a gymnast:” George LeMieux, former U.S. senator and chief of staff for former governor Charlie Crist, slammed Crist on Monday for his political inconsistency throughout the years. “With today’s announcement, Charlie Crist has done something that’s, in my mind, really breathtaking, not only in Florida but in the country,” said LeMieux. “In my view, this is the largest change of position by a leading American political figure in as quick of a period of time as we’ve had in recent American history.”…Read more.

Sen. President: Scott should seek an ‘experienced’ Lieutenant Governor: Senate President Don Gaetz said Monday that Gov. Rick Scott must appoint a lieutenant governor with experience dealing with the Legislature and state government. “This governor, as somebody who’s come from the business community,” Gaetz said in response to a question. “I think could benefit from a lieutenant governor who understood the legislative process and the regulatory process very, very well.”…Read more.


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