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Florida Five: Dems divided over ‘stand your ground’, Sink catches first break

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Below you will find Thursday’s Florida Five stories– our picks from the day’s hottest political stories around the Sunshine State.

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State Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach

Dems divided over “Stand Your Ground”: Democrats underscored the party’s division over Florida’s “stand your ground” law by calling a press conference the day before legislators meet to discuss a possible repeal effort, the chairman of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee said Wednesday. “You’ve got a Democratic caucus that is itself divided,” state Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, told reporters after a news conference in the House Democratic Office…Read more.

Clear path for Sink : Former Chief Financial Officer and failed Democratic candidate for governor Alex Sink has one less thing to worry about in her bid to replace the late Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Young in the 13th Congressional District…Read more.

Patience needed with car insurance reforms: Reforms passed in 2012 have put Florida on the road to curbing an estimated $1billion in fraudulent auto insurance claims if they’re given a chance to take hold, insurance executives said. Senate Banking and Insurance Committee David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, held a hearing Tuesday on the future of the state’s no-fault car insurance system – known as Personal Injury Protection – and whether it should be replaced…Read more.

religious freedomReligious groups bond to protect freedoms: Defending their freedom of religion has unified Catholics, Baptists and Christian Scientists, among others, with one goal — opting out of some provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Cary Vaujin says she doesn’t have any use for conventional medicine or insurance plans. Prayer has been her doctor since she joined the Church of Christ, Scientist in 1998 in her native Cuba…Read more.

Fla. TaxWatch suggests cost saving measures: The watchdog group Florida TaxWatch believes the state could trim up to $1 billion in spending by modernizing its accounting system, improving its information technology processes and taking other steps to ease the cost of government on taxpayers…Read more.

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