Happy Saturday! Kick off your weekend with a look at today’s Florida Five – our picks of the top political stories from around the state.
Obama & Crist, perfect for each other: President Obama arrived in Miami Friday afternoon to headline three Democratic Party fundraisers hosted by the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and, in a surprise move met with Cuban dissidents. Florida’s newest high-profile Democrat, former Gov. Charlie Crist, was spotted at the Segovia Tower in Coral Gables at a $32,000-a-head fundraiser hosted by personal injury attorney Ralph G. Patino…Read more.
Scott tweets Obama-thanks, but no: On the eve of President Obama’s fundraising trip to Miami Friday, Gov. Rick Scott took to Twitter to slam the president over his failed policies in the Sunshine State…Read more.
Abruzzo, ex-ethics honcho spar over audit: ‘This isn’t North Korea’: State Sen. Joseph Abruzzo blasted the former executive director of the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics Friday saying, “when a fish stinks, it usually starts at the top. . . Read more.
Scott’s record bests Crist on Hispanic appointments: Three years ago newspapers were full of Charlie Crist’s minorities mischief. Taking heat from both blacks and Hispanics, Crist was branded an egotist whose efforts to undermine Kendrick Meek and Marco Rubio smacked of racial insensitivity…During his period in office, Scott has been matching, or bettering, Crist’s record for appointing Hispanics to government jobs, including judicial appointments…Read more.
A look at Sen. president’s productive week: Florida Senate President Don Gaetz outlined Friday several important actions by Florida Senate committees during the week ending Nov. 8. From Florida’s possible expansion of gambling to lobby-firm transparency to environment and health, it was a busy week for legislators in Tallahassee…Read more.