Florida Five: Scott lights up Miami, Bush endorses, Is Nelson lying in wait?

Here’s your hump day version of the Florida Five – the top political stories from around the Sunshine state as the 2014 political season begins heating up.

Jeb  Bush endorses Rick Scott: The Republican Party of Florida has been preparing  for a brutal battle to make sure Florida Governor Rick Scott is reelected. Along with the release of a web video slamming his opponent Charlie Crist (below), the RPOF announced the following news Tuesday…Read more and watch the video.

port of MiamiScott lights up Miami: The Florida Department of Transportation(FDOT) has committed to building a cost effective I-395 bridge that will improve connectivity between I-95 and PortMiami, while revitalizing the Miami community…Read more.

Flood insurance changes may be coming: With no relief in sight from sharply rising federal flood insurance rates, state lawmakers are turning to the private market, hoping to entice insurers to offer coverage. Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, announced he is drafting comprehensive legislation for consideration next spring to offer “more affordable choices for consumers” by encouraging more private insurers to provide coverage…Read more.

Why 10-20-Life “needs reform”: If a bill sponsored by state Rep. Neil Combee passes the Florida Legislature’s 2014 session, a Jacksonville woman serving a 20-year prison sentence for firing a warning shot in self-defense might be among the last defendants in Florida to go to trial under what Combee calls a misapplication of a law intended to keep violent criminals behind bars…Read more.

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Will he or won’t he? Sen. Nelson to run for gov?: Former Republican Governor-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist is aiming to take his old job back and topple unpopular Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his massive money machine in 2014. But his path to the nomination could be complicated by the surprise entry of Florida’s elder statesman, Sen. Bill Nelson. “I firmly believe he is considering the race,” said former Florida Congressman Jim Davis…Read more.

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