Florida Five: Nelson shakes Dems, Islam textbook battle rages, Rubio touts morality

Start what’s shaping up to be a busy political week in the Sunshine State with BPR’s Monday edition of the Florida Five:

bill_nelsonMarc Caputo: Bill Nelson for governor could endanger Charlie Crist, U.S. Senate seat and Democrats: On exclusive Star Island at a Clinton Global Initiative fundraiser two weeks ago, big-time Democratic donor Neal Roth couldn’t believe he was hearing it. Again.“It looks like Bill Nelson’s looking hard at running,” a booster of the Democratic senator said of his interest in campaigning for governor, Roth recalls. Roth’s first reaction: “Why do we keep shooting ourselves in the foot?”…Read more.

Rubio addresses religion and morality: Senator Marco Rubio told an anti-gay group Saturday night that moral issues need to be part of the government debate and insisted the United States needs to do more to protect religious freedom abroad.“The moral well-being of our nation is our business. It’s everybody’s business,” Rubio said to applause at the Florida Family Policy Council fundraising dinner. “The debate we should be having isn’t whether or not we have a right to talk about values and morals in the public square, the debate we should be having instead is which values and morals our nation should focus on”…Read more.

fla world history textbookRepublicans fighting Democrats/CAIR/School Board: Republicans and Democrats are gearing up for a big fight Monday afternoon in Volusia County over the controversial 10th grade World History book accepted as part of the Common Core State Standards…Read more.

Scott safe from a primary challenge?: With less than nine months until the primary, it appears Rick Scott won’t have to deal with any major Republican challengers in 2014. That’s good news for Scott who has a tough hill to climb as Charlie Crist leads in the polls…Read more.

Healthcare law leaves Fla. scrambling for doctors: Even if the healthcare.gov website is fixed, adding large amounts of newly insured patients will only exacerbate an existing shortage of doctors…Read more.

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