Florida Five: Hillary vs. Jeb matchup, Obama’s hurting Fla. Dems

Jump start the weekend with a look at BPR’s Florida Five picks for Saturday’s top political stories:

Jobless rate dropped to 6.7 : Florida’s unemployment rate for October dropped to 6.7, continuing a downward trend in jobless numbers since Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011…Read more.

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Via Pat Dollard

Fla. voters like a Hillary-Jeb matchup: A Quinnipiac University poll released Friday suggests voters here prefer former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as the Republican nominee for president in 2016, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side. “It’s no surprise that Hillary Clinton is well thought of by Florida voters, but when asked whether she would be a good president, more voters say yes than say they will vote for her,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Nonetheless, she is neck and neck with former Gov. Jeb Bush and has a narrow lead over Chris Christie. Another Florida favorite Son, Sen. Marco Rubio, doesn’t fare as well.”…Read more.

Tally not interested in ethics reform: Apparently, ethics isn’t a big deal in Florida’s capital city. Mayor John Marks certainly doesn’t appear to be all that serious about itRead more.

Fla. poll shows Obama hurting Dems: Florida voters are souring on President Obama and his signature healthcare law — and it’s hurting Democrats in the state, a new poll indicates. The president’s job-approval numbers are near an all-time low — 40 percent approve, 57 percent don’t — and a majority of Florida voters now view him as being untrustworthy, the Quinnipiac University poll released Friday showed…Read more.

“Purple trending” district a test of 2014: The last time this stretch of the Gulf Coast faced a competitive congressional race, Richard Nixon was president. But the death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young last month has set off an intense contest to fill the seat in Florida’s 13th District, a place that will be the proving ground for the arguments both national parties will make in the midterm elections…Read more.

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