Florida Five: ‘Scorched earth’ for sexual predators, DWS hits & misses Scott

Below is Wednesday’s edition of the Florida Five – the top political stories from around the state:

offthegrid1218City blasted over “off the grid” widow’s story: “Nazis.” “Commies.” “Evil bastards.” These were some of the epithets emailed to the city of Cape Coral after a story about the city’s treatment of a widow trying to live off the grid of electricity and the public water system drew national attention this week…Read more.

debbiewassermanschultz1217DWS tries – fails – to attack Scott: Is this the best Debbie can do? The normally redoubtable Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz published an op-ed in the Sun-Sentinel on Monday aiming to tarnish Florida Gov. Rick Scott, but really just ended up showing how truly empty the Democrats’ case against him is – particularly if Charlie Crist becomes their candidate in the fall…Read more.

Legislation introduced to expand private flood insurance: A bill that could fundamentally change the way many waterfront homes are insured in Florida was filed Tuesday, raising the possibility that Florida could become the first state to aggressively encourage private flood insurance as an alternative to a federal program. Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, filed the bill (SB 542) in response to escalating flood insurance rates for thousands of Floridians under the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act…Read more.

Fla. to become “most unfriendly state” for sex offenders: A series of “aggressive” bipartisan Senate bills was introduced Tuesday to help protect the state’s children from violent sexual predators. Senate President Don Gaetz vowed “these bills will make Florida scorched earth for those who seek to harm our children.”…Read more.

Sheriff’s office busts $3M EBT card fraud: A food stamp fraud scheme that accepted benefits cards that are supposed to help feed poor people was making some people richer by almost $3 million – at taxpayer expense…Read more.

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