Florida Five: Atwater vs. LeMieux for FAU prez, Govs wager on game, Rubio’s new focus

It’s time for the BCS National Championship game Monday night! And while the Sunshine State and FSU fans prepare for tonight’s win, also take a look at the political stories chosen for you in the game-day edition of the Florida Five!

Atwater , Lemiuex sizedAtwater vs. LeMieux – both apply for job of FAU prez: Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater may have thrown his name into the ring to become Florida Atlantic University’s next president, but another familiar name in Florida politics — George LeMieux — also has his eyes on the top spot at the Boca Raton-based university. Read more.

Rubio announces “real reform” needed for failed War on Poverty: On Sunday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio began outlining changes he wants to see implemented after 50 years of the failed and expensive policies from President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “big government war on poverty.” Read more.

Florida, Alabama governors make friendly wager: Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley followed the tradition of a friendly wager between governors over the outcome of the BCS National Championship Game.Monday’s game pits the Florida State Seminoles against the Auburn Tigers for the national college football title. If Florida State wins, Bentley will pay up with a gallon of Toomer’s Lemonade, and if Auburn wins, Scott will send . . .  Read more.

What will command Capitol’s attention this year? As 2014 kicks off, here’s a look at some of the key issues that could dominate the political landscape in the year ahead. Read more.

Fla. governor and first lady welcome troops home from Afghanistan: Gov. Rick Scott and first lady Ann Scott welcomed Florida Army National Guard troops home from deployment at a stop in Plant City on Sunday.The troops flew into Camp Shelby, Miss., from Afghanistan and were bused to Florida. After their visit, they will be taken back to Camp Shelby to complete their final interview process, according to a statement from the governor’s office. See video, read more.

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