Florida Five: Dems try to rattle Gov. Scott with lawsuit, ‘Free speech zone’ buzz in Capitol

Here is Tuesday’s edition of the Florida Five – the top political stories from around the state that brings you the National Championship winning Florida State Seminoles!

"Will Weatherford, Seth McKeel, Tom Lee, David Simmons" Photo courtesy of Sunshine State News
“Will Weatherford, Seth McKeel, Tom Lee, David Simmons”
Photo courtesy of Sunshine State News

Who will be next Fla. CFO?: With Jeff Atwater announcing he will focus on becoming the next president of Florida Atlantic University instead of running again for a second term as the state’s CFO, eyes are turning toward Republicans who could replace him. Buzz is focusing around four possible Republicans: Will Weatherford, Seth McKeel, Tom Lee and David Simmons. Read more.

Christians, Atheists want “free speech zone” in Fla. Capitol: The threat of a lawsuit is hovering over the state’s rejection of a satanic display, and the rotunda exhibit policy is set to undergo a staff review. But the prevailing view among those who have recently jumped at the chance to use the public floor space to express their beliefs is to simply let everyone have their say. Read more.

Fla. Senate moves toward DCF reform: Florida Senate President Don Gaetz on Monday took the next step toward reforming the state Department of Children and Families by asking the author of a white paper to address a Senate panel on how to improve the agency’s approach to child safety. Read more.

Universities revising policies after gun rights court win: Under threat of a lawsuit by gun rights activists, the University of South Florida has joined Florida State and the University of North Florida in revising its policies to allow guns to be stored in cars on campus. Read more.

Rick Scott sued for delay in choosing Lt. Gov.: Florida Gov. Rick Scott is being sued over his decision to leave the post of lieutenant governor vacant for nearly nine months. Read more.

Bonus Story: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off for first breathtaking launch of 2014

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