Below is Wednesday’s edition of the Florida Five – BPR’s picks for the top political stories from around the state:
Bondi demands meeting with Sebelius over Obamacare fraud: Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and her counterpart in South Carolina want to hear directly how the Obama administration plans to protect consumers from identity theft and other potential fraud related to Obamacare. Read more.
DWS facing wrath of Jewish constituents over WH support of Iran: U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is working behind the scenes to scuttle bipartisan efforts to put new sanctions on Iran if it reneges on a deal to limit its nuclear program. Read more.
Judge rules feds out; Fla. DEP to manage water: In a ruling that ends a long battle over who gets to keep Florida water clean, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle ruled Monday in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) motion to modify the consent decree regarding numeric nutrient criteria for Florida’s waters. Read more.
Rep. Gaetz willing to talk medical marijuana: State Rep. Matt Gaetz has signaled his willingness to open a dialogue about using marijuana to counteract the debilitating symptoms of some illnesses. He is quick to point out, however, that he’s leery of anything that would open the door to legalizing pot in Florida for vague medicinal purposes. Read more.
Florida December unemployment numbers trounce pre-Scott predictions: numbers released Monday show Florida’s major metropolitan area’s heading into the fourth year of Gov. Rick Scott’s administration far outpacing economists’ employment predictions made the month before Scott took office. Read more.
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