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Florida Five: Jolly wins, Scott takes drug testing to Supreme Court, DWS plays both sides

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

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BONUS: What Florida leaders are saying about Rick Scott’s choice for lieutenant governor

Scott appeals drug-testing ruling to U.S. Supreme Court: Gov. Rick Scott is officially asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on his invalidated executive order for state agencies to randomly drug-test state employees. Scott’s office officially asked the high court Monday to fight the decision of a Miami federal judge, who in 2012 ruled Scott’s order for state employees violated their Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches. An appeals court last year upheld the ruling, at which time the governor indicated he would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case. Read more.

Jolly wins GOP primary; vows to repeal and replace Obamacare: In a special election marked by unusually high turnout, David Jolly, former aide to the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, will be running for his boss’s old seat in March after winning Tuesday night’s Republican primary in Congressional District 13. Read more.

Wasserman Schultz busted playing both sides of sanctions: Divided loyalties have been making things uncomfortable for a South Florida congresswoman, and a new 30-second spot put together by a political advocacy group is turning up the heat even more. Read more. 

Adam Putnam proposing ‘complete rewrite of Florida’s charity laws’: Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam on Wednesday will propose “a complete rewrite of Florida’s charity laws,” aiming to increase state oversight and transparency in direct response to investigative reports published last year in the Tampa Bay Times. Read more.

Scott carves out more cash for embattled DCF: Gov. Rick Scott continued to release aspects of his budget on Tuesday, touring the state and showcasing his proposals for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The governor highlighted more funding for protecting children and public safety on Tuesday.At the media event in Miami at which he announced Carlos Lopez-Cantera would become lieutenant governor, Scott announced that his proposed budget would increase funding to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) by almost $31.9 million while another $8 million would go to sheriffs’ offices that handle child-protection issues. Read more.

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Michele Kirk


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