Florida Five: Sink stays afloat with out-of-district cash, Florida Blue glitch, Scott hits Miami

TGIF! Have a look at Friday’s Florida Five picks of the top political stories from around the state:

Out-of-district cash keeps Sink afloat: In a toss up district in a toss up state, Democratic darling Alex Sink has a lot going her way: national media attention, in-state name recognition and a fat pile of cash… [But] is Sink’s priority to represent CD-13, or is she the stand-in candidate for the Democratic Party‘s national ambitions? Read more.

stethescope*304Florida Blue’s Obamacare ‘glitch’ failing customers: It was just a few short days ago that U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius was in Florida to promote Obamacare, lauding the president’s signature health-care plan for its accomplishments to provide health insurance to millions of Floridians across the state. It now appears, however, that the biggest health care insurance provider in the state, Florida Blue, is overwhelmed by the volume of enrollments and simply can’t keep up with high demands. Read more.

House panel passes priority bills against sex offenders: A series of bills that are part of the Legislature’s “Protecting Florida’s Vulnerable” agenda passed the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee Thursday. The measures will strengthen laws to protect children from sexually violent predators, according to a statement from House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel. Read more.

Gov. working ‘voter-rich’ Miami: Rick Scott focused on voter-rich Miami-Dade County this week as he looks to shore up his support in November. 

Around 475,000 Miami-Dade residents voted in 2010, which made up about 9 percent of the total number of Floridians who cast their ballots. Read more.

U.S. House won’t repeal flood insurance hikes: House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that the GOP-controlled House won’t take up legislation aimed at neutering a 2012 overhaul of the federal flood insurance program that is hitting homeowners with big premium hikes. Read more.

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