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Good morning! The beginning of another week brings a new Florida Five, your top political stories from the sunshine state.

DWSWasserman Schultz ducks Iran sanctions questions: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) continued to evade questions about her efforts to block new Iran sanctions legislation in Congress when asked today about the issue during multiple public appearances on Saturday in Florida. Read more.

South Florida lures more corporate headquarters: Lured by the sun, low taxes and a diverse workforce, an increasing number of companies are setting up corporate headquarters in South Florida. Eighteen corporate headquarters have expanded or moved to Broward and Palm Beach counties since the recession officially ended in 2011. Read more.

First poll shows Obamacare sinking Sink campaign: Call him a long shot, call him an underdog or call him crazy. But according to StPetePoll.org, little known David Jolly is up four points over Alex Sink in the Pinellas County special election race to fill the late Bill Young‘s U.S. House seat. Read more.

Expensive Obamacare website poorly translated into ‘Spanglish’: First there were the delays. Then came the malfunction. Now, the Spanish version of the Obamacare website, www.Cuidadodesalud.gov is lost in translation.Luis Alvarez Castro, a University of Florida associate professor of English and graduate coordinator, said although his brief visit to site unearthed no major grammatical or spelling errors, many of the translations were literal and not correct. Read more.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott proposes 10-day back-to-school sales tax holiday: Scott’s announcement during the Florida Chamber Insurance Summit was part of the 2014-2015 “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget” presentation.Read more.

BONUS: Rush Limbaugh’s gatekeeper, ‘Snerdley,’ opens up: It takes a special kind of person to keep pace with the king of conservative talk radio, Rush Limbaugh. Long-time producer James Golden, aka “Bo Snerdley,” accepted the challenge over 25 years ago, and he hasn’t had time to look back since.

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Michele Kirk


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