Take a look at the day’s top political stories in Friday’s Florida Five:
AFP’s new ads target congressional Dems: Americans for Prosperity continued its campaign of standing up against Obamacare with the announcement Thursday of a series of television ad buys in Florida. Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, joined state director Slade O’Brien in Central Florida to unveil two new ads. Read more.
Political damage taking “toll” on Crist: A convicted Ponzi schemer’s court claims that Charlie Crist engaged in a contributions-for-favors “quid pro quo” has come at a damaging time for the former governor who wants his old job back. Crist’s campaign and defenders vociferously denied Scott Rothstein’s testimony Wednesday and Thursday as the desperate act of a fraudster seeking to shave time off a 50-year prison sentence for the $1.4 billion Ponzi scheme he masterminded. Read more.
Flood insurance bill may get extra review: As thousands of coastal residents worry about higher flood-insurance rates, an effort to attract more private insurers to offer flood coverage in Florida may go back to the start of the Senate review process. Read more.
House bill would give nurse practitioners more power: In an issue that could spur a health-care industry fight, a House select committee Monday will take up a 155-page bill that would give nurse practitioners independence to provide medical services without physician supervision. Read more.
Gov. Scott honors Fla. veterans: Gov. Rick Scott presented 42 Florida veterans the Governor’s Veterans Service Award during a meeting of the Cabinet Thursday, for their service to the Sunshine State and the nation.“It is an honor to thank these veterans for their hard work and sacrifice to our state and nation,” Governor Scott said in a statement. Read more.
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