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Florida Five: Bill to end state textbook selection, Poll battle in special election, GOP field grows in CD-19

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Take a look at the day’s top political stories in Friday’s Florida Five:

jolly sinkPoll battle – David Jolly leading in St. Pete Polls: While a new poll conducted for the Tampa Bay Times finds Alex Sink leading David Jolly by seven points, a new survey from St. Pete Polls commissioned by this blog shows Jolly leading by two points. In other words, there is a nine-point difference between the Times‘ and St. Pete Polls’ findings. Read more.

GOP primary field growing in CD-19: This week, Republicans looking to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., in Congress positioned themselves as they get ready for a crowded primary. After pleading guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession in November, Radel resigned from Congress at the end of January, leaving a coveted seat in Congress up for grabs. Read more.

textbookBill removes state, gives school districts ‘full control’ over textbook selection: After a divisive battle over a world history textbook in Volusia County last fall, state Sen. Alan Hays received “calls, comments, emails and everything else” from irate Floridians. Their anger, Hays said, focused on the fact that the state Department of Education had approved the book, which some complained contained a pro-Islam bias. The Volusia School Board did not bow to pressure and kept the title in its classrooms. Read more.

Common Core Q&A before Tues. vote: The state Board of Education will meet in Orlando on Tuesday to consider a revised version of Common Core, the controversial academic standards Florida adopted in 2010. Here are some common questions and answers about Common Core…Read more.

Rubio speaks out on horror’s in Venezuela: Sen. Marco Rubio spoke out Thursday as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, condemning recent actions by the Venezuelan government. “The world must wake up to what’s happening in Venezuela as the government’s unprecedented wave of repression is beating, jailing and even killing innocent Venezuelans, particularly its young people,” Rubio said. Read more.

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