Florida Five: Immigration tuition bill passes House panel, GOP field ramping up against Patrick Murphy

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

illegalimmigration0809Immigration tuition bill passes House panel: A bill that would allow some undocumented students to avoid paying out-of-state tuition rates won unanimous approval from a House panel Wednesday, but appears likely to run into resistance if and when it heads to the Senate. The proposal (HB 851) has the support of House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, and members of the House Higher Education and Workforce Subcommittee said they hoped the bipartisan approval of the measure would prompt the Senate to take another look at the bill. Read more.

Senate panel passes residency requirements: A Senate committee gave unanimous approval Wednesday to new residency standards for lawmakers, paving the way for the measure to pass the full chamber on the first day of the upcoming legislative session. The residency standards (SCR 954) approved by the Senate Rules Committee are aimed at clarifying the meaning of a constitutional requirement that legislators live in their districts. Read more.

Republican primary field ramping up against Patrick Murphy: Republicans are starting to ramp up their operations against U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., considered by some one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents in the nation because he represents a swing district. Murphy defeated Republican incumbent Allen West in 2012. This week, former state Rep. Carl Domino kicked off his bid for the Republican nomination to challenge Murphy even as Democrats at the national level fired away at him. Read more.

Karl Rove’s PAC doubles down on David Jolly over Alex Sink: With three weeks to go until the Pinellas County congressional election, a group with ties to prominent Republican strategist Karl Rove — who is best known for guiding George W. Bush’s two successful presidential campaigns — is getting more involved. Read more.

Florida Blue CEO says single-payer is wrong for future of health care: Is Obamacare the first-step toward a single-payer health care system? “Some people think so,” Pat Geraghty, CEO of Florida Blue, told Watchdog.org. Geraghty’s guarded response came on the heels of a presentation he gave Tuesday at the Economic Club of Florida on the future of health care. Read more. 

BONUS: Susan B. Anthony List backs state Sen. Benacquisto for Congress

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