Florida Five: Scott says WH raiding Medicare, Rubio’s brilliant floor speech, Sink’s big oops

Today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:

Florida Gov. Scott: White House ‘raiding Medicare to pay for Obamacare’: “I’ve traveled the state and talked to our citizens,” Scott told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. “First, last fall 300,000 were told they were going to lose their insurance, and as you know, the president told them they wouldn’t. Now I talk to seniors and they’re saying, ‘Look, I can’t get a doctor.’”Scott was responding to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ criticism of states that haven’t expanded Medicaid.“Basically what the administration is doing is raiding Medicare to pay for Obamacare,” he said. Read more.

Rubio’s responds to ignorance about communist regimes in brilliant floor speech; Venezuela is new Cuba: The junior senator from Florida listened respectfully Monday, as U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, delivered a floor speech, much of it in praise of the “paradise” of Castro’s Cuba. When it was Republican Marco Rubio’s turn, he gave his colleague across the isle an education of the hell the Cuban dictator had made of the island nation.“Let me tell you what the Cubans are really good at,” Rubio told the chamber. “What they are really good at is repression…They have exported repression in real time, in our hemisphere, right now.” Read more.

Florida Dem’s inflammatory immigration comments: Who’s going to clean our hotel rooms, do our landscaping? Some of Democrat candidate Alex Sink’s answers at Tuesday’s chambers of commerce-sponsored debate are causing people to take notice – and not in a good way. Here’s what Sink, the Democrat candidate running against Republican David Jolly in the heated special election race for Congressional District 13, had to say about immigration: Read more.

Hooray for Hollywood: Florida taxpayers could hand film industry $1B tax break: As Tinseltown readies for Oscar night, Florida‘s film and entertainment production industry is reportedly lobbying lawmakers for $1 billion in tax perks.The giveaways, or subsidies, allow for selected companies producing films, commercials, music videos, “high-impact” television shows and interactive websites to skip out on as much as 30 percent of their tax bills as long as they’re working in Florida.Everyone else will pick up the difference, Matthew Mitchell, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, told Watchdog.org. Read more. 

Hey, Common Core opponents, this is what sneering Sun Sentinel thinks of you [pic]: Bias? What bias? That is what the Sun Sentinel thinks of you, Common Core-opposing parents. While it was a cartoon penned by Chan Lowe, the Sun Sentinel backed it enough to promote it via its Twitter feed.Of course, such sneering contempt is par for the course. How dare you disagree with your “betters,” rubes? Read more.

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Michele Kirk

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