Today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:
Gov. Rick Scott says he’d veto controversial AZ bill: ‘We are for freedom here in Florida’: In a statement that said Florida is “focused on economic growth, and not on things that divide us,” Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday that he’d veto Arizona’s controversial religious freedom bill, if given the chance.The announcement came an hour or so before Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer did just that; vetoing the so-called “anti-gay” bill that “would have allowed people with sincerely held religious beliefs to refuse to serve gays,” according to The Associated Press. Read more.
America Rising: Hillary Clinton “stiffs” Alex Sink during Florida tour : Email from America Rising, the conservative political committee: “Today Hillary Clinton is making two stops in Florida, speaking to college students and at a health care conference.”Hillary campaigned several times last year for long-time crony Terry McAuliffe including headlining “women for Terry” events and once for her former campaign manager Bill de Blasioin New York. Yet for the 2nd time since she left the State Department Clinton has stiffed a female Democratic contender who could use the help. Last year it was Chris Christie opponent Barbara Buono, today its the Democrat candidate for the Florida 13 House Special Election, Alex Sink. Read more.
Fla. doctor could bring Obamacare executive orders to screeching halt in federal court: A South Florida orthodontist is taking on President Obama‘s penchant for unilaterally altering the Affordable Care Act without the approval of Congress.And he’s got a shot a winning.Larry Kawa took to Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., Wednesday morning to announce a lawsuit filed on his behalf with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. It’s the only case of its kind against any of the 29 executive orders relating to Obamacare.If successful, the court could force the Obama administration to adhere to the employer mandate that it has twice delayed, contradicting the plain text of the law.It could be the biggest case of 2014. Read more.
Don Gaetz Prediction: Cooperative Senate and House Will Distinguish 2014 Session: A spirit of cooperation between the House and Senate worked to produce an overachieving Legislature in 2013, so why not stick with a winner in 2014, Florida Senate President Don Gaetz told the staff of Sunshine State News Tuesday.In an interview with SSN, Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, pointed to the “Workplan 2014” agenda that he and Weatherford are championing. It includes “promoting economic opportunity through education,” becoming more “military friendly,” defending the “most vulnerable” Floridians, supporting Gov. Rick Scott‘s proposed tax cuts and improving government efficiency.”Read more.
GOP hits Dem hard for ‘shocking’ ‘narrow-minded’ comments; ‘VIDEO: Racist Liberal Alex Sink’: Republicans are striking and Democrats are in full-fledged damage control after Florida congressional candidate Alex Sink made an ill-conceived remark Tuesday on immigration.Sink’s campaign made national news after her response to a question during a debate.The Sarasota County Republican Party sent out an email blast containing a clip of Sink’s remarks titled, “VIDEO: Racist Liberal Alex Sink,” the Times reported.The GOP immediately pounced. Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry made this statement:“Alex Sink’s comments are as shocking as they are narrow-minded,” he said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “Floridians are people who want to work hard to make their dreams come true, and in our state no dream is out of reach. For Alex Sink to make such an implication about those who immigrate to Florida is insulting.”Read more.
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