Take a look at the day’s top political stories in Friday’s Florida Five…
Rubio calls for sanctions against Venezuela, slams Clinton: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., announced Thursday that he was introducing a resolution “deploring violence in Venezuela [and] calling for full accountability of human rights violations” there. He was joined by two Democratic Senators — Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez of New Jersey, and Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin of Illinois, according to Rubio’s press release. Read more.
First test on effects of Obamacare?: The death of U.S. Rep. Bill Young in Florida created a special election that could turn out to be a referendum on Obamacare. The race in Congressional District 13 between former Florida CFO Democrat Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly could be the first big test of the effect of Obamacare on the midterm elections. Read more.
Twin bills attempt to halt Common Core: The State Board of Education may have unanimously passed nearly 100 proposed changes to Common Core State Standards last week, but Florida legislators in both chambers have bills that would stop the implementation of the new standards entirely. On Wednesday, Sen. Greg Evers, R-Pensacola, filed a bill in the Florida Senate to pump the brakes on the implementation of the new education standards, which have become the subject of intense scrutiny throughout recent months. Read more.
Fla. lawmakers urge Obama to halt deportations of Venezuelans: A Florida congressman is calling on President Obama to grant political asylum to Venezuelans caught in a rising tide of violence in the South American country. “As conditions continue to worsen in Venezuela and current civil unrest shows no sign of ending, the United States must provide refuge for those fleeing Venezuela or fearful of returning. I urge you to use your executive authority to provide relief to these individuals,” U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., wrote to the president Monday. Read more.
Lawmakers considering ‘far-flung’ gun bills: What do Pop-Tarts and property insurance have in common? For anyone who has been paying attention to the Florida Legislature recently, the answer is easy: Guns. Bills dealing with toaster pastries and insurance policies are just two of more than a dozen gun-related measures lined up for the 2014 legislative session that starts Tuesday. As in previous years, many of them will go nowhere, especially if Marion Hammer, the National Rifle Association’s powerful Florida lobbyist, doesn’t like them. Read more.
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