Florida Five: Sharpton leads ‘stand your ground’ march in Tally, Jolly in national spotlight

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:

Jolly tells Cavuto why all eyes are on Florida’s CD 13 race: Obamacare battle, ground zero: The March 11 special election to see who takes Florida’s 13th Congressional district has become ground zero on a single issue — Obamacare — and may give a preview of what the 2014 midterm elections in November.David Jolly, the political newcomer who is taking on Democrat Alex Sink, appeared on “Your World” Monday and discussed the race withFox News host Neil Cavuto. He informed him that President Obama took the district in 2012. Read more.

Controversy emerges over allowing guns in schools: Military veterans or retired law-enforcement officers with concealed weapons permits and special training could be designated to bring guns into elementary, middle and high schools under a proposal moving through the Florida Legislature. Read more.

Sharpton leads march over ‘stand your ground’ law: The Rev. Al Sharpton led hundreds of people on a march Monday to the state Capitol, where they rallied against Florida’s “stand your ground” law.Among those present were the parents of slain black teenager Trayvon Martin and the family of Marissa Alexander, who was sentenced to 20 years for firing a gun near her estranged husband.The crowd rallied on the Capitol steps across from Florida’s Supreme Court.”To have laws that tell people that they can shoot first and then ask questions later is a violation of our civil rights. I believe that law is inherently wrong,” Sharpton said before the march began. “The law in effect says based on your imagination – if you imagine I’m a threat – you have the right to kill me.” Read more.

Marco Rubio joins Mike Lee on Tax Reform, wants Russia out of G8: Appearing on Fox Business Network (FBN) on Monday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., weighed in on tax reform, went after the Democrats and said Russia should be expelled from the G8.FBN’s Rich Edson asked Rubio his thoughts on the tax reform plan from U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich. While Rubio said he was leaning against backing Camp’s plan, he did say he was crafting his own tax reform plan with U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.“I haven’t read in this totality,” Rubio said about Camp’s proposal. “I doubt I would support it as it currently is structured. But I do think it has very – many elements that are very promising, that will be borrowed in future endeavors. I am working on my own tax reform plan with Senator Lee of Utah.”Read more.

Senate Committee Moves Voting Bill Forward: A Senate committee Monday moved forward with a bill that would allow online voter registration in Florida and put new restrictions on drop-off locations for absentee ballots.The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee unanimously approved introducing the measure (SPB 7068), which will still have to return to the panel for another vote. Because of that, Democrats backed away from offering amendments that could still become flashpoints in the debate over the measure. Read more.

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