Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:
South Florida ophthalmologist emerges as Medicare’s top-paid physician: A South Florida doctor under criminal investigation for alleged excessive billing of Medicare emerged as the federal health program’s top-paid physician in the nation Wednesday, according to the most detailed data on physician payments ever released in Medicare’s nearly 50-year history. Salomon Melgen, a West Palm Beach ophthalmologist, was paid $21 million by Medicare in 2012 — more than any other physician who billed the taxpayer-funded program that year, according to new government data. Read more
House Medical Marijuana Bill Still on Track: The light-strain medical marijuana bill, said to be under fire behind the scenes, is for the moment anyway, alive and well and moving ahead as planned in the House. House Speaker Will Weatherford told Sunshine State News on Wednesday, “The supporters of Charlotte’s Web make a compelling case for their legislation. I expect the bill to receive a fair hearing in the House at the appropriate time.” Read more
Fla Insider Poll: Jeb Bush likely running in ’16, not Marco Rubio: Jeb Bush says he hasn’t made up his mind about running for president in 2016, but the overwhelming verdict from more than 120 of Florida’s most plugged in politicos is that Bush ultimately will take the plunge. Seventy four percent of the participants in our latest Tampa Bay Times Political Insider poll predict Bush will run in 2016, while only 32 percent expect that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will run for president in 2016. Read more
Florida creates 14,580 jobs in March, third in nation: Florida created 14,580 private sector jobs during March, a significant boost from February and more jobs than any other state except Texas and California, according to a Wednesday report from payroll processor ADP. There were 35 percent more new jobs created last month than February’s 10,580 added positions. But the job creation pace was still off from December, when Florida added 25,230 jobs, its best pace so far in 2013-14.Texas had the biggest gains nationally, at 28,650 new positions, followed by California, at 25,500, ADP reported. Read More
Florida Faith and Freedom holds 2nd annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast: Florida Faith and Freedom Coalition and Florida Right to Life held its 2nd annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast Thursday in Tallahassee. Coinciding with Right to Life Day, the event featured Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Speaker of the House Will Weatherford, among others. The following statement was released by Florida Faith and Freedom: Read more
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