Florida Five: Charlie Crist’s revolving-door staff, South Fla. to Orlando rail plan draws critics

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

Charlie Crist’s Revolving-Door Staff Underlines GOP’s Attacks: As Eric Conrad exits Charlie Crist’s campaign stage left, questions have to be asked about what’s in the belly of the beast. Conrad is a committed liberal Democrat. He worked for Enroll Florida, spreading the message of Obamacare. Conrad was a staffer for the Florida Democratic Party and an old Barack Obama hand. His commitment to the Democratic Party and left-of-center politics can’t be questioned. But after only a week, Conrad is now gone from Crist’s campaign team. Read more

Senate panel won’t hear in-state tuition bill, weakening its chances: The Senate Appropriations Committee will not hear a proposal seeking to extend in-state college tuition rates to undocumented students, Sen. Joe Negron announced Thursday. “After careful consideration, I have decided not to place Senate Bill 1400 on the Appropriations Committee agenda for our meeting on April 22, 2014,” Negron said in a statement. The announcement, which came hours after Senate President Don Gaetz expressed his opposition to the measure, significantly weakens the bill’s chances of becoming law. Read more

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South Fla. to Orlando rail plan draws critics along route: Plans to link South Florida to Orlando with speedy passenger-train service brought an initial burst of excitement from promoters in both regions. Boosters say it will bolster the economy, create construction jobs and give residents an alternative to clogged highways. They hope it will entice foreign tourists in Orlando to take a train trip to explore the beaches of South Florida. But complaints from some residents along the route prompted local planners and two Florida members of Congress to… Read more

Anti-bullying bill supported by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross likely to fail: The Florida Legislature has once again proven unkind to Stephen Ross – or at least uncooperative. A year after his stadium renovation plan died in Tallahassee, Ross’ anti-bullying bill appears to have suffered the same fate. “I think we’re going to have to work on this next year,” said Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, the bill’s co-sponsor. “You never say anything’s dead until the last day, but it’s going to take a lot.” Read More

Parent dress code: Fla. school officials want to tell adults what to wear: One Broward County School Board Member has taken her official position to the stratosphere, suggesting an appropriate dress code for parents picking up or dropping off their kids at school. Board member Rosalind Osgood ”said it’s unlikely the district could write or enforce a parent dress code,” according to the Sun Sentinel, “but she and board member Robin Bartleman agreed principals could address the issue during Parent Night.” Read more

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