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Florida Five: Governor Scott hits Common Core, Rubio calls for opening federal retirement

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


Governor Scott hits Common Core with education bills: Gov. Rick Scott’s office announced Monday he had signed a trio of bills aimed at allaying fears about the state’s version of the Common Core education standards — even though Scott apparently didn’t have one of the bills when the signing was announced. Scott also signed another education bill dealing with school grades. According to Scott’s office, the three Common Core-related measures he signed Monday included: Read more.

After trooper death, Scott says he will veto higher speed-limit bill: Citing the death of a highway patrol trooper this month, Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday he would veto a bill the Florida Legislature passed which would raise the speed-limit on some stretches on interstate. Scott attended the funeral last week of Trooper Chelsea Richard, who was killed on duty May 3 along with a tow truck driver when a pickup truck veered onto the shoulder on Interstate-75 near Ocala. Richard, the driver and another man were on the east shoulder after a seven-vehicle wreck when the pickup struck them. At her funeral, her fellow officers asked Scott to veto the bill. Read more.

Marco Rubio calls for opening federal retirement plan to all Americans: Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington on Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., offered a plan opening the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), a retirement program that federal employees and members of Congress have access to, to all Americans. Rubio, who is a potential Republican presidential contender in 2016, also called for more private-sector options for Americans looking to save for their retirements. Read more.

Fla. Gov. OKs bill to prohibit use of foreign law: Florida is becoming the eighth state to outlaw the use of foreign law in the state’s courts under a bill signed by Gov. Rick Scott. Scott signed the measure (SB 386) on Monday. Read more.

Marco Rubio on ABC

Marco Rubio vs. Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Florida gubernatorial issues: Republicans looking to keep Gov. Rick Scott in office in Florida and Democrats looking to throw him out of office turned to high-ranking political leaders from the Sunshine State on Tuesday as the attacks continue to fly in one of the nation’s premier races. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., took aim at an old foe on Tuesday: former Gov. Charlie Crist. Read more.

Bonus: So gross! See what C-SPAN camera caught Florida Democrat doing

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Michele Kirk


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