Florida Five: Bill Young’s widow announces run against David Jolly, Hot Senate rematch on horizon?

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

Beverly Young: I’m running against David Jolly in ’16: Democrats failed to find a candidate to challenge Republican David Jolly for the congressional seat long held by the late C.W. Bill Young, but they may have one lined up for 2016: Beverly Young, the congressman’s widow who campaigned for Jolly earlier this year.“I am absolutely going to run against David in 2016. I’d do it now if I could. If I’d known that the Democrats wouldn’t put anyone up on that ballot, I’d have been there myself this time. I thought they had a candidate. I wouldn’t have been ready. But I would have run anyway,” Mrs. Young said Tuesday night in an interview. She is angry about the way Jolly fired her late husband’s congressional staffers and feels he has turned one of her sons, Patrick, against her. Read more.

Ellyn Bogdanoff casualRematch with Maria Sachs for Ellyn Bogdanoff?: Ellyn Bogdanoff is thinking of returning to Tallahassee and, if she runs, her rematch with Maria Sachs becomes one of the most competitivesachs-ug-face-213x231px legislative races in Florida. In the aftermath of redistricting, Sachs edged Bogdanoff in 2012 in a rare match-up between two sitting members of the state Senate. Sachs rode Barack Obama’s and Bill Nelson’s coattails to win by less than 6 percent. Bogdanoff has to think, with Obama not on the ballot, Democrats won’t be marching out to the polls in November like they did in 2012. Read more.

High court allows records in redistricting case but closes courtroom: The Florida Supreme Court decided late Tuesday to allow records and testimony from some top Republican operatives to be used in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of congressional maps the Legislature drew in 2012.But the court also ordered that the trial would be closed to the public and media when the records are utilized.The court ruled that records and emails of Pat Bainter and Gainseville-based Data Targeting – which was paid $6.2 million over the last three years by the Republican Party of Florida – are relevant to the trial. But “any disclosure or use of the documents must take place under seal in a courtroom closed to the public,” its 5-2 decision said. Read more.

AIF announces 2014 voting records report; a plus for Fla. businesses: The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) today released the following announcement and the “2014 Voting Records” report, which allows employers to gauge how Florida legislators are casting votes on bills that affect their businesses:For the last 39 years, AIF has published its Voting Records – the definitive legislative scorecard for the business community, calculating more than 197,120 votes on 1,779 bills with 778 legislators. Read more. 

Court opens the door to a new jai alai/poker room — maybe casino — in Miami Dade: Florida City could be home to Miami Dade’s next poker room and, with time, slot machines, under a loophole in the law affirmed Tuesday by a state appeals court.The decision by the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee overruled state regulators and said that Magic City’s parent company, West Flagler Associates, is eligible to obtain a summer jai alai permit that could also open the door to expanded gambling. Read more.

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