Florida Five: Charlie Crist goes Hollywood, Corrine Brown says VA ‘doing fine’

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

‘People’s Governor’ Charlie Crist Relies on Hollywood and Hamptons for Campaign Cash: According to recent polls, Rick Scott has caught up with Charlie Crist, even squeaking out a little lead over his rival — leading the new Democrat to go out of Florida to hunt for money, which means he’s asking celebrities for cash. Scott has built up his campaign coffers and can, of course, open his own wallet for cash. Despite working for John Morgan, Crist can only count on the trial lawyers for so much. The same holds true for the teachers’ unions despite Crist flipping to their side back in 2010 when he vetoed SB 6. Read more

corrine-brownCorrine Brown: No VA Problems in Florida: Rep. Corrine Brown (D., Fla.) declared Wednesday that her state does not have any VA problems, announcing, “I did my reconnaissance in Florida. I can tell you, we’re doing fine in Florida”—despite reports that a Gainesville VA medical center kept a secret paper waiting list, in violation of protocol. The VA Office of Inspector General is investigating the center, and three of the center’s supervisors are on paid leave. “I can truly say I went and talked to various VA groups in Florida and not one single complaint, because we are doing our job,” Brown said. Read more

Medical pot users rarely have cancer or AIDS, Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot says: One of the biggest question marks over Florida’s proposed medical marijuana amendment is over who will use it. According to an opposition group, it’s not who you may think. Don’t Let Florida Go To Pot, a campaign run by a coalition of more than 40 organizations opposing Amendment 2, says on its website that most patients don’t suffer from the life-threatening diseases often associated with medical marijuana use. Read more

John Thrasher makes it official, applies for FSU presidency: We’ve known since March this day would likely come. But today state Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, formally applied to become FSU’s next president. There had been rumors ever since President Eric Barron stepped down that Thrasher wanted the job. Former FSU President Sandy D’Alemberte nominated Thrasher last week and a search advisory committee voted to interview him on June 11 ahead of all other candidates. Read more

It’s been a hot month for claims about climate change: In May, the White House released the National Climate Assessment, which concluded that South Florida is “exceptionally vulnerable” to risks from man-made climate change including rising seas, more extreme heat and dropping water supplies. The report, written by a committee of 60 scientists, named Miami as one of the most vulnerable cities. Coincidentally, two of the GOP presidential contenders live in cities neighboring Miami: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush. Read more

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