Florida Five: Common Core ties a problem for Jeb Bush, GOP picks new leader

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

Credit: Huffington Post
Credit: Huffington Post

Common Core ties draw Jeb Bush critics: Jeb Bush’s foundation has collected millions from organizations that support Common Core, the K-12 standards that conservatives oppose. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is urging state officials… Jeb Bush is one of the country’s most visible advocates of Common Core, forcefully defending the K-12 standards even as it puts him at odds with a conservative base he would need to mount a viable campaign for president. But his problem is deeper than policy.  Read more.

Grass roots activist picked to lead Florida GOP: Leslie Dougher, 50, a real estate agent from Middleburg and chairwoman of the Clay County GOP in suburban Jacksonville, will be the third woman to lead the Republican Party of Florida. She succeeds Lenny Curry, who resigned after 2 1/2 years to run for mayor of Jacksonville. Dougher said Republicans cannot allow Scott to suffer the same fate in Florida that befell Mitt Romney, their 2012 presidential nominee. Read more.

Jimmy Fallon on ObamacareCentral Florida film/TV industry in flux as incentive pool dries up: Jimmy Fallon will bring “The Tonight Show” here later this month. “The Middle,” an ABC sitcom, filmed its season finale at Walt Disney World. Rob Schneider shot the sitcom “Real Rob” at Full Sail University in Winter Park. The George Clooney movie “Tomorrowland” filmed throughout Central Florida in November. Read more.

Shinseki mess makes winners — and one big loser — in the Florida delegation: The Florida congressional delegation might have more than its share of backbenchers and small fish but political leaders from the state played a big role in the scandals surrounding VA which brought Eric Shinseki down on Friday. Read more.

Water plan moves closer despite Florida lawsuit: A group representing a wide range of interests in the dispute among Florida, Georgia and Alabama over a shared river system said the quest for a solution has been slowed by Florida’s latest lawsuit in the so-called “water wars.” The group, known as the ACF Stakeholders, nonetheless hopes to release a sustainable water-management plan for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system in September. But the group hasn’t made its data public since last fall, when Florida asked the U.S. Supreme Court to slow Georgia’s consumption of fresh water from the river system.  Read more.

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