Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:
Herald poll: Cuba, Cuban voters weigh Crist down in Miami-Dade : Charlie Crist‘s stance against Cuba travel ban, embargo is not a winning campaign in Miami-Dade. Charlie Crist has a Cuba problem and a Cuban voter problem, a new Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald poll of Miami-Dade’s electorate shows.Crist’s headline-grabbing announcement last month that he wants to travel to Cuba has hurt his standing more than it helped in Florida’s most-populous county, with only 5 percent of voters saying they’d be more likely to support him over the issue, while 24 percent say the opposite, according to the survey conducted by Bendixen & Amandi International. Read more.
Patrick Murphy follows Bill Nelson’s playbook, not the usual Florida Democrat game plan: While he never reached the heights of either Lawton Chiles or Bob Graham, Bill Nelson has proven to be the only Florida Democrat to win statewide elections on a consistent basis — and a rising congressman is taking notes. Nelson has carved out a niche as a moderate Democrat, even if he rarely breaks with the Obama administration. This reputation has helped Nelson over the years and he traditionally wins areas of the state that Republicans rely on. Take 2012, when Republicans expected Connie Mack to offer Nelson a tight battle. It simply didn’t happen as Nelson won over the usual Republican bastions, including beating Mack in the likes of Duval and Polk counties. Read more.
Dem donor: Wasserman Schultz is ‘an irritant,’ ‘despised’ in Washington: Major Democratic donor John Morgan called Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D., Fla. an irritant after she raised concerns over the medical marijuana amendment he lobbied for,according to the Miami Herald. Wasserman Schultz released a statement Friday morning saying she was concerned that the amendment to Florida’s constitution was “written too broadly and stops short of ensuring strong regulatory oversight from state officials.”Morgan, who worked on getting the amendment onto the November ballot, gave a fiery response to the statement. Read more.
Federal climate regulations could put Florida businesses in a bind: Federal energy regulations are putting the squeeze on manufacturers, an economic sector hit hard by globalization.In Florida, 18,000 manufacturing businesses employ 311,000 workers to make products ranging from motor vehicles to plastics to tortillas, according to Enterprise Florida Inc., the state’s chief economic development agency.But that could soon change for the worse, said Jay Timmons, CEO of the National Manufacturers Association.On the heels of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new 645-page proposed rule aimed at reducing emissions from coal-fired power plants, Timmons is sounding an economic alarm. Read more.
Will Miami-Dade voters bend to Beckham’s request for public land?: England’s celebrity jock David Beckham wants valuable public property along waterfront Miami to build his dream — a Major League Soccer stadium. But the Urban Environment League says the land is worth hundreds of millions of dollars and shouldn’t be given away. “Ten acres in that location (are) worth somewhere between $300 (million) to $400 million,” said Greg Bush, president of the Urban Environment League, an advocacy group that supports environmentally responsible development in Miami-Dade County. The land is the city-owned deep-water basin, known as the Florida East Coast Railway slip, along Biscayne Boulevard, adjacent to the newly opened Museum Park in Miami. Read more.
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