Florida Five: Rubio’s message for Obama, Church to fight eminent domain, Bogdanoff is in

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

Could a Congressman like Eric Cantor fall in Florida’s primaries?:David Brat might have knocked off Eric Cantor this week in one of the biggest congressional upsets in years but it will be hard for a repeat performance when Florida voters hit the polls for the primaries in August. Florida has certainly seen candidates come out of nowhere to defeat congressmen in the primaries before. In fact it happened in 2012 when Ted Yoho defeated Cliff Stearns. But it will be hard for a repeat performance this time out. Read more.

ellyn MariaBogdanoff is in — rematch against Sachs and Sen prez fight awaits: Former state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff announced Wednesday she’s ready for a re-match against Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Boca Raton, in the Democrat-leaning district that straddles Broward and Palm Beach counties. In a note to her followers, Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, said she expects the match-up will be hard work but wants “the opportunity to serve our community.” Read more.

Marco Rubio’s Message for Obama: Don’t ‘pretend’ Taliban done fighting us: President Obama’s decision to exchange five terrorists for a soldier who left his base in Afghanistan endangers national security by “pretending” the Taliban isn’t targeting America, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said in an interview with The Daily Signal. Rubio, speaking to a reporter between meetings on Capitol Hill, warned: “The message has been sent that if you get your hands on an American in uniform, or an American, you’re going to be able to trade them for as many as five Taliban commanders.” Read more.

Cost of prepaid college tuition will fall by thousands in Florida: Some existing plan owners will get refunds, too. Overshadowed when Gov. Rick Scott signed into law this week a measure that allows some illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition was a provision that could lower the cost of prepaid college tuition by up to $20,000. An analysis of the bill by legislative staff, citing numbers from the Prepaid College Board, said the cost of the plans would drop “by at least $10,000.” It also said about 26,000 families will get refunds totaling $50 million. The board says no one who already has a prepaid account will pay more for their plans than they would have if they signed up under the new law. Read more.

Church to fight Orlando’s eminent domain lawsuit: Faith Deliverance Temple has decided to fight an eminent domain lawsuit against the city, which wants to use the land to build the new major league soccer stadium. The church the city of Orlando is trying to seize to build the new soccer stadium is fighting the eminent domain lawsuit against it. Faith Deliverance Temple said it has been in the Parramore area since the 1970s, with the current church building situated on West Church Street since 1996. They said they built their community from the ground up and don’t want to move.
The church’s attorneys said they made efforts to negotiate with the city, but decided to fight the eminent domain process instead. Read more.

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