Florida Five: Charlie Crist Cuba trip flip-flop, New specialty license tags

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

3 fight to fill open congressional seat in Florida: Voters in a heavily Republican southwest Florida district are selecting a replacement for U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, who resigned in January after pleading guilty to cocaine possession. Republican Curt Clawson, a former CEO of an aluminum wheel company, is a heavy favorite to defeat Democrat April Freeman and Libertarian Ray Netherwood in Tuesday’s vote. Read more.

Carlos Lopez-Cantera criticizes Charlie Crist for Cuba trip flip-flop: On Monday, Charlie Crist announced he’d changed his mind on his planned trip to Cuba this summer, and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera wasted no time going on the attack over the former governor’s flip-flop. “It’s disgraceful that Charlie Crist’s vision for Florida’s economy is to propose business ventures with a failed terrorist state that’s been holding an American hostage for the last five years,” said Lopez-Cantera. Read more.

Florida soon will sell four new specialty license tags: Starting July 1, pre-sales will start on the four plates — Fallen Law Enforcement Officers, the Florida Sheriffs Association, the Keiser University and the Moffitt Cancer Center — signed into law this year by Gov. Rick Scott. Each plate raises money for the sponsoring organization. The fallen hero tag, which will feature the motto “A Hero Remembered Never Dies” across the bottom, will assist the Police and Kids Foundation, Inc. Read more.

RPOF demands TV stations take down ‘misleading’ ads: The Republican Party of Florida sent a letter to all TV station managers in the state on Monday regarding a Florida Democratic Party TV ad that contains “intentionally false and misleading statements” about Gov. Rick Scott.”As you know, your station’s obligation to serve the public interest requires you to decline to air false and misleading advertising, and unlike an advertisement aired by a candidate, your station can be held liable for distributing defamatory messages,” reads the letter. “With this letter, your station is on notice that the FDP advertisement includes false and misleading accusations that are defamatory. Your station must cease and desist from airing this advertisement.” Read more.

Rick Scott ahead of Charlie Crist in Florida Chamber Poll: A new poll from the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Political Institute finds Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., ahead of former Gov. Charlie Crist, his leading Democratic opponent.The poll shows Scott ahead with 41 percent, Crist right behind him with 38 percent and Libertarian Adrian Wyllie taking 4 percent. The poll finds 43 percent of those surveyed think Florida is heading in the right direction and 41 percent think the Sunshine State is going the wrong way and that’s helping Scott. A majority — 52 percent — of those surveyed approve of Scott while 42 percent disapprove of him. While 43 percent see Scott as unfavorable, 45 percent see him as favorable. Read more.

BONUS: Ellyn Bogdanoff Gets the Support of the FMA

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