Florida Five: Big oops – Miss Florida controversy, College to open entrepreneurship center

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

Medical Marijuana: Get Ready for the Rule-making: Amendment 2 passes in November, expect medical marijuana to dominate the business of the Florida Legislature in 2015, and probably long after that, say lawyers, lobbyists and a growing number of marijuana information consultants.
 Already there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of entrepreneurial ideas afloat to cash in on medical marijuana as an industry in Florida.”You look at all the polls, this issue is polling above 80 percent favorable across all social groups,” said Mark Stein, a partner with the Miami law firm Higer Lichter & Givner. “Naturally, that’s going to stimulate the entrepreneurial spirit.” Read more.

Miami Dade College to open entrepreneurship center, names leaders:To prepare its students for success in the entrepreneurial economy, Miami Dade College plans to open a new entrepreneurship center in September and has named its leadership.The Idea Center @ MDC, to be headed by entrepreneur Leandro Finol, will serve as Miami Dade College’s hub for entrepreneurship and will serve its 165,000 students. It will include a venture incubator, called CREATE, with programming and resources to help nurture and accelerate the entrepreneurial ideas and ventures of students. Read more.

Florida Gets Bonus For Food Stamp Program:For the seventh year in a row, Florida is getting a bonus from the federal government for how it runs its food stamp program. The Department of Children and Families announced on Thursday that the federal government has awarded the state $7 million.DCF said that Florida’s error rate of 0.81 percent was the second lowest in the nation. Last year, Florida had the lowest error rate. Read more.

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Former Miss Florida
Elizabeth Fechtel, left, and new Miss Florida Victoria Cowen.

Miscount means new Miss Florida:Winning a pageant title is life-changing, especially during the year of your reign.If it’s a big crown, like a state title, it can be like a full-time gig as you prepare for the national event and make appearances. Elizabeth Fechtel set right to work after getting her tiara on June 21, when she was named Miss Florida. She reportedly had even dropped out of the University of Florida so she could prepare for the Miss America contest in September.But now, she won’t be going to the premier beauty contest.Pageant officials announced Friday there had been a mistake in tabulating what must have been very close final scores.Read more.

David Rivera Could Be Saved by Opposing Common Core: David Rivera hasn’t impressed in his political comeback so far but he is now playing a political card that could get him back in the game by opposing Common Core. Rivera shocked the political world at the start of May when he filed to run against Joe Garcia despite facing an ongoing FBI corruption probe. The Republican establishment, hoping to knock off Garcia who has faced scandals of his own, quickly rallied behind Carlos Curbelo as South Florida congresspersons who served with Rivera — like Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart — fell in line against their former colleague. Read more.

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