Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:
NY governor picks a fight with Florida; CFO defends Sunshine State against false ad campaign: Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater sent a letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Friday, asking the governor to clarify “glaring errors and misstatements” made in New York’s latest marketing campaign.Neil Cavuto asked Atwater on Monday’s “Your World” about New York’s claim that it is a better draw than Florida.“What do you make of this?” Cavuto asked. “People have been coming here for hundreds of years trying to sell us snake oil as a cure for yellow fever,” Atwater said. “So we’ve seen this before.” Read more.
Nancy Pelosi shouldn’t look to Florida to flip the House: Nancy Pelosi made it clear when she talked to the media last week that whatever slim chances there are of Democrats flipping the House rest on redistricting in Florida and, even there, the window is closing. Despite all pundits belittling her chances to win back the gavel, Pelosi claimed there was a path to win control of the House in November and it rests on Florida where two congressional districts — those held by Democrat Corrine Brown and Republican Dan Webster — were ruled unconstitutional. But time is running short. Absentee ballots go out on Tuesday for August’s primaries. Redistricting looks like it will have more of an impact in Florida come 2016. Read more.
Republican Rep. David Jolly (Fla.) announces support for gay marriage: Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) announced his support for gay marriage Monday, saying that he believes it is “fully appropriate” for a state to recognize both same-sex marriages and “traditional” ones, even though he, as a Christian, believes in the the latter.When asked by The Washington Post whether he supports gay marriage, in light of a Florida judge’s decision last week to overturn the state’s ban, Jolly said that his personal views on marriage are that it should be limited to one man and one woman. But, he added, states should not be defining the “sanctity” of marriage.“As a matter of my Christian faith, I believe in traditional marriage,” said Jolly in a statement to The Post. “But as a matter of Constitutional principle I believe in a form of limited government that protects personal liberty. Read more.
Rick Scott and Charlie Crist turn toward economic issues: Gov. Rick Scott looked to showcase his economic accomplishments on Monday as former Gov. Charlie Crist, the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination, continues to fire away. Scott plans to focus the next two weeks on his political bread-and-butter: job creation. On Monday, Scott kicked off his “Jobs for the Next Generation” tour in Pompano Beach and Boca Raton. Scott called for the permanent elimination of the manufacturing sales tax and offering a plan for STEM teachers to work with businesses in summer residences as he looks to tie education to the changing economy. Read more.
Florida’s biggest health insurer signals rate hikes ahead: Florida Blue, the state’s dominant health insurer, snagged more than one in three consumers on the health law’s exchange this year, but many could face rate hikes as the carrier struggles with an influx of older and sicker enrollees, said the company’s top executive. Several factors could drive up rates next year — including a paucity of younger and healthy enrollees and a greater-than-expected surge in people seeking expensive health services, CEO Patrick Geraghty said in an interview. Read more.
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