Florida Five: Gov. Rick Scott agrees to 3 debates, Back to school sales tax holiday info

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

Gov. Rick Scott agrees to 3 debates, but not Times’: Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign announced today that he agreed to appear in three debates against the Democratic nominee, either former Gov.Charlie Crist or Nan Rich. The debates are all within four weeks of the Nov. 4 general election…The governor declined to participate in a planned Oct. 7 debate sponsored by the “Tampa Bay Times,” WTSP-10 News and the University of South Florida, which would have been the first of the season. Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said three is enough. “Three statewide debates will give voters ample opportunity to hear from Gov. Scott and his challenger,’ she wrote in an email. Read more

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Florida’s back to school sales tax holiday is Aug. 1-3, 2014: Florida’s annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday can save you plenty of money. The sale starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and ends at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. During the sales tax holiday, no Florida sales tax or local option tax will be collected on sales of clothing footwear, and certain accessories selling for $100 or less per item, on certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item, and on the first $750 of the sales price for computers and certain computer-related accessories… Read more

Charlie Crist unveils Day 1 plan, Rick Scott asks ‘where are the jobs?’: Democratic Charlie Crist today announced his “First Day of Fairness” plan in his hometown of St. Petersburg today, outlining what he’d do Day One as governor… Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign chairman, state Sen. John Thrasher, promptly blasted the plan for not creating jobs: “Charlie Crist thinks he can win this election by doing his best Barack Obama impersonation – all talk and no action. And it’s telling that his new proposal includes no plans for job creation or education.” Read more

Medical marijuana won’t be attacked but Amendment 2 will be fair game: Opponents of Amendment 2 have their work cut out for them — any doubts about medical marijuana’s popularity in Florida were obliterated by a Quinnipiac poll which had 88 percent of voters supporting it and only 10 percent opposing it. Voters of all types — old, young, Republicans, Democrats, independents — are in favor of it. But just because they support medical marijuana, it doesn’t mean they are going to vote for Amendment 2, something Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot was quick to point out after the Q-poll came out. Read more

South Florida reps meet with wife of prominent Cuban dissident who describes beatings, arrests: Five members of the U.S. House of Representatives, — including four from Florida – met with the wife of Cuban dissident Jorge Luis García Pérez, who described the ongoing, systemic repression she and her husband have suffered. Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera is a human rights activist who has suffered threats, beatings and harassment at the hands of Cuban authorities because of her efforts, according to Rep. Joe Garcia… Read more

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