Florida Five: Crist misses with economic plan, Legislators to make quick work of flawed map

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

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After Underwhelming Economic Plan, Charlie Needs Something to Wow Independents With: Charlie Crist tried to play political jujitsu this week, using Rick Scott’s strength on the economy and turning it against him, but the gamble didn’t pay off for the former governor. The economy is in Scott’s wheelhouse. Back in 2010, Scott beat Bill McCollum and Alex Sink by stressing job creation and his plan to help revive Florida’s economy. Probably the best weapon Scott has in his arsenal involves the unemployment rate. It went up noticeably under Crist; it went back down under Scott. Read more

Legislators hope to make quick work of session to fix flawed map: Florida legislators will convene a rare summer special session Thursday with the goal of making quick work of a court-ordered fix to the congressional redistricting map. Legislators will convene at noon, meet briefly and then adjourn to let the House and Senate redistricting committees hold a joint meeting to hear legislative lawyers explain their options for fixing a the congressional boundaries ruled unconstitutional by Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis last month. Lewis gave lawmakers an Aug. 15 deadline… Read more

Allies Rick Scott and Rick Perry Get Different Results in Florida Poll: Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., and Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, have been longtime allies, expressing their admiration for each other and engaging in mock competition between their states over job creation. But a poll released this week shows the two Republican governors are facing different races in the Sunshine State as they look ahead to 2014 and 2016. Scott bounced back against former Gov. Charlie Crist, his leading Democratic challenger, in a Survey USA/WFLA poll released on Tuesday. Read more

Supporters of medical marijuana amendment “disappointed” by Florida Medical Association’s opposition: Sponsors of a ballot amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Florida say the recent opposition of the amendment by a state medical lobbying group is misguided. The Florida Medical Association came out Monday against Amendment 2, saying the measure doesn’t properly protect patients. In criticizing the amendment, the organization urged its membership to refuse to prescribe medical marijuana if the amendment passes until products are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Read more

Florida county transit authority used terrorism funds on promotional ads: A St. Petersburg-area public transit authority has returned $354,000 in federal grant money to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The money was supposed to be used to protect transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from “acts of terrorism.” Instead, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority paid for television and radio promotions that lauded the benefits of using the local public transit system. Read more

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