Florida Five: Maps are starting to emerge, Anti-Common Core activists fired up

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

Maps are starting to emerge as proposed fixes to Florida’s flawed maps: The Florida House has proposed a map with minor fixes aimed at repairing the broken congressional redistricting map. Senate Reapportionment Chairman Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, has submitted his own proposal to repair the map. State Sen. Darren Soto, an Orlando Democrat, and his aide have drawn map also aimed at fixing the flaws. And the group of left-leaning voting groups who filed the lawsuit and successfully persuaded a judge to throw out two of the state’s 27 districts offer a detailed new map. Read more

glennbeck-wewillnotconformAction plan lights fire under anti-Common Core activists: A little over two weeks ago, some of the nation’s top anti-Common Core activists gathered together for a live rally to protest the national education standards that have been making waves across the country. This week, event leader Glenn Beck came out with an updated 37-page “action plan,” which elaborates in high detail on how the average Joe can fight back against Common Core. The plan is a result of We Will Not Conform, a live event which was held in several hundred movie theaters across the country July 22. Read more

Democrats, liberals reap massive cash advantage from top political spenders: With less than 100 days until the November midterm elections, updated federal campaign finance records show Democrats and liberals are way ahead of their Republican counterparts in receiving donations from large organizations. That’s thanks in part to Citizens United, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that many on the political left say undermines democracy. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, 16 of the top 20 contributors thus far in the 2013-14 election cycle gave almost exclusively to Democratic candidates and to liberal groups that support them. Read more

Miami-Dade schools plan steroid testing program: A day after Biogenesis founder Antonio Bosch admitted to providing steroids to — among others — high school athletes, the Miami-Dade School Board announced its commitment to start a testing program. The steroid testing will be a pilot program and will get under way during the coming school year, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said Wednesday. Carvalho said the school district will allocate about $73,000 for the program the first year, to be implemented by a vendor as yet to be selected. Read more

Paul Ryan’s book tour includes 9 Florida stops: Rep. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s 2012 running mate and a potential 2016 candidate, will make nine stops in Florida as part of the promo tour for his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea. On Aug. 22, Ryan will begin in Pensacola then hit Destin and Panama City. On Aug. 23 he will be in Tallahassee, Gainesivlle, the Villages and Orlando. On Aug. 24, Ryan visits Tampa and Sarasota. The full tour details were first provided to Politco. Read more

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