Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:
Environmental officials praise Rick Scott’s environmental plan: The environment has been a hot topic from both candidates during the 2014 gubernatorial race — and officials from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection have weighed in to support Gov. Rick Scott for his “Let’s Keep Florida Beautiful” environmental plan. In recent weeks, Scott has honed in on his plan to push environmental protection across the state and has pledged to increase the state’s spending on the environment if he is re-elected this year. Read more
Florida police department to begin using body-mounted cameras: Sarasota police officers will begin wearing body-mounted cameras later this year in an effort to increase police transparency. That’s a topic of heightened national interest in the wake of the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. But rather than resist the accountability measure, the Sarasota Police Department is the initiative’s chief proponent. Read more
Scott: Citizens Property Insurance needs to watch costs: Gov. Rick Scott isn’t convinced that Citizens Property Insurance Corp. should have rebuffed his request for an international travel ban, even if the overseas trips were part of a $3.2 billion deal that saved the state-backed insurer $233 million. At the request of Scott, Citizens President and CEO Barry Gilway appeared before the state Cabinet on Tuesday to explain $48,006 spent on trips that involved Gilway, Citizens Chairman Chris Gardner and three others during the first four months of the year. Read more
Gun groups take sides in GOP primaries: With a week until the primary, two gun-rights groups are duking it out in a handful of Republican races across the state. The National Association for Gun Rights has hit state Sens. Joe Negron of Stuart and Thad Altman of Melbourne, and state Rep. Dane Eagle of Cape Coral, with mailers questioning their support of gun rights. The three incumbents are each endorsed by the National Rifle Association’s Florida chapter, which sent letters supporting them timed to coincide with… Read more
Dreamers protest Rubio’s call to end deferred action: Dreamers showed up to Sen. Marco Rubio’s office in Doral this morning to protest his calls to end deferred action, the Obama program that has given legal status to hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth. “Deport me, no way,” they chanted. “Undocumented and here to stay.” The group carried signs, including a huge cutout of a flipflop. Read more
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