Florida Five: Federal court rules against Fla gay marriage ban, Scott to increase per-student spending

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

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Scott rolls out plan to increase per-student spending: Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday announced a plan to raise per-student spending to a record level next year. Scott’s proposal calls for $7,176 for each student in Florida — a $232 increase over the current school year and a $50 increase over the record high from 2007-08. “I am proud to announce that in the upcoming legislative session we will propose an increase in Florida’s per-pupil spending to the highest level in our state’s history,” Scott said in a statement. Read more

Judge rules Florida’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional: A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining judges across the country who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled that the ban added to Florida’s constitution by voters in 2008 violates the 14th Amendment’s guarantees of equal protection and due process… Read more

Dishonest Wasserman Schultz launches boycott against her local Hobby Lobby: This is Democrats’ idea of job creation. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz paid a visit to one of the most employee-friendly stores in her district on Wednesday – to urge customers not to shop there! “I want people to know that this Hobby Lobby is here and they should vote with their purses and their pocketbooks, and women should not shop here,” Wasserman Schultz told the Sun-Sentinel… Read more

Dem protesters prepare for Paul Ryan’s Fla visit: Republican Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan on Friday kicks off a three-day, nine-city Florida tour to hawk his new book, “The Way Forward,” and, perhaps, to take his to make what could amount to his first Florida campaign swing of a 2016 presidential campaign. Democratic critics are ready. The liberal advocacy group Americans United for Change intends to shadow Ryan at each of his stops… Read more

Cotton Candy, Scooby Snacks? Fla Attorney General Pam Bondi warns parents about dangerous drugs: Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi stopped by the BizPac Review offices Thursday for an exclusive interview and ended up pulling empty Cotton Candy and Scooby Doo Snack wrappers out of her purse. She carries them around with her to show unsuspecting parents how innocent and fun the colorful packaging looks. Read more

BONUS: BPR Buzzworthy with Paul Ryan: Does ‘The Way Forward’ include a 2016 run?

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