Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:
Florida deserves better than Charlie Crist: Florida is at a critical point in its history. The state has earned a reputation as an attractive place to live, a place where the fruit of your hard work won’t be swiped away by government’s hunger for your money. That repute has been achieved by fiscally responsible officials who have run state government over the past few years. But that good name may soon be smudged, because Charlie Crist is back. Crist is a master ventriloquist, speaking from both sides of his mouth, depending on.. Read more
Count on Bill Clinton to give Charlie Crist a helping hand: Now that he has the party’s nomination sewn up to take on Rick Scott, Charlie Crist can expect the help of leading Democrats including Bill Clinton. The former president is headed down to Miami on Friday to help Crist. This hasn’t been Clinton’s first appearance in the race. Back in May, Clinton hit South Florida to help the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) raise money. But if Crist can count on Clinton to help him out against Scott, Floridians should not expect to see another two-term Democratic president. Read more
Lee County School Board reverses decision to opt out of tests: The Lee County School Board on Tuesday rescinded a controversial decision to opt out of all state-mandated testing. The board reversed course after Lee County schools Superintendent Nancy Graham said the district could lose as much as $280 million in state funding. The Florida School Boards Association had also warned that thousands of high school students might be unable to graduate. It was School Board member Mary Fischer who had a change of heart. Fischer, who had sided with the 3-2 majority last week, called for the vote… Read more
John Morgan’s uncharming pitch for medical marijuana: John Morgan, the trial lawyer leading and funding the campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Florida, should hope that the folks on the other side don’t turn the following clip of Morgan into a TV ad. Morgan, appearing to have a cocktail in hand and sounding like it too, led a rally in the Lakeland area Friday. The video does not help Morgan’s case. “If you mother ——s don’t get out and vote, —- it all, we can’t win,” he tells the rowdy crowd of young supporters. “We believe this video, in all of its offensive glory, shows John Morgan’s real reasons behind his campaign to legalize marijuana… Read more
Florida politicians mourn loss of Steven Sotloff, demand action against ISIS: Florida reaction to the news that ISIS has followed through with threat to kill journalist Steven J. Sotloff, who studied at University of Central Florida: Gov. Rick Scott canceled a campaign stop in Naples and asked for a moment of silence, according to the AP’s Gary Fineout. The governor then released a statement: “On behalf of Ann and myself, and on behalf of all the people of Florida, we want to convey our sorrow and our condolences to the entire Sotloff family. We cannot begin to understand their grief. Read more
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