Florida Five: Libertarian candidate Wyllie hurts Crist more than Scott, State Troopers group backs Bogdanoff

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

Marco Rubio, national conservatives step up for Carlos Curbelo against Joe GarciaThe stakes are being raised in South Florida as a potential Republican presidential candidate and conservative groups are backing Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo’s bid to defeat freshman U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., in what is expected to be one of the most competitive congressional races in the nation come November. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who is looking at running for the presidency in 2016, announced on Tuesday that he is backing Curbelo over Garcia. Read more

Florida Association of State Troopers endorses Ellyn Bogdanoff for state Senate: Ellyn Bogdanoff‘s campaign announced Tuesday that the Florida Association of State Troopers has endorsed her bid to reclaim her state Senate seat. The backing from Florida’s oldest “trooper advocacy” organization follows endorsements from the Florida State Fraternal Order of Police, Professional Firefighters and Paramedics of Palm Beach County, and the Broward County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics. Read more

Libertarian Adrian Wyllie is bad news for Crist: Adrian Wyllie has shown he will be a factor in the Florida gubernatorial race, but despite his positions on fiscal issues, Wyllie is hurting Charlie Crist slightly more than he is Rick Scott. A sharp and passionate advocate of his beliefs, Wyllie has been a breath of fresh air for Libertarians, building on the momentum they have gained in recent campaigns like Alex Snitker’s Senate bid in 2010, Gary Johnson’s presidential campaign in 2012 and Lucas Overby’s and Rey Netherwood’s efforts in special congressional elections earlier this year. Read more

Redistricting plaintiffs officially ask for Supreme Court review: A coalition of plaintiffs has formally asked that the Florida Supreme Court to take up a long running redistricting case. Leon Circuit Judge Terry Lewis initially ruled congressional maps drawn as part of the 2012 redistricting process were unconstitutional. In August, he approved new maps drawn by lawmakers during a special session called after Lewis’ initial ruling. The coalition was also asking that Lewis call special elections so the two unconstitutional seats could be redrawn before the 2014 midterms, a request he did not grant. Read more

Seven former state Supreme Court justices say they oppose medical marijuana amendment: An anti-drug group fighting Amendment 2 has elicited the backing of seven former state Supreme Court justices to oppose the effort to legalize medical marijuana, but the spokesman for a pro-amendment group countered “what’s relevant is the majority opinion” of the current court. A divided Florida Supreme Court ruled in January that ballot language for a proposed constitutional amendment meets all legal requirement. Read more

Bonus: Non-partisan BIZPAC announces 2014 business-friendly candidate endorsements

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