Florida Five: Judge asked to recuse herself for being Catholic, State panel backs gun silencers

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

Associated Industries of Florida poll: Scott maintains lead over Crist: Most recent numbers have shown Gov. Rick Scott opening up a lead over Democrat Charlie Crist, a trend continued in a poll conducted by Associated Industries of Florida. The group’s most recent survey has Scott topping Crist by a 47-41 margin when those two are the only candidates included. That lead shrinks to a 44-41 margin, within the poll’s 3.1 percent margin of error, when Libertarian Adrian Wyllie, candidates with no party affiliation, and undecided voters are included. Read more

Florida anti-school choice group wants Catholic judge to recuse herself: A group called Fund Education Now wants a state circuit court judge to recuse herself from an education dispute because she’s Catholic. Citing her own independent research, Kathleen Oropeza, the group’s president, filed a motion in an ongoing lawsuit in which she explains that Judge Angela C. Dempsey is unable to be impartial because of her association with Catholic “interests” and “her relationship with Catholic doctrine.” Read more

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Photo Credit Flagler Live – Samuel Johnson

State panel backs gun silencers for hunting: Hunting game in Florida could become a little less noisy by the end of the year. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday advanced a proposal that would remove a ban on silencers for rifles and pistols when hunting deer, gray squirrels, rabbits, wild turkeys, quail and crows. The plan will now be advertised in the Florida Administrative Register, and the commission is expected to vote on it in November. Read more

In trouble with the boss: Almost anyone close to a candidate can cause problems for the campaign with an unguarded comment — staffers, family members, friends. Even a boss. So when John Morgan, Orlando lawyer, backer of a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana and staunch supporter of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, went on something of a rant at a recent event, it was almost inevitable that someone opposed to Crist would use the YouTube clip in a political ad of some sort. Enter the Republican Governors Association, which put… Read more

Rubio, Nelson: Fight against Islamic State will be long, difficult: Responding to President Barack Obama’s Wednesday night speech laying out his strategy for a broader military campaign against the Islamic State, Florida’s two U.S. senators cautioned that the effort could be long and difficult. Marco Rubio, the Republican from Miami and a potential presidential candidate in 2016, popped up on news shows early Thursday, cautioning that – despite the best intentions of American military leaders – troops on the ground might ultimately be necessary. “I hope it does not” require ground troops, he said on CNN… Read more

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

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