Florida Five: DC Dems turn on Wasserman Schultz again, NRA goes big for Scott

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

Crist’s Beltway Dreams Hurt His Chances to Return to Tallahassee: Charlie Crist is looking to get back to Tallahassee but his attempted trips to Washington are getting in the way. Washington has long been on Crist’s mind. He ran for the Senate against Bob Graham back in 1998 and courted John McCain in 2008 to be the GOP’s vice presidential candidate. In 2010, Crist tried yet again to get to the Senate but he blew his commanding lead over Marco Rubio in the Republican primary and ended up running with no party affiliation and getting crushed in the general election. Read more

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For third year in a row, DC Democrats’ wage war on one woman: DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz: If three is a trend, then DC has a rite of late summer: Anonymous Democrats attacking DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Democratic insiders, Politico reports today, have “lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most.” But let’s face it. Some of these folks never had much faith in the Broward congresswoman. Read more

NRA goes big in supporting Florida Gov. Rick Scott for reelection: The National Rifle Association has reserved $11.4 million for its initial fall advertising campaign and will begin airing its first TV commercials Wednesday in three Senate races crucial to determining which party controls the chamber next year… The NRA also plans to invest heavily in helping the reelection of Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Both Republicans are locked in tight races. Read more

Former Gov. Bob Martinez leads initiative to improve voter turnout; TaxWatch releases election guide: Bob Martinez, who was a civics teacher long before he became the state’s 40th governor, wants to get at the heart of voter apathy in Florida. Florida’s recent primary turnout of 17.5 percent, the lowest in the past 16 years, dramatizes the need for a new initiative, said Martinez, who is heading the new TaxWatch Center for Florida Citizenship. “There is a lot of work to be done,” said Martinez, who spoke at the press conference Wednesday sponsored by TaxWatch… Read more

Florida House members divided on vote to arm Syrian rebelsThe Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces “do not and will not have a combat mission” in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria. The 273-156 vote crossed party lines to an unusual degree in a Congress marked by near ceaseless partisanship. Read more

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