Florida Five: What Rupert Murdoch thinks about Jeb for prez, Florida candidate has ‘Allen West’s back’

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

Florida Insider Poll shows growing doubts Charlie Crist will beat Rick ScottThe race between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist for governor has long been seen as a toss-up, and recent polls bolster that perception of a campaign that could go either way. But conventional wisdom among Florida’s political elite has shifted decidedly in Gov. Scott’s favor, the latest Tampa Bay Times Florida Insider Poll shows. When we surveyed more than 130 of Florida’s savviest political hands seven weeks ago, a slight majority predicted Scott would beat Crist. Read more

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Rupert Murdoch: Jeb Bush ‘would be a very good president’Rupert Murdoch was on Fox Business Netword talking 2016 presidential politics: “I am intrigued with the whole process that is happening. Who is going to run against Hillary on the Democratic side. If they do they will run way to the left. Will they pull more her a bit to the left?  OR a rather centrist position, what could happen there, how will that affect the results. And then, there are a lot of people in the Republican field… and Paul Ryan, though he hasn’t declared yet. Jeb Bush may. (He) would be a very good president. Read more

Lois Frankel says Rick Scott closed 30 women’s healthcare centers. PolitiFact Florida says: Pants on Fire!: Democrats have been counting on a gender gap to win races in 2014, and Democrat Charlie Crist is part of that trend, lobbying hard for the women’s vote in his battle against Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Crist has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood PAC (despite his own mixed record on abortion in the past), has vowed to push for equal pay for women and now is attacking Scott’s record on funding rape crisis centers. Read more

Vietnam Vet Domino: I Have Allen West’s Back: On Thursday, former state Rep. Carl Domino, the Republican challenger taking on U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., in November, invoked the legacy of the man his opponent beat in 2012:  former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla. Democrats, meanwhile, dismissed Domino’s campaign as a “flop.” Vietnam veteran Domino won the Republican primary last month, beating five other candidates. Earlier in the election, West backed Juno Beach Vice Mayor Ellen Andel over Domino… Read more

Surveillance City: Public workers, police to wear body cameras in Miami Beach: Miami Beach has a reputation for being Florida’s fashion capital. True to form, city employees will soon be outfitted with a new accessory — body cameras. The recording devices gained dramatic support in the aftermath of last month’s disputed police shooting in Ferguson, Mo. Both cops and civil rights groups say the technology offers needed transparency. But South Florida’s posh resort community is taking it a step further. Read More

Bonus: South Florida advocate pushes Congress for action in assisting poor, ailing Holocaust survivors

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