Florida Five: Rick Scott, Charlie Crist and wedding dresses, Bogdanoff touts bipartisan support

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

rick-scott-wedding-dressRick Scott and Charlie Crist become … wedding dresses: Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist have taken on two new and unexpected forms in the latest ad from the College Republican National Committee — they’re wedding dresses. Paying homage to the hit TLC Show “Say Yes to the Dress,” where brides try on, scrutinize and (hopefully) fall in love with potential wedding dresses, the ad contrasts the two politicians as if they were haute bridal couture. Like many brides, the woman in the ad is on a budget. Read more

NFIB backs GOP in Fla. congressional races: This week, the National Federation of Independent Business, the largest small-business association in the nation, announced it was supporting Republicans in congressional elections all across Florida, including taking sides in two of the most competitive races in the nation. Facing a tough challenge from Democratic candidate Gwen Graham, U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., is getting help from the NFIB. On Tuesday, the organization unveiled an online election site to help Southerland and began a digital ad campaign on his behalf. Read more

Putnam makes a play for conservatives, both for now and later: Adam Putnam is trying to rally conservatives and get some notice as he continues his campaign for a second term. Putnam has little to fear from Democrat Thad Hamilton in November. But Putnam’s efforts this year are aimed at helping him down the road. Having been on the leadership in Congress, it’s unlikely that Putnam will look to get back to Washington by making a Senate bid in 2016 or 2018. Instead, he is more likely to set his sights on running for governor come 2018. Read more

Supreme Court to decide the fate of congressional redistricting plan, again: From the News Service of Florida: A high-stakes legal battle about the constitutionality of the state’s congressional districts should be fast-tracked to the Florida Supreme Court, a divided appeals court ruled Wednesday. Under the ruling, the 1st District Court of Appeal would not take up a challenge to districts redrawn in August by the Legislature and to other decisions by a circuit judge. Instead, the case would go directly to the Supreme Court — a relatively unusual move known as “certification” of the case to the higher court. Read more

Group releases a framework for regulating medical marijuana: The fate of Amendment 2 will be decided in less than five weeks, but one group has already released its recommended framework for how a system that regulates medical marijuana would work. The 12-member Florida For Care Blue Ribbon Commission, which includes Democrats and Republicans, and representatives from law enforcement, business, health and other areas, has released proposed principles that range from patient protection to professional licenses and packaging. Read more

Bonus: New Ellyn Bogdanoff ad highlights bipartisan support

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