Florida Five: Election could be shaped by Common Core, George W. Bush thinks Jeb ‘wants to be president’

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

Will there be an anti-Common Core assault on November’s election?: With the clock ticking down until the gubernatorial election, anti-Common Core groups from across the state are assessing where they’ll be putting their votes on Nov. 4. Earlier in the year, some anti-Common Core activists said they’d be skipping this year’s election to send a message to Gov. Rick Scott by withholding their votes. They feel he hasn’t done his part in pumping the brakes on the standards. Read more

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George W. Bush: I think Jeb ‘wants to be president’: Is Jeb Bush running for president? His brother sure seems to think he wants to.  “I think he wants to be president,” former President George W. Bush told Fox News in an interview on Thursday, when asked about his brother’s political plans. Bush said he spoke with his brother, the former governor of Florida, on Wednesday and had encouraged him to run. Read more

Hispanic journalists asked to ‘keep voters informed’ about voter fraud: As Election Day nears, absentee ballot fraud will likely be in Florida’s news headlines once again. Carolina Lopez, spokeswoman for the Miami Dade Department of Elections, said staff there can determine if the person requesting a ballot is the one who actually receives it, but can’t control what happens to that ballot after that. “It is important for voters to understand the full electoral process to avoid scammers wanting to fill out their ballots and influence their decisions on the ballot questions,” Lopez says. Read more

Teachers’ union attacks low-income scholarships while making six-figure salaries: The Florida Education Association is highly litigious, flush with resources from membership dues and fees, and it’s politically active. It often gets its way, but not without collateral damage. In its fight with the Legislature for more school funding, the union is determined to destroy a privately funded scholarship program giving 68,000 of Florida’s poorest students the opportunity to attend private schools. Read more

Naples City Council votes to ban medical marijuana: Naples City Council voted Wednesday to ban medical marijuana establishments citywide, but passed an ordinance to ensure they will be allowed in the medical zoning district only if the state Legislature prohibits municipalities from enacting an outright ban. Although the intent to prohibit “pot shops” remains, the vote ended in debate after Councilman Sam Saad said he wanted to ensure Naples has restrictive language in place on Nov. 5, a day after the statewide vote on Amendment 2. Read more

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