Florida Five: Sharpton in town using Trayvon to push black vote, Ugly battle between Garcia, Curbelo

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

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Al Sharpton visits Central Fla; pushes for higher turnout among black votersThe Rev. Al Sharpton pushed community leaders Tuesday to get black voters to the polls in Central Florida. Speaking at a leadership forum in Eatonville, the firebrand civil rights activist reminded the roughly 120 people in attendance of the Jim Crow-era sacrifices by those who fought for the right to vote. There’s no excuse for low voter turnout now, he said. “They fought, they were beaten, they were jailed,” Sharpton said. Read more

Ugly battle for independent voters between Garcia, Curbelo: Covering the southwest part of Miami-Dade and Monroe County, Florida’s 26th Congressional District includes the Keys and much of the Everglades. After running for Congress in 2008 and 2010, Democrat Joe Garcia finally broke through in 2012 when he defeated scandal-ridden David Rivera to win this congressional seat. But now facing scandals of his own, Garcia will have a tough time keeping his seat in the second most competitive congressional race in Florida. Read more

Joe Garcia skips own news conference after Curbelo supporters arrive: U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia planned to take his reelection campaign to the Miami-Dade County school board Tuesday afternoon. But the Democratic congressman was a no-show after supporters of Republican opponent Carlos Curbelo showed up waving signs. Curbelo is a sitting school board member and was in a district meeting during the scheduled news conference. A small crowd had gathered outside district headquarters in downtown Miami, but… Read more

Nelson joins growing call to close US to Ebola countries: U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, announced Tuesday he now believes the United States should consider closing its borders to visitors from African countries with Ebola virus crises. His call joins that of a few congressmen in recent days, including U.S. Reps. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, and Vern Buchanan, R-Bradenton. Nelson made that assertion in a letter today to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, according to a press release from his office. Read more

Quarantine plan urged in Miami-Dade after Ebola scare: Spooked after learning that a teenager visiting Miami Beach from Nigeria was tested over the weekend for the Ebola virus, county commissioners on Tuesday asked Mayor Carlos Gimenez to identify locations to quarantine potential patients in the future. Never mind that the results came back negative and that, according to public-health administrators, the patient did not even present symptoms to require the test. Read more

Bonus: Democrat David Silvers gets hammered in new ad

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