Florida Five: Amendment 2’s best kept secret, Crist threatens executive order

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

Rick Scott, Charlie Crist agree on taking Medicaid expansion money, but not on how to do it – As he gains momentum in the race for governor, Charlie Crist is driving a conversation on Medicaid expansion. The Republican-turned-Democrat has become such a fervent supporter of the policy that he said he would consider using an executive order to get it done. Read more

ellyn-Mizner-ad-cropped-headEllyn Bogdanoff’s appeal to moderates could mean victory in November – Former state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff has a laundry list of unfinished business after leaving office in 2012, and she hopes to return to Tallahassee to get it done. What priorities top her list? “There are many,” Bogdanoff told BizPac Review. Read more

What’s one thing neither side is talking about in the marijuana/Amend 2 debate? – Here’s the little secret that neither side of the Amendment 2 debate over medical marijuana is talking about: The Florida Legislature controls its fate. You don’t hear it from opposition groups, who warn that legalizing medical marijuana will endanger children, spawn pot shops on every street corner and become the state’s next pill mill fiasco. Read more

Fla. Rep. Bill Hager lets his service speak for itself to defeat challenger – After serving Florida House District 89 for the past four years, state Rep. Bill Hager is anxious to continue representing the people he has called neighbors for more than 25 years. The Republican legislator in the south Palm Beach County district 89 has a unique background of public and community service, along with a strong dose of business acumen. Read more

Americans for Prosperity builds political machine – Over scrambled eggs and croquettes, Andres Malave gave a last-minute pep talk to about a dozen volunteers in a Cuban restaurant before they left to meet voters. “Don’t just deliver a message,” he said before beginning his own 3½-hour shift knocking on doors. “Try to get them engaged.” Read more

BONUS: Amendment One: Poster child for socialist legislation

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