Florida Five: Bush, Rubio campaign in Colo., Judge blocks Libertarian from governor’s debate

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

Jeb BushJeb Bush’s new TV ad for Rick Scott: “The choice for me is easy.”: Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign features a not-so-new but pretty-effective spokesman in a new ad: Former Gov. Jeb Bush. “In my experience as governor, I’ve found that there are two kinds of politicians,” Bush says. “Those that are driven by personal ambition. And those that deliver results.” In case anyone was wondering, the first politician Bush references is his successor and Scott predecessor and current Scott challenger Charlie Crist. What makes the ad effective is that this somewhat-negative message is shown, not told. Read more

Judge rejects Wyllie try to get in governor debate: A South Florida federal judge has rejected a lawsuit filed by Libertarian Party candidate Adrian Wyllie seeking to force his way into the next gubernatorial debate. U.S. District Judge James Cohn denied the emergency motion without comment today. The next debate between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist is set for Wednesday at Broward College in Davie. Read more

Bush and Rubio have presence in Colorado’s Senate race: Rep. Cory Gardner, who is running a strong campaign for U.S. Senate, is remarkably on message so it’s no surprise he took a pass when the Buzz asked who would be a stronger 2016 presidential candidate, Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio. If he has a favorite, he couldn’t say anyway; both Florida Republicans are helping him in the hotly contested campaign against incumbent Sen. Mark Udall. “It’s going to be interesting to see … and there’s plenty of others that are going to… Read more

FSU trustees expected to approve Thrasher contract, $430K base salary on Monday – A draft version of the contract between state Sen. John Thrasher and Florida State University shows that they have negotiated a five-year term starting Nov. 10. The FSU Board of Trustees plans to meet via conference call Monday to discuss and likely approve the proposed contract. Thrasher, who expects to be re-elected to the Senate on Nov. 4, said he would step down from his Senate seat as soon as the Board of Governors confirms him. That formality should occur when the group meets Nov. 5 and 6. Read more

Steroid testing looms for Miami PD amid new abuse allegations: With allegations emerging Tuesday that some members of the Miami police force were clients of the infamous Biogenesis steroid clinic, city and police officials can say they’re already moving to include the anabolic drugs on the list of banned substances for which officers will be tested. But one has nothing to do with the other, apparently. “There’s no correlation between the two,” said Major Delrish Moss. Read more

BONUS: Fla. CFO Jeff Atwater launches new ad: ‘I’m watching out for you’ 

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