Florida Five: Gov. Scott for president?, Bondi tapped for national post

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

Governor Scott for president? – While other Republican governors across the nation are discussed as prospective presidential contenders in 2016, Florida Gov. Rick Scott is rarely in the conversation. And that is fine by him. “No, I just got elected to be the governor for four more years,” Scott said in Sarasota on Monday, when asked if he’s considered running for the White House. Still, that isn’t stopping allies from trying to convince him to take a presidential run more seriously after proving he can win in Florida using a business background some think is needed in Washington. “Don’t count Scott out of running for president,” Sarasota Republican Party Chairman Joe Gruters said in an interview. Read more

Florida Legislature leadership will once again have Central Florida flavor – Tallahassee will have a Central Florida flavor to it when the new leaders of the Florida Legislature are sworn in in January. Both the state House Speaker and the Senate President will hail from Central Florida, the second time in four years that the state legislature will be controlled by representatives from Central Florida. In the House, Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) will take gavel, and his Senate counterpart, Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando) will oversee the Senate. Read more

Pam Bondi on ObamacarePam Bondi Chosen to Head Up GOP Attorneys General Group – This weekend, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was chosen to lead the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) for the next year. Like every other incumbent Republican attorney general facing the voters this election cycle, Bondi prevailed at the polls earlier this month. Bondi replaces South Carolina Attorney General Alan Watson as chair of RAGA. “It is an honor to be selected by my fellow Republican attorneys general to lead RAGA at such a critical time in our country’s history,” Bondi said on Monday. “We will continue to stand up for the rule of law and protect the citizens of our states.” Read more

Senate Democrats elect leader ‘Who has made history’ – Sen. Arthenia Joyner will now lead the Democratic Party on the floor of the state Senate, a little more than a half century after spending a couple of weeks in the Leon County Jail as part of local civil-rights struggles. Joyner, a Tampa Democrat, was unanimously elected Monday by the Senate Democratic Caucus to be the minority party’s leader the next two sessions. The selection was first announced in May as the 2014 session came to a close. Sen. Oscar Braynon of Miami Gardens was elected the party’s leader pro tempore, making him second in line. Read more

Mark Pafford tabbed as top House Democrat amid party infighting – After a contentious week marked by political infighting, state Rep. Mark Pafford of West Palm Beach was selected to serve as the House’s top Democrat for the next two years. The vote came the same day that state Rep. Dwayne Taylor, D-Daytona Beach, said he would not make a last-minute challenge to Pafford, who for months was presumed to be next-in-line to become House minority leader. Taylor was upset that House Democrats lost six seats during this year’s midterm elections. As incoming minority leader, Pafford served as the top elected official responsible for coordinating Democratic House campaigns. Read more

Bonus: 3 Florida Guys Find a Career Playing Video Games

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