Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:
Gwen Graham draws fire from Democrats for Keystone and other GOP-leaning votes – U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham is under fire from Democrats for votes in favor of the Keystone pipeline, to roll back Wall Street reforms and other issues, illustrating the difficulty she faces in a district with a sizable conservative base. The rift is evident on Facebook. Florida Democratic chair Allison Tant posted a photo of her and Graham on Tuesday and the comment section filled up with negative assessments of Graham, who took the Congressional District 2 seat from GOP incumbent Steve Southerland. “Yeah it’s a great picture, now what about this Keystone pipeline crap?” one person wrote. Read more
No joke! Breast-implant removal delays bigamy stage of Rep. Alan Grayson’s divorce case – Surgery to repair leaking breast implants is delaying a trial to determine whether U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson’s wife of 24 years was ever really his wife at all. In the latest twist to the ugly divorce proceedings between Grayson and his estranged wife, Lolita, Lolita Grayson required emergency surgery Monday to remove leaking implants and scar tissue, the Associated Press reported. Read more
Coast Guard steps up patrols off Florida as US, Cuba spar over migration policy in Havana – The United States said Wednesday it dispatched additional ships to the Florida Straits to halt Cuban rafters but rebuffed demands for broader changes to U.S. migration rules that dominated the first day of talks between Cuban officials and the highest-ranking U.S. delegation to the island in more than three decades. Cuba urged the U.S. to end immigration privileges that grant virtually automatic legal residency to any Cuban who touches U.S. soil. Its government blames the Cold War policy for luring tens of thousands of Cubans a year to make perilous journeys by sea and land to try to reach the United States. Read more
Did WPB elected leaders cross the line by supporting a convicted murderer? – It’s not the usual city business, but letters obtained by the Contact 5 Investigators and the Palm Beach Post tie the Mayor and three West Palm Beach City Commissioners to a gruesome New York murder. “I really thought I was doing a favor for a friend,” said Commissioner Keith James. Two decades ago, Michelle Lennon, a 23 year old topless dancer, pleaded guilty to beating her 54 year old husband to death. Read more
Mitt Romney to speak at Jacksonville University spring commencement – Putative presidential candidate Mitt Romney will deliver the keynote address at Jacksonville University’s spring commencement and receive an honorary degree, the university announced Wednesday. The former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee is expected to run a third time for the nation’s top office, and may challenge another prominent Floridian, Jeb Bush, experts say. Romney joins a long list of political and policy leaders who spoke at the private university over its 80-year history… Read more
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