Florida Five: Carly Fiorina headlines Coral Gables MavPAC event, Rubio nabs key staffer from Jeb

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

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Carly Fiorina to headline Maverick PAC event in Coral Gables – Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO who has hinted she could make a long-shot Republican presidential bid, will be the featured guest next month at a two-day event in Coral Gables. The Maverick Political Action Committee, or MavPAC, is hosting a March 6 reception with Fiorina at Bulla restaurant and a retreat the next day at the Biltmore Hotel. The reception is free for members and $25 for non-members. The retreat is for PAC members only, and is closed to the press. Both are being organized by the PAC’s Women section. Read more

Rubio hires key Romney aide out from under Jeb – Florida Senator and prospective candidate for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination Marco Rubio picked up a key Mitt Romney aide, Jim Merrill, “to oversee his political activities in the Northeast and probably in a New Hampshire campaign.” Merrill ran the show in both of Romney’s New Hampshire primary efforts. He’s viewed as something of a hot commodity in GOP circles. Read more

Are local Dems pushing for a GOP ‘landslide’ in West Palm Beach? – It comes as no surprise that West Palm Beach City Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell wants to be Mayor after twelve years of waiting in the wings. That her former spouse and Republican über-lobbyist Richard Pinsky would take a major role in running her campaign doesn’t exactly blow you away either, given their deep mutual connections to the Palm Beach Republican Party — though a registered lobbyist campaigning for an incumbent commissioner may pique the fainter-hearted among our readers. What’s really raising eyebrows in left-of-center circles around the state is who’s along for the ride in their quest to unseat Mayor Jeri Muoio, a well-known Dem despite the nonpartisan veneer atop the race … Read more

Crucial legal question confronts Florida’s voucher program – The fate of Florida’s signature private-school voucher program – which began when Jeb Bush was governor – could soon be decided by a circuit judge. Opponents to the state’s tax credit scholarship program squared off for nearly two hours Monday against lawyers representing the state and parents of children enrolled in the program. Judge George Reynolds must decide whether to throw out the lawsuit filed last year or let it proceed to a trial. Read more

Florida Lottery has fewer security resources than other large states – ABC Action News has been telling you for months about certain Florida store owners who keep getting lucky, winning dozens of big jackpots despite seemingly impossible odds. We’ve discovered that Florida has fewer resources per store than any of our neighboring states or states with similar size lotteries, and that could be preventing the lottery from conducting more frequent investigations. Watch video

ICYMI: Out of touch Dems Wasserman Schultz, Jackson Lee hobnob at Grammys: ‘Tax-payer or lobbyist funded trip?’

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