Florida Five: Big GOP names hosting party fundraiser, Twitter blasts a Wasserman Schultz Senate run

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

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Florida’s big GOP names hosting fundraising event for state party – The Republican Party of Florida is breaking out the big guns to send a message of unity after a month that has been marked by internal squabbles. On March 2, the state GOP is hosting a Tallahassee fundraiser featuring former Gov. Jeb Bush, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Gov. Rick Scott, three of the party’s most prominent figures. The move will help RPOF get past a contentious January chairman’s race that saw state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, R-Spring Hill, defeat incumbent chair Leslie Dougher. Read more

Leaked word on Wasserman Schultz’s possible Senate run draws early scorn – Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the sharp-tongued solon from South Florida, is strongly considering making a run for the Senate if incumbent Republican Marco Rubio makes good on his potential U.S. president run. And the critics are already stinging. Word of Wasserman Schultz’s Senate ambitions came in a Politico report Monday, quoting Florida Democrat heavyweight Andrew Weinstein. Read more

Not always sunny: Wolf slams visit by Fla. gov – Florida Gov. Rick Scott is headed to Philadelphia on Monday – but he’s not coming north on a trade mission. Depending on who you talk to, the Republican governor is either coming to woo companies to the sunnier, more tax-friendly South, or “poaching” Pennsylvania jobs. Either way, the Keystone State’s new Democratic governor is not amused. “It’s a political stunt,” said Jeff Sheridan, spokesman for Gov. Wolf. “The stagnant economy we inherited is not our doing, yet he didn’t come under our predecessor.” Read more

Pence set for trips to Washington, Florida this month – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be spending plenty of time traveling out of state the rest of this month. Pence says he’ll be heading to Washington for the National Governors Association meeting that starts Friday and includes events at the White House with President Barack Obama on Sunday and Monday. The governor will be on a more political trip the following weekend: He’s scheduled to speak Feb. 27 at the Conservative Political Action Conference in suburban Washington. Read more

Florida puts executions on hold as high court debates anesthetic – Florida’s highest court put executions on hold Tuesday while the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether use of a controversial general anesthetic constitutes “cruel and unusual” punishment of condemned killers. The state Supreme Court stopped the execution of Jerry William Correll next week because the Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a challenge some Oklahoma inmates brought against use of midazolam hydrochloride as the first of three drugs used in lethal injections. Florida uses essentially the same formula, the court said in a 5-2 ruling. Read more

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