Florida Five: DWS takes a shot at Ted Cruz, Progressive Dems want another Senate candidate

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

Wasserman Schultz and CruzNew presidential candidate Ted Cruz draws fire from DWS – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced on Monday that he will run for the Republican presidential nomination, while Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman who leads the Democratic National Committee, called him the “de-facto leader” of the GOP with a “reckless approach to governing.” Cruz, whose name had been bandied about for months as a possible presidential hopeful, came to conservative Liberty University in Virginia to make the announcement. Read more

Florida Democratic Progressive Caucus wants Alan Grayson to run for Senate – While South Florida Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy is gathering statewide attention today as he becomes the first candidate to officially declare his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Marco Rubio, the liberal wing of the Democratic Party isn’t part of the cheering section for the two-term congressman. The Progressive Democratic Caucus announced this morning the results of a survey they recently took in which Orlando area U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson was its pick to become the party’s 2016 nominee, taking 63 percent of the vote in an informal survey. Read more

Fla. county officials back off land restriction, thanks to property-rights watchdog – After almost two years of battling local regulators, a small Hobe Sound, Fla. business is finally in the clear. Martin County officials have decided they will not levy $1,000 daily fines against the Flash Beach Grille restaurant for violating a decades’ old, unrecorded environmental property restriction. Never mind the local government’s beef stemmed from its own mistake, or that enforcing the fines was probably against state law. Read more

Florida Legislature considers letting students enroll in any school with open seats — Kameela Russell’s daughter acted out at her neighborhood school, Madie Ives Elementary in northeast Miami-Dade. She excelled after transferring to the top-ranked Lakeside Elementary in Broward County. Most parents would not have been able to move their child to a public school in another county. Russell could because she was a teacher in Broward. That option may soon become available to more Florida families. Read more

Lawmakers seek limits to criminally charging youth as adults— When he was 16, Miguel Marino was arrested for breaking into an unoccupied home in Hillsborough County. – A prosecutor charged him as an adult, and Marino was sentenced to house arrest and four years of probation, his mother, Maria Marino, said. When he violated his probation, despite being a juvenile when he committed the crime, he was sentenced to prison, as if he were an adult. Read more

BONUS: Space Day 2015 – The mission to keep Florida a player in the final frontier

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