Florida Five: Obama golfs with big money Fla. foursome, Rubio makes plans for 2016 announcement

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

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Obama tees off with business moguls in Florida – President Obama on Sunday visited a Florida course and golfed with three wealthy business executives. Sunday’s game marked Obama’s second this weekend at the Floridian National Golf Course in Palm City. The president arrived in the eastern Florida city for a brief vacation Saturday and will return to Washington Sunday. White House pool reports said that a trio of corporate elites joined Obama for a round of 18 holes Sunday afternoon. Read more

See also: Obama’s choice of weekend golf pals sparks questions

Marco Rubio makes plans for 2016 run – Sen. Marco Rubio (R- Fla.) is laying plans to announce his presidential bid in two weeks, a step that, along with other recent activity among likely contenders, shows the early sparring and positioning in the 2016 race for the White House is about to accelerate. Mr. Rubio has made tentative arrangements to announce his White House bid on April 13 at the historic Freedom Tower in Miami, a Rubio adviser said, though aides haven’t yet made final the location and timing. Read more

Florida Democrats look for a way to end election woes – U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham hadn’t even been sworn in yet when Democratic Party leaders began talking about her potentially running for governor in 2018. That’s not a good sign for Democrats as they seek to capture a Senate seat in 2016 and find candidates to run for the open governor’s and Cabinet seats in 2018. The party hit a low point in 2014 when it essentially conceded three Cabinet seats while putting all their efforts behind former Republican Charlie Crist in their unsuccessful effort to oust Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Read more

Supreme Court to weigh in on unanimous juries for Florida’s death penalty – The U.S. Supreme Court might do to Florida’s death penalty what the state Legislature has failed to do for years: require jurors to vote unanimously that someone deserves to be executed. That would make it much tougher to send a murderer to death row and an eventual date with a lethal needle — even in Volusia and Flagler’s most heinous crimes. And it should be tougher, a lot tougher, say defense attorneys who cite Florida’s “outlier” status as the only state where someone can be sent to death row on a simple majority vote. Read more

Monday: Things to watch in Tallahassee – The weekend’s over, so it’s time to stop watching the NCAA tournament and get back to watching the legislative session. There’s not much on tap this fine Monday, but brace yourself on for a busy week ahead. Read more

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