Florida Five: Murphy too Republican for progressives, Brawl brewing for South Fla. swing seat

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

Murphy and Grayson
Rep. Patrick Murphy & Rep. Alan Grayson

Courted by progressives, Alan Grayson still hasn’t decided on Senate run – Rep. Alan Grayson says he’s in no rush to decide about a Senate run, though he’s been paying attention to the recruitment effort from progressive Democrats. “I don’t have any set date for deciding,” the Orlando Democrat said in a telephone interview Monday afternoon. “I’m waiting and watching as we see what develops with the Republican Senate candidates.” Grayson also wants to hear Sen. Marco Rubio’s plans a week from today. Read more

See also: Progressives say Murphy is too Republican

Another brawl brewing for South Florida swing seat – One of the nation’s most competitive congressional seats will live up to its reputation again in 2016. Annette Taddeo, who was former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s running mate when he ran for his old job as a Democrat last year, announced she’ll challenge first-term Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo in the Sunshine State’s 26th District, a South Florida seat that has flipped between the two parties in the two elections since the lines were redrawn after 2010. Read more

Senate unveils health care train that includes a priority of House health care bill – Less than a week after House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Corcoran complained that the Senate wouldn’t consider any of his chamber’s health care proposals the Senate Health Policy Committee will take up a bill on “direct primary care” when it meets Tuesday. The proposed bill — SB 7084 — incorporates the substance of HB 7047 which was developed by the House Health Innovation Subcommittee after conducting a lengthy workshop on direct primary care and how it works with physician supporters as well as National Federation of Independent Business-Florida. Read more

Ethics complaint: University police chiefs violated law testifying against campus carry – Ten university police chiefs who headed to the state Capitol to speak out against legislation to allow guns on college campuses are now the subject of an ethics complaint filed by a Florida-based gun rights group. The complaint, filed by an attorney representing Florida Carry, alleges that 10 university police officers violated Florida law for lobbying against SB 176 and its companion bill, HB 4005 — two bills which would allow concealed carry permit holders to have their weapons at public universities and college campuses. Read more

Mexican fishermen stealing America’s fish: Illegal, unregulated fishing a huge problem – With Africa and the Middle East disintegrating into chaos, the U.S. economy tanking into a part-time job market and immigrants crossing America’s southern border unabated, caring about some foreign fishermen poaching American waters may seem like a low priority. But it’s not. These thieves have been stealing from America for decades, driving up the price of seafood, shortening harvest seasons and forcing good, honest commercial fishermen out of business, U.S. officials say. Read more

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