Florida Five: Which Hillary Clinton will Florida see?, Charlie Crist in hot water again

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

Adam C. Smith: Which Hillary Clinton will Florida get to see? – And now we get to meet Hillary Clinton, who over 24 years has introduced herself to America over and over again. We’ve met the first lady of Arkansas, America’s first lady, New York’s senator, the presumptive Democratic nominee of 2008, the tireless, underdog presidential candidate whose supporters made 18 million cracks in the “highest and hardest glass ceiling,” and the globetrotting secretary of state. Read more

Charlie CristComplaint filed over Charlie Crist role in Annette Taddeo emails – Charlie Crist improperly contributed to Annette Taddeo’s Democratic campaign for Congress, according to a complaint a Republican filed last week with the Federal Election Commission. The complaint, by Saul Escobar of Miami, argues that when Crist let Taddeo use an email list from last year’s Florida governor’s race, it amounted to an impermissible donation from a state campaign to a federal one. It also says Taddeo herself should have authorized the emails to supporters, sent after she launched her 2016 campaign last week with the disclaimer, “Paid for and approved by Charlie Crist.” Read more

With Jeff Atwater out, Florida GOP has Tom Rooney amid strong 2016 Senate bench – Jeff Atwater might be a no-go for the 2016 Senate race, but the Republican bench in Florida is deep enough to ensure the GOP will have a strong candidate. Tom Rooney is starting to emerge as the new top choice. Atwater stunned most political observers Saturday when news emerged that he will not run for the Senate if Marco Rubio, as is expected, enters the presidential race on Monday. Read more

Rick Scott: ‘Can I convince you to move to Florida?’ – Florida Gov. Rick Scott touched down in Southern California on Sunday for a business recruitment trip, then jumped on the phone to sell the virtues of the Sunshine State. “Hi, this is Rick Scott,” he told a reporter. “Can I convince you to move to Florida?” Scott, a Republican, is trying to persuade shipping companies to move their operations to ports in Florida. Read more

House of Cards, ‘treason’ cited in battle for House speaker in 2020 – Exactly who is going to be Florida House Speaker in 2020 is probably the last thing on the minds of Central Floridians. But the subject is paramount among top Republicans all over Florida as allegations of “treason,” strong-arm tactics and a “House of Cards” mentality emerged Sunday, revealing a contentious fight over the future leadership of the House. Read more

Uh-oh! Florida 8th-grader’s prank on teacher leads to felony arrest

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