Florida Five: Rubio hauls in $1.25 million online, Fla. Legislative Session could go into overtime

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

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Photo courtesy: SFGate.com

Marco Rubio raises $1.25M online in first day of campaign – From the Associated Press: Sen. Marco Rubio raised $1.25 million online during his first full day as a presidential candidate, a person close to the Florida Republican’s campaign said Wednesday. The first-term senator entered the race for the GOP nomination on Monday evening during a rally in Miami. A day later, his campaign made an aggressive digital push for donations. It quickly paid off. Read more

Legislative leaders: Session likely headed for overtime over Medicaid impasse– Lawmakers will likely need a special session to resolve a deadlock between the House and Senate over health care spending, top lawmakers from the House and Senate said Wednesday. “If we’re not (agreeing on Medicaid expansion) then there’s no reason to sit here and kid ourselves. So we’ll finish out the business that we have before us on the policy and then we come back and do the budget at a later time,” House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, told reporters. Read more

Former Florida Speaker Will Weatherford will not run for Senate – Former Speaker of the Florida House Will Weatherford says he will not run for U.S. Senate in 2016, ending speculation that he would vie for the Senate seat to be vacated by Marco Rubio, who’s making a Republican bid for the White House. Florida law doesn’t allow Rubio to run for both the Presidency and his Senate seat. Technically, he could have waited until closer to the May 2016 filing date for Senate, but as Rubio explained in an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News Channel program, “I think it’s important for us to have a strong candidate in Florida who’s out there working now. Read more

Tom Rooney on Senate bid: ‘I’m thinking about it’ – This week, U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., appeared at U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s, R-Fla., presidential campaign kickoff even as the congressman mulls over running to replace him in the Senate. Talking to Sunshine State News on Monday, Rooney praised Rubio’s speech highly and pointed to his leadership in the Florida House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Sunshine State News asked Rooney if he was considering running for the Senate in 2016. Read more

POLITICO says it’s coming to Tallahassee – The Washington, D.C.-based political website POLITICO began in 2007 with 35 employees. It now maintains more than 400 staffers globally. Among the most notable hires for political junkies in Florida was when the site raided Marc Caputo from the Miami Herald back in January. Now POLITICO says Caputo will be joined by a “team of political and policy writers in Tallahassee.” Read more

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