Florida Five: Is a Bush/Rubio ticket legal?, Gov. Scott to sue feds over Medicaid funding

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

Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio
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Can the president and the vice president be from the same state? – The links between Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio have some talking about a Bush/Rubio ticket in 2016. But is it even possible? The day after Rubio announced he was running for president, liberal MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell was already looking ahead to what happens if Rubio’s campaign falls short. “Marco Rubio looks like one of the best possible vice presidential candidates in the Republican field,” O’Donnell said on his show on April 14, 2015. “But the one person who can’t choose him is Jeb Bush, because the president and vice president can’t be from the same state.” Read more

Fla. governor to sue Obama for ‘The Sopranos’ style shakedown of states – Florida Governor Rick Scott is suing President Obama for cutting off federal health care money and says the federal government doesn’t really care about low-income families. Speaking on Fox News’ “On the Record,” Scott said he is “outraged” and that the president has gone too far. Read more

Florida House fights Senate Medicaid expansion – Hundreds of thousands of people can’t afford health care in Florida. Yet, state lawmakers in Tallahassee can’t agree on how to help them and expand Medicaid. House lawmakers refuse to support a Senate plan, despite not coming up with one of their own. When First Coast News asked House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R – Merritt Island) what he would tell his suffering constituents, he responded: Read more

House leadership fight is the latest political drama in Tallahassee – Tallahassee’s full of fights this session. Now you can add a House leadership contest to the bill. It was already an unruly session. The House and the Senate continue their conflict over the budget and Medicaid expansion while Joe Negron and Jack Latavala continue their seemingly endless struggle to become the next Senate president. And South Florida environmentalists who claim to have the only legitimate science for fixing Everglades and water woes, want the state to spend $500 million to $700 million to buy land of questionable value and won’t take no for an answer. Read more

Scott’s voting chief says ‘forces of evil’ can derail online registration – Gov. Rick Scott’s elections chief got roughed up again Thursday in the Senate as he continues to oppose a bipartisan bill for an online system of voter registration by 2017, which already exists in 20 states. Appearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Secretary of State Ken Detzner said his agency has no plan to implement the change and he’s worried about having to work with 67 county supervisors of election, 67 tax collectors and the state highway safety agency. Read more

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