Florida Five: Rubio bounces past Hillary in new poll, Texas joins Florida’s federal lawsuit

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

Bounce: Rubio rises to double digits in new national poll, leads Hillary by six in new Florida poll – Last week Nate Cohn wondered why a guy like Rubio with obvious “breakout potential” hasn’t broken out yet, early though it may be. No one expects him to run away with the nomination, but no one expected he’d be stuck at five percent either. As a conspicuously electable center-right candidate, why hasn’t he at least joined Jeb Bush and Scott Walker by polling in the mid-teens? If you believe CNN, he’s on his way. Read more

abbott-scottTexas joins Florida to stop Obama from threatening states with mob-like coercion – Texas joined Florida on Monday in its lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s “Sopranos”-style efforts to force states to expand Medicaid under Obamacare or risk losing other health-related federal funding. “When the federal government exceeds its constitutional authority, the States must take action,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement. Read more

Florida sends feds formal hospital funding proposal – Florida is submitting a proposal to the federal government based on a Senate plan to extend funding for hospitals that treat low-income patients. The proposal would extend funds through June 2017. It also distributes the $2 billion funding more broadly and includes money for Florida medical schools, county health departments and federally qualified health centers. Read more

Supporters, foes line up on rail financing plan – A private passenger-rail venture got the endorsement of one of the state’s most-powerful business lobbying groups Monday in seeking $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds. Meanwhile, a quartet of legislators from the region most opposed to All Aboard Florida’s Miami-to-Orlando rail project questioned if the state will eventually have to subsidize the service, which is proposing 32 trains a day in 2017. Read more

Florida still feeling BP oil spill effects five years later – April 20 marks five years since BP’s oil rig Deepwater Horizon dumped millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf. Even though Florida didn’t get the worst of the catastrophe, the state is still feeling the effects. The spill killed 11 workers and dumped more than 130 million gallons of crude into the Gulf five years ago. Read more

On the calendar: Sun ‘n’ Fun airshow kicks off in Florida

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