Florida Five: Donald Trump wows crowd of 1500, Washington Post newsflash – Rubio’s not rich!

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

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Trump takes shots at fellow Republicans: Carly was ‘fired viciously,’ Rubio is ‘a horror show’ and Jeb made ‘a total fool out of himself’ on Iraq – Donald Trump isn’t looking past the Republican primary and sharpening his manicured claws for Hillary Clinton. Not yet. In a 70-minute speech before an audience of 1,500 in Sarasota, Florida on Thursday night, the business titan and storied dealmaker took shots at his fellow Republicans. The crowd went wild and chanted Trump’s name even before he took the stage at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center to receive the ‘Statesman of the Year’ award from the local Republican party. Read more

Washington Post attacks Rubio: He’s not rich! – Every morning the Washington Post sends out an email with links to its featured stories of the day. Today, the Post’s number one story was: Does Rubio Have a Spending Problem? The factual basis for the Post’s article was that according to his financial disclosure forms, Marco Rubio has withdrawn $68,000 from a retirement account. Read more

Fla. Gov. Rick Scott signs 44 bills into law – Florida’s 2015 Legislative Session produced a number of bills, some of which Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Thursday, according to a statement from his office. Here is the list issued from the governor’s office. Read more

Feds say Florida needs $1 billion in hospital funding for poor next year – Federal health officials told Florida Thursday that the state should expect big reductions in future years for a hospital payment program that’s at the crux of a political stalemate blocking passage of a new state budget. In a letter to state health officials, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said the state may justify needing about $1 billion in government funding for uncompensated care next year, or less than half of what it got this year, and even less in subsequent years. Read more

House releases tentative special session schedule – House Speaker Steve Crisafulli today released an anticipated calendar for the June 1-20 special session, during which lawmakers expect to hammer out a state budget. He also noted that lawmakers’ requests to be excused from the special session aren’t guaranteed to be OK’d by leadership. Read more 

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