Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:
Atheist group threatens Florida sheriff with lawsuit for wearing his uniform, using gov’t title while preaching at churches – The Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist group committed to maintaining the separation of church and state in the U.S., says it will consider filing a lawsuit against a Florida sheriff if he doesn’t stop preaching at churches while wearing his uniform and using his official government title at the pulpit. The group sent Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd a letter this week threatening legal action if he doesn’t comply with their demands, according to WFLA. Read more
Florida is ‘bluest’ swing state so far, poll says – Hillary Clinton continues to out-poll most major Republican wannabes in the Sunshine State, according to the Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released Wednesday. The former Secretary of State held her own in Florida when matched against the GOP’s two native sons – former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio, according to pollsters. The poll shows Rubio – not Bush – as Clinton’s strongest Republican challenger in the key swing states, according to the poll. Read more
Florida pols boost Bush’s super PAC – The earliest donors to Republican Jeb Bush’s pre-presidential campaign machine include prominent Florida politicians, the state’s chamber of commerce and even a labor union, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of Florida campaign finance filings. Together, these Sunshine State lawmakers and special interests have donated nearly $250,000 to a controversial super PAC that Bush, a former Florida governor, controlled prior to his formal presidential announcement on Monday. Read more
Killings by Florida police on the rise, but not as fast as in other states – Florida ranks third in the nation when it comes to the number of people killed by police, which sounds accurate since this is the third most populous state in the country. But when looked at per capita, Florida is actually a little better – this year, at least — according to numbers compiled by the Guardian. As of today, Florida police have killed 35 people. That’s enough for the third highest number in the country, behind only California (82 people killed by police) and Texas (55). Those states also have the two highest populations, respectively. Read more
Ron DeSantis, Tom Rooney push for more federal cybersecurity after OPM data breach – Republicans in the Florida congressional delegation are looking for answers after a data breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in which more than 4 million federal employees had their data stolen with many signs pointing to China as the culprit. On Tuesday, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on the data breach. U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., who is running for the U.S. Senate, called the breach an “unmitigated disaster for U.S. national security” and called out President Barack Obama for not responding adequately. Read more
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