Florida Five: Allen West is Dems new bogeyman, Bill Nelson seeks answers from SpaceX

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

Allen WestTaddeo cites bogeyman Allen West in fundraising email – Former Congressman Allen West is long gone from Florida, but hey when it’s fundraising time is there any better bogeyman for a Democratic candidate? From a fundraising plea today by Annette Taddeo who is running for Congress in a Miami-Dade/Monroe County swing district against first-term U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Miami: Read more

Bill Nelson seeks answers after SpaceX explosion – U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is sounding the alarm about the future of U.S. space flights but industry officials in Florida remained calm after the latest explosion of a cargo rocket on Sunday. Nelson met with SpaceX and NASA officials on Monday to discuss why the resupply rocket exploded. The disaster was the third in the past year involving a cargo ship headed to the International Space Station. Read more

State’s court clerks slash services, personnel, to deal with budget cuts – Starting next week, Pinellas County residents will have five fewer hours a week to pay traffic tickets, get a marriage license or request domestic violence injunctions. Broward Clerk of Courts Howard Forman says layoffs, furloughs and office-hour reductions are all on the table. In Pasco, Clerk of Courts Paula O’Neil has already laid off two employees. Read more

Pam Bondi asks court to move forward with execution after Supreme Court ruling— Florida’s rapid pace of executions — derailed in February because of a pending U.S. Supreme Court case — is cleared to start up again. And the state isn’t wasting any time. Just hours after the high court ruled that a drug used for lethal injections in Florida is allowed under the Constitution, Attorney General Pam Bondi filed to lift a state court order blocking executions. Read more

130 new laws will take effect in Florida on Wednesday – The state’s record-setting budget goes into effect on Wednesday, along with 130 other new laws that were produced by the Legislature this year in the regular and special sessions and signed by Gov. Rick Scott. Starting Wednesday, the state will no long collect sales tax on gun club memberships, people with 64-ounce beer containers known as “growlers” can get them filled at breweries, and governments in Florida will have to start looking to buy American-made U.S. flags. Read more

Good news! Tallahassee’s airport goes international

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