Florida Five: Did Alan Grayson endorse Rand Paul?, Veterans ceremony draws Confederate protest

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

Alan Grayson and Rand PaulRed flag alert? Alan Grayson wants Rand Paul to be his next president – Florida progressives may have been seeing red Monday morning. When a local Sunday morning cable news show asked liberal U.S. Rep. (and possible Senate candidate) Alan Grayson what he thought about the GOP presidential field, the Orlando Democrat made a surprising endorsement. Grayson wants Republican Rand Paul to be his next president. Read more

Florida Veterans Hall of Fame ceremony draws Confederate protest— A decision to omit three Confederate soldiers from the state’s fledgling Veterans Hall of Fame likely never looked better than it did Monday to state officials. Florida Gov. Rick Scott mostly avoided having to discuss the state’s Civil War past during a ceremony honoring five veterans thanks in large part to a decision in March by him and the Cabinet to leave off the names of three who fought for the Confederate States of America. Read more

Scott sidesteps questions on possible 2018 Senate run – Florida Gov. Rick Scott was offering no hints on Monday about whether he is considering running for the U.S. Senate in 2018. Asked about that prospect, in light of him spending almost $300,000 on political consultants since April, Scott wouldn’t bite. “I’m continuing to work at my job as governor,” Scott said following a ceremony inducting five new members into Florida’s Veterans Hall of Fame. Read more

Marco Rubio nonprofit announces it’s raised $15.8 million – Conservative Solutions Project, a nonprofit group supporting Marco Rubio, announced today that it has raised $15.8 million, which will allow it to extend its national cable ad featuring the Florida senator slamming the U.S.-Iran nuclear nuclear negotiations. That information came via a statement made by Pat Shortridge, the president of the Conservative Solutions Project. Read more

Florida Gov. Rick Scott holds signing ceremony to make Nationals’ new spring training site official – By the time Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) held his bill signing ceremony Monday morning in Palm Beach County, he had already signed House Bill 1213, and in so doing tweaked a decades-old law to allow the Astros and Nationals to move forward with their joint spring training facility in West Palm Beach. But Monday morning, Scott made the change officially official with a bill signing ceremony held with Nationals and Astros representatives on hand… Read more

Make plans now: Wausau, Florida prepares for 46th Annual Wausau Possum Festival

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