Florida Five: Combat vet enters GOP Senate primary, No-party voters growing in Fla.

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

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Veteran, political newcomer Todd Wilcox running for U.S. Senate – A political newcomer, former Special Forces Commander and CIA veteran Todd Wilcox of Orlando, on Wednesday announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by presidential candidate Marco Rubio. “It’s time to restore America’s prominence both here at home and abroad. The economy is growing at a dismal rate. More businesses are closing than are opening for the first time in our nation’s history.” Read more

With Alan Grayson set to announce a Senate bid, the political dominoes are about to fall in Central Florida – Rumors surrounding U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson and his designs on the Senate seat Marco Rubio will soon vacate are nothing new. But with word spreading the self-proclaimed “Congressman with Guts” will officially announce tomorrow, efforts to prepare for the electoral domino effect he will leave in his wake are gaining a new urgency. Read more

Related: Thank you, Lord, for having Alan Grayson run for the U.S. Senate

In Florida, no-party voters are growing. Question is why – As the candidate field for the 2016 election continues to grow, the line between Republicans and Democrats is drawn, altered and emphasized. The race toward the primaries and the White House is starting, and the two major parties are, as usual, the ones to watch. Or are they? Read more

Senate redistricting battle looms — As the battle over Florida’s political boundaries looms, the Florida Supreme Court is set to make a decision on the disputed congressional districts. A ruling could come as soon as Thursday. A trial on state Senate districts that lawmakers drew in 2012 is set to be heard by Circuit Judge George Reynolds beginning Sept. 25. But in a flurry of briefs and arguments filed in recent weeks, the Legislature and a coalition of voting-rights groups and citizens have laid out many of the arguments that Reynolds will hear in the high-stakes trial. Read more

‘Charlotte’s Web’ medical marijuana strain could be grown in central Florida — A drug designed to help children dealing with epilepsy has been held up by the state for over a year, but relief could be in sight for them.  A local grower may soon start producing a strain of medical marijuana known as “Charlotte’s Web.” The Legislature passed “Charlotte’s Web,” a bill legalizing the strain of non-euphoric medical marijuana to help kids with epilepsy and people suffering from brain injuries.  A fight between state agencies and a series of lawsuits held up the drug. Read more

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