Florida Five: Senate gets do-over in drawing districts, ‘Docs v. Glocks’ injunction lifted

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

Senate Pres Andy Gardiner
Senate President Andy Gardiner Photo credit: Scott Keeler, Tampa Bay Times

Florida Senate concedes legal battle, sets special session to redraw districts — After spending nearly three years and millions of dollars defending its redistricting maps, the Florida Senate gave up the fight Tuesday as it conceded for the first time that the courts were going to find it violated the state Constitution. Lawyers for the League of Women Voters and Common Cause have argued the Republican-controlled Senate violated the so called Fair Districts provision of the state Constitution that prohibits drawing lines to favor a political party or any incumbents. Read more

Related: New map poses challenge for Florida senators

Judges lift injunction in ‘Docs v. glocks’ lawsuit – A law banning doctors from asking patients about guns has gone into effect after a federal appeals court lifted a ruling that prevented it from being enforced. As of Tuesday, physicians in Florida could risk license suspensions and disciplinary action from the Board of Medicine if they talk to patients about gun ownership or use when it’s not directly related to the treatment being given. Read more

Scott Walker can’t seem to decide on Florida primary – Real Clear Politics is reporting that Scott Walker has told donors he will not compete in the Florida primary, going against what he told us earlier this year and a return to a posture he appeared to hold before that. From the report: During a fundraiser at the St. Louis home of Rex Sinquefield, Missouri’s most active Republican donor, Walker reasoned that it “doesn’t make a ton of sense for him to pour cash into Florida” with Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio in the race, said one person who was present for Walker’s remarks. Read more

Walton County votes to replace one Confederate flag with another — Bucking a national trend, a defiant Walton County voted Tuesday after an emotional hearing to replace one Confederate flag with another one at its courthouse in the Florida Panhandle. Under intense pressure from a deeply divided citizenry, county commissioners agreed to remove the controversial flag with the X-shaped Southern Cross design that has flown at the courthouse in DeFuniak Springs since 1964, the year President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. Read more

Did a Miami-Dade commissioner spill the beans on Lauren Book’s Florida Senate run? – Lauren Book, daughter of mega-lobbyist Ron Book, plans to announce her candidacy for the Florida Senate on Sept. 1. At least that’s according to an invitation Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman sent her friends Tuesday asking them to attend a fundraiser for Book at Il Gabbiano, a posh Italian restaurant in downtown Miami, on Sept. 18. Read more

Still no luck: Search for missing teens enters fifth day, spans three states

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