Florida Five: Surprise, Trump leads Bush – in Fla., Scott calls for Planned Parenthood investigation

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

Donald Trump and Jeb BushShock poll: Donald Trump leads Jeb Bush 26-20 percent … in Florida – For the first time this year, Donald Trump tops a state poll of GOP presidential candidates in Florida. A St. Pete Polls survey released on Wednesday shows the New York businessman with 26 percent support, with Jeb Bush in second place with 20 percent. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is in third place with 12 percent, and Marco Rubio is in fourth place with 10 percent. Read more

Scott calls for investigation of Florida Planned Parenthood sites – Gov. Rick Scott has ordered an investigation of 16 statewide Planned Parenthood offices amid claims from an anti-abortion advocacy group that the health services center sold body parts of aborted fetuses for profit. The advocacy group, the Center for Medical Progress, has released a series of videos in recent weeks showing undercover operatives interviewing Planned Parenthood officials. Read more

Hillary Clinton to call for lifting U.S.-Cuba embargo during stump speech in Miami – In her first visit to Florida as a 2016 presidential contender, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is scheduled to deliver a major policy speech on Friday in Miami in which she will call for lifting the U.S.-Cuba embargo. Her campaign said in a press release that Clinton “will highlight that Republican arguments against increased engagement are part of failed policies of the past and contend that we must look to the future in order to advance a core set of values and interests to engage with Cubans and address human rights abuses.” Read more

South Florida takes the unsavory title as fraud capital of the U.S. – Psssst — Need a phony ID? A fraudulent tax refund? Insurance money from a sham car crash? Florida may have just what you’re looking for. Since the first settlers hacked their way into the mangrove tangles and drained much of the swampland, sunny South Florida has been virtually synonymous with shady deals and scams. Read more

Florida man arrested for planning ISIS-inspired terrorist attack on Key West beach – A South Florida man inspired by the terrorist group ISIS is behind bars after allegedly planning to use a “backpack bomb” in a plot to attack a Key West beach. The Department of Justice said Harlem Suarez, 23, of Key West was arrested Monday and appeared in court Tuesday after describing his plans for a terrorist attack and trying to purchase explosives from undercover federal agents, according to CBS Miami. Read more

Don’t miss it: Lobster mini-season underway

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