Florida Five: Rubio fact-checked on immigration, Wasserman Schultz doubles down on stupid

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

Marco RubioPolitiFact Florida: Have 40% of illegal immigrants simply overstayed their visas? – Sen. Marco Rubio said that while people sneaking into the United States is a legitimate problem, the immigration system is so broken that almost half of all immigrants who are in the country illegally entered through legal channels. “We have a porous border, meaning not just the border with Mexico, but 40 percent of people in this country, illegally, are overstaying visas,” the Republican Florida senator and presidential candidate said on Fox & Friends on July 22. Read more

Wasserman Schultz doubles down on stupidity; gets a new POUNDING on social media – Having flubbed the question once, it’d be a safe bet to assume that Debbie Wasserman Schultz would be better prepared the next time she’s asked to explain the differences between Democrats and socialists. But the Democratic National Committee chairwoman flailed away a second time Sunday when NBC’s Chuck Todd, host of “Meet the Press,” hit her with the very same question MSNBC’s Chris Matthews did on Thursday, answering much as she did then. Read more

Battle over Amendment 1 heats up this week— Another constitutional fight involving the Florida Legislature will be revving up this week. The issue is whether House and Senate members followed the requirements of a newly approved state constitutional amendment that mandated the state spend some $740 million on environmental programs, with a heavy emphasis on the purchase of endangered land. Read more

Illegal alien flees felony charges in a stolen car — tries to CHEW OFF his own fingerprints – File this one under bizarre. When Lee County, Florida, sheriff’s deputies stopped a 2015 Mercedes that had been reported stolen, the charges they racked up against the driver, Kenzo Roberts, didn’t stop at grand theft auto, according to NBC affiliate WPTV Channel 5 News. Roberts had in his possession three stolen credit cards, a concealed weapon and he was using fraudulent identification. Read more

No clear roadmap on Senate districts — After reaching an agreement last month with voting-rights groups, Florida lawmakers face the chore of going into special session in October to redraw Senate districts. But the agreement with the League of Women Voters of Florida, Common Cause Florida and others that legally challenged the Senate’s current map doesn’t list the districts that have to be changed. Read more

FYI: Florida Fish and Wildlife to accept bear hunting permit applications Monday

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