Florida Five: Health officials inspect Planned Parenthoods, Gov. Scott plays the presidential field

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

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Florida inspects Planned Parenthoods, but results unknown — Planned Parenthood says Florida health officials have inspected its 16 facilities, but state officials have not released the results. Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates Executive Director Laura Goodhue told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the inspections were conducted Thursday, one day after Scott said he was troubled by videos describing the organization’s procedures for providing tissue from aborted fetuses for research. Read more

Gov. Scott unveils a presidential campaign slogan – Florida Gov. Rick Scott is not saying who he wants to be the Republican nominee for president, but he certainly has a campaign slogan picked out for who he thinks can beat Hillary Clinton in 2016. “I want a candidate that’s going to say we’re going to have a plan – we have a plan – for 12 million jobs over 4 years,” Scott told Fox News Channel anchor Gretchen Carlson during an interview on Tuesday. Read more

Florida GOP reschedules ‘Sunshine Summit’ for after redistricting special session – Presidential candidates are being summoned to a November “Sunshine Summit” put on by the Republican Party of Florida. The event, which will not feature a straw poll, had been scheduled for October. But organizers had a mess on their hands because the Legislature is going into special session Oct. 19-Nov. 6 to redraw state Senate districts. Read more

Florida House agrees to pay Sansom $600K in legal fees — The Florida House has reached a settlement with former House Speaker Ray Sansom for legal fees tied to corruption charges that were dropped in 2011. Under the settlement, first reported by the Associated Press, taxpayers will pay $600,000 for Sansom’s legal fees. That’s less than the $800,000 in fees Judge Angela Dempsey said Sansom could receive in February. Read more

Florida’s unpaid college loans nearly double U.S. average – Florida has almost double the national rate of student loans that are delinquent or in default, according to a new study. More than a fifth of Florida’s students loans — 21.5 percent — are delinquent or in default, according to WalletHub.com, a personal finance website. Nationwide, 11.1 percent of student loans are late or unpaid. Read more

Warning: Dive-bombing mockingbirds terrorize South Florida

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