Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:
Rocker Ted Nugent is loaded for Florida’s bear hunt – Take cover, Central Florida bears, the Motor City Madman is coming for you. On the first day bear-hunting licenses became available in Florida, rocker Ted Nugent, known for searing guitar riffs and outspoken advocacy for hunting and gun rights, snapped up one to participate in the state’s first hunt in more than two decades. Read more
12 Florida takeaways from the Republican presidential candidates’ debate – Bush vs. Rubio. Debate moderators pressed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his one-time protégé, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., inviting them to disagree. They didn’t take the bait, at least not much. “Do you agree with your friend?” Bush was asked. “He is my friend,” Bush acknowledged. Read more
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Who to watch in the congressional redistricting special session – The special legislative session to hammer out Florida’s congressional redistricting is only five days away, and many state lawmakers are suiting up to get down to business when they return to the Capitol for the third session this year. Florida’s congressional redistricting has been wrought with controversy, but state lawmakers will have to work together to put the pieces back together, mapping out fairer districts statewide. Read more
Backroom Briefing: Jeff Atwater Says, Honestly, He Hasn’t Made Plans – Jeff Atwater Less than a year into his second term as Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Jeff Atwater says he is asked daily about future political ambitions. And so far, the former Senate president and former bank president — who can’t run again for the CFO post because of term limits — professes that team Atwater hasn’t made any decisions. Read more
Corrine Brown seeks to stop redistricting in court, says it dilutes minority voting – Implying that a secret, racist agenda may be in play to eliminate Congressional districts drawn to represent black voters, U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, filed a federal lawsuit Thursday to stop Florida’s redistricting effort. On Wednesday the Florida Senate released a proposed map that would redraw many of Florida’s 27 Congressional districts to comply with an order from the Florida Supreme Court. Read more
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