Florida Five: GOP rep seeks FEMA flooding help, SW Fla. big money donors to GOP candidates

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

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Rep. David Jolly writes to FEMA about federal flooding assistance – U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, penned a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Sunday asking the federal government to pay special attention to the Tampa Bay area if it decides to deploy aid to Florida. Weeks of relentless rainfall and widespread flooding have left areas of Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties waterlogged, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate their homes and costing the region and state millions of dollars in damages. Read more

Southwest Florida donors putting money into PACs backing GOP presidential candidates – When it comes to big money political donors, Southwest Florida is Bush country. Southwest Floridians gave more than $3.4 million to the political committee backing former Gov. Jeb Bush in his bid for the Republican nomination. The sum makes up a small chunk of the more than $103 million the super PAC, or political action committee, received in the first six months of the year, according to documents filed with the Federal Elections Commission. Read more

Take 3: Florida lawmakers try to fix ‘tainted’ lines for Congress — They look like simple lines on a map, but they will make and break political careers. The lines will decide who speaks for every Floridian in Congress and who will be there to help untangle bureaucratic red tape or track down a lost Social Security check. Read more

Gateway City: Gold’s value falling fast, but it’s still South Florida’s most valuable import – More than $1.97 billion in gold entered South Florida through the first five months of 2015. That’s not an insignificant amount. It’s also almost four times as much as any of the nation’s other Customs districts. It is also South Florida’s most valuable import, according to WorldCity analysis of the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data. Almost all of it flew into Miami International Airport, and most of it was in the form of gold bars, or gold doré bars as they are called. Read more

Florida families end private search for teens missing at sea – The families of Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, two Florida teenagers who went missing on a boating trip several weeks ago, have ended their privately led search for the boys. “Absent new information, continuing the search is not practical,” a family representative said, according to a statement released today by the families. Read more

Florida team in the spotlight: South Korea wears down Wellington in Intermediate Division World Series finale

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