Florida Five: Obamacare wrecks legislative staff plans, Dem Senate candidate one of least effective

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

obamacareObamacare cited as reason for Florida Senate’s consideration of ending staff-to-campaign revolving door – The Senate is considering changing its policies related to legislative employees who take time off to work on their boss’ campaigns, according to a memo sent to Republican senators and staff by the Senate Majority Office on Monday afternoon. “The revision will result in removing the option for Senate employees to take a leave of absence without pay while employees are working for compensation or receiving reimbursement or benefits from a political campaign” pursuant to requirements in the recently reaffirmed federal healthcare act, the memo said. Read more

Study targets Patrick Murphy in ranking of least effective members of Congress– Tech company InsideGov last week put out a list of what it’s calling the “least-effective members of Congress,” and it’s got not-so-nice things to say about four of Florida’s congressional representatives, including Rep. Patrick Murphy, who’s running for the U.S. Senate. To come up with its effectiveness score, the group looked at the percentage of bills that each member proposed that passed a U.S. House of Representatives committee. Read more

State lawmakers two dozen short, but map redrawing off and running – State lawmakers kicked off yet another special session Monday, and they’re ready — albeit without a full roster in each chamber — to unleash a new set of congressional maps with weighty implications for Florida’s political landscape. In July, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that eight of the current congressional districts fail to pass constitutional muster after voters amended the state Constitution in 2010 to limit gerrymandering. Read more

Florida Strong releases web ad condemning Legislature for its faulty congressional map – As Florida lawmakers began discussing redistricting in the first day of a two week special session in Tallahassee, a new web ad is reminding Floridians why the Legislature is convening in the first place. The ad, called “Cannot be Trusted,” comes from the group Florida Strong. Read more

St. Augustine Republican files constitutional amendment to limit Legislature’s veto override authority—When Gov. Rick Scott vetoed $461 million from the state budget, he made some lawmakers pretty unhappy, cancelling pet projects or funds to go to their districts. Though the House and Senate haven’t made any moves to override his vetoes, restoring funding to those programs, it’s an option that remains at their disposal. Read more

Bad to worse: Far-left MoveOn.org hosts petition to boot Wasserman Schultz – check out replacement . . .

ICYMI: Newest Kardashian story makes TV anchor walk off set: ‘I can’t do it!’

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