Florida Five: European travelers flock to Florida, Some teachers tell state ‘keep your money’

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

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Source: FoxNews.com

Florida expects uptick in European travelers due to security and economic concerns – Exploring Miami Beach one recent afternoon, Swiss tourists Adrian Cannistra and Shkunte Mustafa said they considered vacationing on a beach closer to home before booking the lengthy overseas flight. Greece might have been ideal — with the financial crisis, bargains can be had and many Swiss are taking advantage. Cannistra has vacationed in Tunisia but said recent terrorist attacks there scared him away from North Africa. Read more

Bonus program has some Florida teachers telling the state: Keep your money – Pam Ingram graduated from Robinson High School in Tampa 23 years ago. She remembers her grade-point average (3.75). She recalls her class rank (26). The English teacher at Wesley Chapel High doesn’t recollect her SAT score, though. And she’s not about to look it up to apply for Florida’s controversial new teaching bonus, although she’s fairly certain to qualify. “It’s stupid,” said Ingram, who is rated “highly effective” by her principal. Read more

Florida redistricting quandary may require independent commission – As Florida legislators struggled last week to draw a congressional district map that meets a court mandate, it became clear what they would end up with would be far from perfect. “Bring me a redistricting commission or something, for goodness sakes,” exclaimed state Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, as lawmakers convened for the second special session to revise a congressional redistricting plan already rejected by the court. “Bring me something that works!” Read more

Gov. Scott will have power over next rewriting of the state constitution – Among Gov. Rick Scott’s legacies after two terms in office will be the role he plays in the next remake of the state constitution. The Florida Constitution allows for a “revision commission” to meet every two decades to “examine the constitution, hold public hearings and … file its proposal, if any, of a revision of this constitution or any part of it.” Though the next commission doesn’t meet till 2017, it was invoked as lawmakers began meeting in special session last week. Read more

Federal agent carjacked, pistol-whipped and kidnapped — by TEENAGERS – Four Florida punks carjacked, pistol-whipped, robbed and kidnapped a man who was loading luggage into his car at an Orlando hotel parking lot on the final day of his family vacation. It turned out the victim was a federal agent. Read more

ICYMI: Debbie Wasserman Schultz facing huge pressure over Iran deal

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

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