Florida Five: Armed National Guard reopens centers, Legislature on collision course over maps

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

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Florida National Guard recruiters return to storefronts – Florida National Guard recruiters returned Monday to “storefront” locations for the first time since being pulled out in the wake of a shooting rampage that left four Marines and a sailor dead last month in Tennessee. “The guardsmen inside are actively and proudly recruiting new heroes,” National Guard Adjutant Gen. Michael Calhoun said in a release from the governor’s office. Gov. Rick Scott noted in the release that the recruitment centers have upgraded security, including the arming of guard members. Read more

Clashing again, Florida House and Senate are on collision course over redistricting – With just four days left until the end of a special session called to redraw the state’s congressional map, the Senate Reapportionment Committee on Monday approved a plan that changes lines for districts in Southwest and Central Florida, setting up a potential collision with the House. Even as members of the House rejected an amendment to a “base map” developed by legislative staff members ahead of the session, the Senate panel approved on a voice vote new boundaries proposed by Sen. Tom Lee, a Brandon Republican and former Senate president. Read more

Orlando airport to add Muslim prayer room: ‘Catering to terrorists at an airport, how’s that for irony?’ –A major Florida airport is about to become a lot more accommodating to its Muslim passengers, and critics are demanding to know why one religion is getting special treatment. Orlando International Airport is set to spend $250,000 to add a Muslim prayer room to the facility by Sept. 1 to coincide with the first non-stop flights to the airport by Emirates Airlines, News 13 reported. Read more

Planned Parenthood asks Florida judge for emergency ruling – Planned Parenthood in Florida asked a judge Monday for an emergency ruling to allow them to continue performing abortions at 12 and 13 weeks after a discrepancy with the state about what constitutes first and second-trimester abortions. The request comes after state health officials recently inspected 16 Planned Parenthood facilities and said three were performing second-trimester abortions when they licensed to perform first-trimester abortions. Read more

Surprise! Election supervisors hail ruling by Gov. Scott & Co. – Surprise, surprise. Gov. Rick Scott’s election experts have taken a step that has the support of Florida’s supervisors of elections — for a change. The issue involves candidates for Congress and state Senate in 2016 and the ongoing redistricting mess in Tallahassee, and a ruling by the state Division of Elections will be good news to candidates and ease confusion on the campaign trail. Candidates in Florida can get on the ballot by paying a qualifying fee or collecting valid signatures from registered voters. Read more

Good news! State officials say Everglades water policy, BMP regime are working

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