Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:
Grayson says Murphy ‘hasn’t passed a single bill out of committee’ – U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson is bringing his brash reputation to bear in his Senate campaign, calling his Democratic primary opponent U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy “ineffective” as a legislator. In an Aug. 12, 2015, statement, Grayson, D-Orlando, offered to help Murphy learn how to legislate. Grayson posted the video for the old Schoolhouse Rock song “I’m Just A Bill” and cited an InsideGov.com listicle that called Murphy one of “the least-effective members of Congress.” Read more
Bill puts Florida elected officials on Medicaid program – The Florida Legislature has resisted expanding Medicaid to Florida’s uninsured working poor, but a bill has been filed to put the same elected officials on the program. Florida lawmakers rejected expanding the Medicaid program in 2015. It came in the face of a health care budget shortfall and pleas from the uninsured to accept federal money to grant almost 1 million Floridians access to coverage. Rep. Matt Gaetz, who opposed expansion, now has a different idea. Read more
Race for Rubio’s Senate seat is a crazy one with a high-dollar price tag – Florida will be a critical state for both Republicans and Democrats in 2016, the swing state is in play for not only their 29 Electoral College votes for president but also their open Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Marco Rubio (R). The Washington Times reported on Monday that the race is set to be one of the most expensive Senate races in the country, and both Democrats and Republicans are in an intense primary fight. Read more
David Jolly wants Congress to investigate HUD’s handling of families making too much for public housing – U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., who is running to replace U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in the U.S. Senate in 2016 is wanting an investigation into the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Department in light of last month’s report that tens of thousands of Americans were living in public housing despite exceeding the maximum earning level required to live there. Read more
George Zimmerman teams up with ‘Muslim-free’ gun shop owner to sell Confederate flag –Liberal heads are exploding as two men, reviled by the left as racists, join together to sell another symbol they decry as racist — the Confederate battle flag. George Zimmerman, who rose to infamy after shooting and killing black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, and “Muslim Free Zone” gun shop owner Andrew Hallinan have teamed up to sell 24″x18” prints of a Confederate battle flag painted by Zimmerman. Read more
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