Florida Five: Scott blasts legislature over job incentive money, Surprising poll results for Florida

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

Scott blasts legislature
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Gov. Scott Attacks legislature over Enterprise Florida funding – It wouldn’t be politics without a little bickering, so it’s probably a good thing Florida Governor Rick Scott addressed Enterprise Florida’s Board Thursday. While the Legislature is coming to terms over the state’s congressional map, Scott is complaining about lack of funding for the economic development agency. State lawmakers established Enterprise Florida in the early nineties as a way to lure new companies to the state. Read more

Donald Trump surges; Hillary Clinton slips in Florida – Donald Trump is surging in Florida, dethroning former Gov. Jeb Bush from his perch as the top candidate of Florida Republicans. For the state’s Democrats, the luster is coming off Hillary Clinton, who has lost a quarter of her support in the past nine weeks. The Quinnipiac Poll released Thursday delivered more bad news for Clinton: She’s now losing potential general election matchups to Bush and Marco Rubio; for most of the past 19 months she led the Republicans, sometimes by substantial margins. Read more

Jeb Bush Gets ‘F’ on Common Core report card – For basically anyone involved in the Common Core State Standards, the road to the implementation of the national education standards has been anything but smooth. The same is true for any Republican hoping to snag the party’s presidential nomination — and one website has doled out a “report card” on how each candidate is responding to concerns about Common Core. Read more

Legislature at impasse over how to draw Florida’s congressional districts— A divide over how to shape Tampa Bay’s congressional districts is creating uncertainty over whether the Legislature will be able to finish its job in a court-ordered special session on time. While a legislative impasse is hardly new in the recent political dynamics of the House and the Senate, the latest breakdown is complicated by the fact that they are under a Florida Supreme Court order to draw new districts because the last two attempts failed to produce a constitutionally sound map. Read more

Iran deal ads running in at least 23 states, including Florida, Texas, California and Pennsylvania – Television ads in the fierce lobbying battle over the Iran nuclear deal are being aired in at least 23 states as lawmakers are home for the August recess, according to a Washington Post analysis. The analysis shows that opponents of the deal are more heavily targeting House members while supporters are aiming their fire at both chambers. Read more

Legalizing political correctness: Florida senator files bill prohibiting Confederate flag on state property

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