Florida Five: Cheeky graphic compares US Senate foes, Florida pro-choice but divided on PP

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

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Photo source: SunshineStateNews.com

Compare Florida Senate candidates at a glance – As the exciting Election 2016 draws near, Sunshine State News will be feeding voters the information and profiles they need to help choose the right candidate. The race to replace U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is under way. With 15 months left, six candidates are in the running to fill one of Florida’s two seats in the upper chamber. Where are the candidates from, what do they care about and what do they believe is the right path for our state and nation? Read more

Florida remains pro-choice but more divided on Planned Parenthood, poll shows – A majority of Floridians remain pro-choice on abortion, but a new poll shows the Sunshine State is more divided over Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood has been in the news in recent weeks after a series of secretly recorded videos in which it appears officials from that group are selling fetal tissue. Read more

Judge sets redistricting conference for Tuesday but questions loom – Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis on Monday ordered a scheduling conference for Tuesday after 3 p.m. to receive updates on the status of the congressional redistricting plan that lawmakers failed to complete last week. But the question of the day is: what options does he have? Lawmakers assumed they were handing over the job of redrawing the districts to the court when they adjourned their two-week special session Friday without finalizing a congressional map. Read more

Columba Bush puts drug addiction fight among top priorities – The wife of Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says the highly personal fight she waged against drug addiction as Florida’s first lady would remain one of her top priorities in the White House. Columba Bush, whose daughter has struggled with addiction, penned an op-ed published this past weekend in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, calling attention to the nationwide epidemic of addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers. Read more

Florida Healthy Kids Corporation considers suing federal government for health exchange access – The Florida Healthy Kids Corporation is considering suing the federal government. This comes just days after 34,000 kids in Florida and their families learned their premiums through Healthy Kids would soon double. … “It would be Florida Healthy Kids that would be filing a lawsuit,” said Wendy Link, Chair of the board for Florida Healthy Kids. Read more

Florida demographics: Central Florida emerges as mainland magnet for Puerto Ricans

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