Florida Five: Gov. Scott’s approval rating soars, Redistricting heads to Fla. Supreme Court

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

Gov. Rick Scott
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Poll: Gov. Scott approval rating climbs – Florida Governor Rick Scott’s approval rating among Florida voters has gone up substantially from earlier this summer. Scott’s numbers climbed to 45 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday. The poll indicated that 45 percent of voters approve of the way Scott is handling his job, while 44 percent disapprove. Read more

Trial judge asks Florida Supreme Court for guidance in resolving redistricting dispute— The Florida Supreme Court will now decide the best way to resolve the impasse over Florida’s redistricting maps after a trial judge said Tuesday he “has no authority” to resolve the dispute between the House and Senate. Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis held a six-minute hearing in his Tallahassee courtroom and told lawyers that the Supreme Court “didn’t give me a lot of discretion” when it ordered him to review a map passed by lawmakers in a special session. Read more

Murphy goes on the attack, heating up Florida Democratic Senate primary with 11 months to go – The Democratic Senate primary in Florida was already the nation’s ugliest—and that was before one side started fighting back. Even before he officially entered the race, outspoken liberal Rep. Alan Grayson and his allies spent months slinging attacks at his rival for the nomination, fellow Rep. Patrick Murphy. Now the Murphy campaign, which has so far taken a hands-off approach to its incendiary rival, is starting to fight back: accusing Grayson of hypocrisy in his personal business dealings. Read more

Q Poll: U.S. Senate Race: Who are these guys? – Despite some of the wild headlines drawn by U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, Florida voters say they simply don’t know him well and they know him better than just about any other candidate for Florida’s U.S. Senate race, which is almost not at all. A new poll from Quinnipiac University didn’t even bother to press voters about who would be their top picks for the Democratic and Republican U.S. Senate nominations because the poll’s questions about favorability found all the candidates and potential candidates remain unknowns. Read more

Deal reached on healthcare access for thousands of Florida families – New information for tens of thousands of Florida families caught between their insurance with Florida Healthy kids and HealthCare.Gov. Tuesday the board of directors for Florida Healthy Kids gave approval to move forward with litigation against the U.S. Department of Health. However, the Chair of the Board, Wendy Link, says that will not be necessary because Florida Healthy Kids and the Federal Healthcare Exchange came to an agreement just before the end of business Tuesday evening. Read more

A conservative perspective: Coral Gables’ own Ana Navarro to join TV’s “The View”

ICYMI: Poetic justice! Florida sheriff pens a mocking poem for fugitive who taunted his deputies

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