Florida Five: Trump to meet Fla. evangelical pastor, Senate unveils last-ditch congressional map

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

Trump and Paula White
Donald Trump and Pastor Paula White

Donald Trump to meet evangelicals led by Florida pastor Paula White – Businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump, now leading the polls in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, will be meeting evangelical leaders next month led by a Florida pastor. The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that a group of around 30 evangelical leaders will be meeting with Trump in New York at the end of September. Read more

Senate unveils last-ditch congressional map – A key state senator floated a last-ditch effort Thursday to strike a compromise with the House on new congressional districts, while voting-rights groups that challenged the current congressional map called for the Florida Supreme Court to take over the process. The two moves came as justices were expected to issue a ruling as soon as Friday pointing the way forward after a special legislative session collapsed last week without an agreement on how to fix congressional districts. Read more

Florida GOP to convene in Tampa this weekend – Hundreds of members of the Republican Party of Florida will convene this Friday and Saturday in Tampa for the party’s summer quarterly meeting. “We are looking forward to our next quarterly meeting, and our next chance to bring Republicans from all over the state together,” Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia said. Read more

Florida bill targets medical tourism, direct primary care – Senate Health Policy Chairman Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, is looking to pitch Florida as a place for people to come for medical care. Bean on Tuesday filed a proposal (SB 178) that includes creating a program to market Florida as a “health care destination” — a concept known as medical tourism. The bill, which will be considered during the 2016 legislative session, would create the program under Enterprise Florida, a public-private agency that seeks to boost economic development. Read more

3 recreational marijuana petitions circulating in Florida for November 2016 ballot – Three proposed constitutional amendments would legalize marijuana for recreational use if approved by Florida voters in November 2016. But before they get on the ballot, organizers have to collect at least 683,149 valid signature on each of their respective petitions. Read more

Plans for Mars: Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin joins Florida university

ICYMI: Tough-talking sheriff has mocking advice for atheists; You don’t like ‘in God we trust?’

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