Florida Five: Nelson calls for independent redistricting commission, Murphy backs Iran deal

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

Nelson MurphySenator Nelson calls for independent redistricting commission for Florida – The repeated failures of the Florida Legislature to redraw the state’s congressional districts is a sure sign that Florida needs to create an independent commission to do the work, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said during a stop in Tallahassee on Monday. “Seems to me we need an independent commission for future reapportionment so that you stop this self-serving process of drawing districts for your own self-interest,” said Nelson, a Democrat. Read more

Democrat Patrick Murphy backs Iran nuclear deal— U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, a moderate South Florida Democrat running for the U.S. Senate, announced Monday he will support an international deal designed to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Murphy, a former Fort Lauderdale businessman who moved to Jupiter, was especially conflicted, knowing that many Florida voters are wary of the deal, suspicious of Iran and concerned about the impact on Israel. Read more

Political map battles brew in federal court – The legal arguments about Florida’s political maps continue to mushroom. While the Florida Supreme Court and the Legislature grapple with how congressional districts will be drawn, more legal fights are building in federal courts. Voting-rights groups Friday formally sought to intervene in a federal lawsuit filed this month by Congresswoman Corrine Brown, who is among the most-outspoken opponents of a redistricting process spurred by the anti-gerrymandering “Fair Districts” requirements. Read more

Rick Scott heading to Kentucky in push to lure jobs – Florida Gov. Rick Scott is heading to another state led by a Democratic governor as part of his push to lure jobs to the Sunshine State. Scott announced Monday that he will be traveling to Kentucky in September for a domestic economic development mission. During his inaugural address in January, Scott said he would visit several states in an effort to persuade businesses to relocate. Read more

Flagler, among top 10 counties with most concealed-weapon licenses, will fast-track permitting – Flagler County residents love their concealed weapons: As of the end of July, there were 8,170 concealed weapons holders in the county, or 8.24 concealed carry permits for every 100 residents. That’s the 10th highest rate out of 67 counties in Florida (Okaloosa, Monroe and Nassau top the list, in that order). The average in the state is just over 7 per 100 residents. It’ll soon become much easier to get a concealed weapon permit. Read more

What a start! Lauren Book to announce Senate bid with an impressive list of notable Broward endorsements 

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