Florida Five: Eerie sight lights up social media, Senator wants corporate political disclosure

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

Atlas V rocket
Photo courtesy of ABC7 Facebook friend Rudi Landwaard

Social media reactions: Atlas V rocket launch – An Atlas V rocket blasted into space [Wednesday] morning carrying a Navy communications satellite and providing a unique light show to people all over Florida. And good news: It didn’t blow up, like many watchers may have thought. The huge plume of brightly lit smoke came from the second-stage ignition. We’ve compiled some spectacular photos from social media users. Read more

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Florida senator calls for corporate political disclosure – Sen. Bill Nelson is backing plans to force public companies to say how much they spend on political campaigns. Disclosure would bring “much needed accountability to shareholders and transparency to corporate political spending,” according to a letter from Nelson, a Florida democrat, and 43 other United States senators— 42 democrats and two independents. The Aug. 31 letter to Mary Jo White, chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, calls on the SEC to revisit a 2013 proposal on corporate political disclosure. Read more

A speech. A party fundraiser. In Florida. Clinton? Sanders? No, Joe Biden. – Rarely has a speech on the importance of community colleges been more closely scrutinized. That was the central theme of remarks delivered by Vice President Biden on Wednesday at one of the nation’s largest universities — at least, the stated theme. The other, which he only hinted at, was the political subtext: Still grieving from the death of his oldest son, Biden is weighing a presidential bid. Read more

Riding a big fundraiser, Clearwater’s Jack Latvala keeps bid for Senate presidency alive –Latvala said he raised $250,000 at a Tuesday luncheon for the Florida Leadership Committee, his fundraising machine to elect fellow Republicans to the Senate. Donations ranged from $200 to $10,000, and 400 people showed up, including much of the Pinellas power structure that supports Latvala’s bid to become Senate president in 2016. Read more

9 Investigates: Central Florida’s Puerto Rican population and the presidential election –The road to the White House goes through Florida — more specifically the Interstate 4 corridor. For the coming 2016 election, a growing population moving to Central Florida, may hold all the power. Channel 9 anchor Jorge Estevez crunched the numbers and found that a rapidly growing segment of the Hispanic community is causing the shift in power. Read more

ICYMI: Arby’s REFUSED SERVICE to uniformed cop; PR cleanup after chief demands apology

Bonus! Meet the Florida pol who went to school with ‘loud and showy’ Donald Trump

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