Florida Five: CAIR sues Fla. over Muslim prisoner meals, Obama rejects disaster declaration

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

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ACLU, CAIR sue Florida for denying Islamic meals to Muslim prisoners – The American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Florida Chapter and the Council Of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Florida are suing the state of Florida for purportedly denying Halal meals to Muslim convicts locked up in the Miami-Dade Country prison system. The lawsuit was filed on Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Local 10 News, a Miami-based ABC affiliate, reported. Read more

Obama rejects Governor Scott’s federal disaster declaration request – President Barack Obama on Thursday rejected Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s request for a disaster declaration for Tampa Bay’s August flooding on the basis that the damage to the region was not enough to be beyond the capabilities of the state and local governments. A federal disaster declaration would have triggered hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured-property losses, and other help for individuals and business owners affected by the storms. Read more

Florida’s GOP Senate hopefuls line up against Obamacare – More than five years after President Barack Obama signed his signature health-care proposal into law, Republicans looking to represent Florida in the U.S. Senate continue to oppose it. Read more

Wasserman Schultz’s divided loyalties – A Hillary Clinton-Joe Biden fight would tear at Florida and be particularly hard on Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The Florida congresswoman and Democratic National Committee chair wouldn’t just be any Democrat up for grabs: She was one of the last loyalists sticking with Clinton in 2008 and has a true, if more professional, friendship with the former secretary of state. But she also has an intense, emotional connection with the vice president. Read more

Presidential contenders focus on Puerto Rico fiscal crisis – Puerto Rico is getting attention from 2016 presidential hopefuls, who are making early stops in the U.S. territory, likely in part due to the rapidly growing number of Puerto Ricans living in the key battleground state of Florida. Contenders for the White House, such as Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Marco Rubio, are scheduled on Friday to visit the island, which is trying to dig itself out of a wrenching fiscal crisis. Read more

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