Florida Five: Scott, legislature at odds over school funding, Trump lied about casino gambit

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

teacher in classroomGov. Rick Scott and Legislature on collision course over school funding— Gov. Rick Scott and his education team are promising a “historic” increase in per-student spending in Florida schools next year. But to do that, Scott’s advisers want to shift more of the burden of paying for schools from the state to local homeowners through higher property taxes, setting up a new confrontation with the Republican-controlled Senate. Read more

Surprise: In debate dispute, Trump straight-up lied about Florida casino gambit – Remember this exchange from last night’s CNN/Salem Radio debate, in which Jeb Bush tried — and largely failed in the moment — to land a punch on Donald Trump? [Video] Here, Jeb counters Trump’s oft-repeated attack that he’s beholden to big donors by pointing out that as Florida’s governor, he rebuffed pressure from a high-profile contributor named…Donald Trump. Read more

Florida lawmaker pushes for open carry in Florida – A Florida lawmaker recently filed a bill that would allow anyone with a concealed-weapons permit to also carry that weapon in the open.The five-page bill filed by Republican House member Matt Gaetz adds a fundamental warning to judges who might find themselves reviewing state gun law. Read more

Florida Republicans urge GOP in Senate to go all out against filibuster on Iran deal – On Thursday, two Florida Republicans who turned down U.S. Senate bids in recent election cycles urged the Senate to go with the “nuclear option” against President Barack Obama’s deal with Iran over that nation’s nuclear program. Read more

Integrity Florida “encouraged” by Richard Corcoran’s ethics reform proposal – Earlier this week, Florida House Republicans unanimously elected Land O’Lakes Richard Corcoran as the next speaker of the House of Representatives, beginning in the fall of 2016. In a speech to his House colleagues on Wednesday, the Pasco County Republican laid out several proposed ethics reforms aimed at “cleaning up our own house.” Read more

Bon appetit: Florida man claims $10 million lotto jackpot thanks to numbers he found in a fortune cookie

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