Florida Five: Rubio jumps in latest poll, Trump blames Jeb for Fla. recession

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

Marco Rubio thumbs upRubio’s debate performance pays off with jump in poll – Marco Rubio got a big bump following last week’s debate, a CNN poll shows. The Florida Republican gained 8 points since the last CNN national poll, and gets 11 percent of support from Republicans. The biggest post-debate jump went to Carly Fiorina, who went to second place with 15 percent. Donald Trump remains first but his support is at 24 percent, down from 32 percent. Read more

Donald Trump blames Jeb Bush for the recession in Florida – Billionaire businessman Donald Trump blamed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for the Sunshine State’s recession woes, saying Bush’s policies were the catalyst for financial disaster. “Jeb’s policies in Florida helped lead to its almost total collapse,” Trump tweeted on Sept. 8. “Right after he left he went to work for Lehman Brothers — wow!” Read more

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi wants to hire more attorneys – Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says she needs to hire more attorneys to handle a growing number of cases. Bondi this week submitted her 2016 budget request to the Florida Legislature. It included a request to spend nearly $650,000 to hire six more senior attorneys in her criminal and capital appeals division. Under law, Bondi’s office is responsible for handling appeals of any criminal cases prosecuted across the state. Read more

Gov. Scott’s tax cuts may be in jeopardy — A new financial forecast shows Gov. Rick Scott’s promise to pass $1 billion in tax cuts in the first two years of his second term may be in jeopardy. Lawmakers passed some $400 million in tax cuts in the 2015 session, with a $226 million cut in the tax that Floridians pay on their cell phone and cable bills being the most significant. Read more

With stinging critique of Florida House, Richard Corcoran faces pushback— The 44-page manifesto titled “BluePrint Florida,” released last week by state Rep. Richard Corcoran after he was officially designated House speaker for the 2016-18 session, reads like a nine-step plan to addiction recovery. It calls on legislators to develop coping strategies, challenge their creativity and adopt a cause to end the “dangerous” dependence on special interests and lobbyists that have “excessive influence and power in the process.” Read more

ICYMI: Debbie Wasserman Schultz HECKLED by HUGE crowd — of Democrats!!

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