Florida Five: Fla. delegation reacts to Pope Francis’ speech, Redistricting drama resumes

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

Pope Francis addresses Congress
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Florida Voices: Pope Francis Addresses Congress – On Thursday, Pope Francis spoke to Congress, the first pontiff to ever address a Joint Meeting of Congress. Members of the Florida delegation offered their thoughts on the Pope’s speech on Thursday. Read more

Redistricting court drama resumes; Supreme Court to review next month – Lawyers sparred over Florida’s congressional districts in court Thursday, the latest episode of a three-year battle that has left the state without political boundaries for the 2016 election. The case is in court because the Florida Supreme Court threw out the prior maps in July, ruling that GOP operatives had infiltrated the redistricting process and packed Democratic voters in District 5, a skinny district that snaked from Jacksonville to Orlando. Read more

Related: Redistricting hearing focuses on dispute over Miami districts

Rubio: ‘I was outraged’ by Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s attack – Marco Rubio decried on Fox News Thursday night an attack from Debbie Wasserman Schultz over attending a fundraiser at the home of a man who owns Hitler paintings. “I was outraged,” Rubio told Bill O’Reilly, who opened his show by condemning Wasserman Schultz. Rubio said it was a sign Democrats are in a “panic” over the struggles Hillary Clinton has faced. Read more

RPOF gives presidential candidates option to skip Sunshine Summit – Amid criticism over a plan to block presidential candidates who don’t attend a November “Sunshine Summit” in Orlando from the primary election, the Republican Party of Florida on Thursday released its proposed ballot rule, including two ways to avoid the summit cattle-call. GOP candidates for the presidency will have three options to make Florida’s March presidential preference primary under the rule, which the RPOF executive board is scheduled to approve on Friday. Read more

Florida sheriff: Campus Carry, Open Carry part of exercising 2nd Amendment – With Florida Republicans working anew to pass legislation that will make it legal for women to be armed against sexual predators on campus, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey stresses that Campus Carry is part of exercising the Second Amendment. He believes Open Carry is part of exercising the Second Amendment too. Read more

Just another day in paradise: Customers duke it out in deli brawl at Publix supermarket in Florida (WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE)

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

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