Florida Five: Did Grayson illegally campaign from House office?, Putnam calls for crucial water policy

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

Grayson1What part of ‘no campaigning from House office’ does Alan Grayson not get? – Alan Grayson simply doesn’t get it. Once more, the Orlando Democrat is campaigning through his office in the House of Representatives, despite promising never to do it again. Last week, Grayson – who is running for Marco Rubio’s vacant U.S. Senate seat — held a radio interview… Read more

Adam Putnam calls on lawmakers to approve water policy – Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Monday that Florida lawmakers must approve a water-policy plan floated last spring to avoid the types of shortages being experienced in California. Putnam, warning of “dark clouds on the horizon” at the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Future of Florida Forum, also spoke of the need to further improve educational options in the state and for a third natural-gas pipeline to be built to further diversify the state’s energy sources. Read more

Congressional maps now in judge’s hands – Florida’s third redistricting trial came to a close Monday, leaving the fate of the state’s 27 congressional districts in the hands of a Leon County Circuit Court judge who has less than three weeks to make a recommendation to the Florida Supreme Court. Judge Terry Lewis will decide which of the seven maps proposed to him by the GOP-controlled House and Senate, or the variations on those maps drawn by the challengers, will emerge as the final political boundaries voters will see in the November 2016 elections. Read more

In Florida, Sen. Marco Rubio talks with retirees about age – Sen. Marco Rubio, his presidential campaign enjoying a jolt of sudden popularity, came to this sprawling retirement community on Monday and asked nearly 1,000 people who were old enough to be his parents to take a gamble on a young guy for president. With a mix of self-deprecating humor and sobering history lessons, Mr. Rubio, 44, gave a speech that was filled with references to his youth and to the perils he believes lie in electing a president who does not understand the seismic economic and technological shifts underway. Read more

Hillary Clinton headed to South Florida looking to turn things around – Now trailing many of the top Republican candidates in Florida polls, in the largest swing state on the map, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination, will be heading to the Sunshine State this week. Clinton’s team announced during the weekend that she will be heading to Davie Friday for a “grassroots organizing meeting … as part of the campaign’s ongoing effort to build an organization outside of the four early states and work hard for every vote. Read more

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