Florida Five: Columba Bush hits social media, How Fla. delegation voted on shutdown

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

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Columba Bush on Twitter: Jeb’s wife, famously private, grows more vocal, tweets about Trump, domestic violence – Could Columba Bush be slowly warming to the spotlight? The wife of Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been gradually stepping up her presence on Twitter in recent days, tweeting about domestic violence, her Hispanic heritage and, of course, her husband in what could be an attempt to boost attention toward a lagging 2016 White house hopeful. Read more

Florida Republicans split votes on measure to avoid shutdown – The U.S. House this afternoon voted 277-151 to pass a measure to keep the government funded through December. Here’s how Florida Republicans stood on the issue… Read more

Related: GOP Senate candidates take differing approaches to government shutdown

New laws go into effect on Oct. 1 – Nearly 30 new laws go into effect Thursday, Oct. 1, ranging from prohibiting placing “tracking devices” on people’s cars and outlawing “revenge porn” to making it a crime to impersonate a firefighter. One omnibus highway law becoming law allows a law enforcement agency to spend up to $5,000 “to cover funeral and burial expenses of a law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty.” Read more

Sugar industry leaders mark start of harvest season with defense of cane burning – Citing “mountains” of air quality data and public health records, representatives from South Florida’s public health field and the sugar industry on Wednesday struck back against opponents of cane burning, an industry practice that sugarcane growers deem necessary to bringing the crop to market in Florida. Read more

Florida CFO Jeff Atwater reconsidering U.S. Senate race – Almost six months after Jeff Atwater unequivocally declared he would not be a candidate for the U.S. Senate, the state’s elected chief financial officer is once again considering jumping into the contest saying there is still a possibility he will run in 2016. Read more

ICYMI: ‘You are sick’: Social media trashes Wasserman Schultz for Planned Parenthood stunt

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