Florida Five: Trump to attend Sunshine Summit, Town balks at providing Hillary security

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

donaldtrump0712newDonald Trump, Mike Huckabee attending Florida’s Sunshine Summit – Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Mike Huckabee are one step closer to appearing on the Florida primary ballot in March, according to an announcement made Thursday by the state Republican Party on Thursday. “I am excited to welcome Mr. Trump and Gov. Huckabee to the growing list of presidential candidates speaking at the Sunshine Summit in Orlando,” said Florida GOP chairman Blaise Ingoglia in a statement. Read more

Florida town balks at providing security for Hillary Clinton – The South Florida town where Hillary Clinton is holding a campaign event Friday has refused to participate in her security detail, causing a dust-up among law enforcement agencies. Mrs. Clinton will attend what is being billed as a “grass-roots” rally Friday afternoon at Broward College in Davie, a town of 90,000 people about 25 miles north of Miami. Read more

Related: Hillary Clinton to stump in South Florida Friday

2 Florida state senators from Miami back Marco Rubio instead of Jeb Bush – The Florida Capitol has been Jeb Bush Country for months, something the former governor’s presidential campaign noted this week by trumpeting that 20 of 26 GOP state senators have endorsed him. The list was first published by Politico. Two of the senators not on the list are from Miami, Bush’s hometown. And they’re backing the other local Republican running for president, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. Read more

Conservative group challenges governor over Planned Parenthood – A conservative group that had supported the Governor in the past is now on the verge of turning on him over Planned Parenthood. The group is demanding that the Governor defund the program. A Governor ordered investigation into Planned Parenthood clinics in the state was not enough according to the Florida Family Policy Council. Read more

Libertarian Party drama: Goat sacrifice, eugenics and a chair’s resignation – Adrian Wyllie, chairman of Florida’s Libertarian Party, resigned his post Thursday to protest the party’s U.S. Senate candidate, accusing the rival of supporting eugenics and for being expelled from a cult group for “sadistically dismembering a goat in a ritualistic sacrifice.” The Senate candidate, who goes by the adopted name Augustus Sol Invictus, counter-accused Wyllie of spreading “half-truths and lies” for political gain.

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