Florida Five: Fla. death penalty faces changes, Alan Grayson’s offshore hedge fund questioned

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

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Florida death penalty may face court and legislative changes – Through the Legislature or the courts, change may be coming to Florida’s death penalty. Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in Hurst v. Florida, a case that seeks to have the state’s death penalty sentencing process declared unconstitutional because Florida does not require a unanimous jury recommendation to impose a death sentence. Read more

Documents raise more questions about U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson’s offshore hedge fund – Public records obtained by the Tampa Bay Times add ammunition to critics who say Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alan Grayson’s use of a hedge fund in the offshore tax haven of the Cayman Islands may have violated U.S. House ethics rules that ban receiving improper outside compensation. Read more

Braynon offers a map that makes big changes to Miami Dade, Orlando and Tampa Bay – Working alone with only a tape recorder and the Senate redistricting staff director, Democratic Sen. Oscar Braynon drew a Senate map and filed it today for the redistricting special session because, he said, he “wanted to prove that Democrats can draw maps too.” Whether Braynon’s map will be accepted by the Republicans in the Senate is an open question … Read more

Florida governor calls for “Career in a Year” initiative for technical colleges – Saying he wants to spend $20 million to help technical schools respond quickly to employer needs, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday began what is likely to be a stream of announcements about his upcoming budget proposal. Scott’s office said 48 technical colleges and centers would be eligible for competitive grants, which would be geared toward programs that could be completed in less than 52 weeks. Read more

Bob Buckhorn still “looking at” possible run for governor in 2018 – For several years now, it’s been a given that Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn was going to try to take his brand of leadership to a new level in 2018 and run for the Democratic nomination for governor. Facing just token opposition in his bid for reelection, Buckhorn won with nearly 96 percent of the vote in March, setting himself up perfectly for a presumptive run for higher office. Read more

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