Florida Five: Trump beats Bush with Fla. Hispanic voters, Gardiner pushes Senate ‘rally’

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

Trump BushDonald Trump ‘trounces’ Jeb Bush with Florida Hispanic voters – If you’re looking for even more proof that the national media knows absolutely nothing about anything, not only is Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump beating home town boys Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jeb Bush in Florida, he’s beating them with Hispanic Voters. Bush has based much of his political identity on pandering to Hispanics, and Trump is trouncing him by +11 points. Read more

Rep. Daniel Webster runs on his tenure as speaker in Florida – If Rep. Daniel Webster, a little-known Florida Republican, wins his bid to become the next House speaker, lawmakers might not work past 6 p.m. Mr. Webster ended frenzied, late-night legislating when he served as Florida House speaker from 1996 to 1998, a two-year reign central to his pitch to succeed departing Speaker John Boehner. Read more

Gardiner: It’s time for Florida Senate to ‘rally around somebody’ – Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, says he decided to call a caucus meeting of all 26 Senate Republicans in December because of the need for senators to “rally around somebody” and bring to an end to the long-running leadership battle between Sens. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, and Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater. “It’s been three-and-a-half years that Senator Negron and Senator Latvala have been at it…” Read more

Large stormwater discharges could hurt reefs (Video) – Aerial photos of stormwater flowing into the ocean are sparking concerns on the Treasure Coast. The photos were taken Saturday and show a large, dark plume of murky freshwater along Jupiter Island south of the St. Lucie Inlet. “It was really, really massive,” photographer Cam Collins said. “It had to have been at least 10 miles.” The freshwater is not from Lake Okeechobee, but rather stormwater runoff, according to the South Florida Water Management District. Read more

Gambling talks include slots for Palm Beach County – Seminole casinos would get craps and roulette, a Palm Beach County dog track could have slot machines and the state could reap at least $3 billion over seven years, under a gambling deal being negotiated between state leaders and the tribe. The agreement — still a long way from being finalized — also would allow a new gambling operation in Miami-Dade County to start up with slot machines and permit dog tracks to stop racing greyhounds while retaining lucrative card rooms. Read more

2016 Watch – just for fun : Florida Man hoping to get more Wall Street money than other Florida Man

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