Florida Five: Trump talking pens seized by US Customs, Gov. Scott quietly meets with Seminoles

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

Donald Trump talking pensTampa businessman’s talking Donald Trump pens seized by U.S. Customs – In the Tampa Bay area, a debate is brewing over whether a local businessman can cash in on the presidential candidates. Jay Kamhi came up with the idea of the talking pen decades ago in his Clearwater basement. He features everything from the Simpsons to the Jonas Brothers. “We’ve probably sold two million or three million pens,” said Kamhi. Read more

Related: Rubio helps guy out with shipment of Donald Trump novelty talking pens

Seminoles secretly meet with Rick Scott over blackjack – Representatives of the Seminole Tribe of Florida have been meeting secretly with Gov. Rick Scott and his staff this week as the deadline grows near for a new deal for the tribe to continue offering blackjack and other card games at its casinos. The two sides met Tuesday, as first reported by the Miami Herald, and again Wednesday, according to Seminoles spokesman Gary Bitner. Read more

Legislative issues for 2016: tax cuts, health care, guns and water – Tax cuts, health care funding, guns and water policy loom large when 2016 legislative session starts in January. Declaring 2016 “the year of the manufacturer,” Gov. Rick Scott told reporters at the annual Associated Press pre-session media day that he would push for tax reductions that surpass last year’s $400 million in cuts, additional funding for Enterprise Florida to woo businesses to the state and make permanent the manufacturing industry’s sales tax exemption on equipment purchases. Read more

Draft Senate maps released as special session looms – The Legislature on Wednesday released six draft maps of Senate districts for a special session that begins next week, opening up the next phase of a long-running battle over Florida’s congressional and legislative lines. The “base maps” drawn by legislative aides were released days before lawmakers return to Tallahassee for a three-week session to approve new districts for the 40 Senate seats. Read more

5 US Senate candidates address Florida reporters, editors – Five major candidates for U.S. Senate addressed editors and reporters from across Florida Wednesday, acknowledging the frustration with Washington and all predicting they can do something to help change the atmosphere there and get something done. What they want to get done is where some of the differences are between the Democratic and Republican candidates that attended a meeting hosted by The Associated Press. Read more

ICYMI: What’s with all the white guys? Watch Wasserman Schultz squirm after Jorge Ramos turns on her

Bonus: Florida theme parks brew up bigger Halloween thrills

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