Florida Five: Rubio mailer invokes Charlie Crist, Back to the map-drawing board for legislators

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

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A Marco Rubio campaign mailer in Florida – invoking Charlie Crist – A pollster for Marco Rubio must have tested several competing campaign messages for him — and found that his underdog 2010 U.S. Senate victory over Charlie Crist still resonates with voters. How else to explain that as part of Rubio’s first batch of 2016 presidential campaign mailers in Florida, the Republican invokes a foe from five years ago? Read more

It’s map-drawing time again for Florida legislators – Despite a bumpy and contentious year, the Republican-led Florida Legislature returns to the state Capitol on Monday with the goal of trying to draw up new maps for 40 state Senate districts. This marks the third special session of the year for legislators, and also marks the third time that lawmakers have altered the boundaries of state Senate districts since 2012. Read more

Miami-Dade clerk of courts asks South Florida members of Congress to create climate-change fund – Forget that one of Florida’s two U.S. senators is running for president and hardly making climate change a priority. A countywide elected official in Miami-Dade County is asking Republican Marco Rubio and every other South Florida member of Congress – plus Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson – to put federal money into the region’s efforts to adapt to global warming. Read more

Ted Yoho backs Dan Webster for speaker: ‘He will bring us together’ – Rep. Ted Yoho, the tea party lawmaker from Gainesville, says criticism of the House Freedom Caucus is off base and that he is supporting Dan Webster for speaker. “I have heard plenty of news stories – along with individuals around the district – say, ‘The House Freedom Caucus are obstructionists, they are hurting the process, and are not interested in compromise.’ This couldn’t be further from the truth and I take issue with this broad assessment,” Yoho says in his weekly constituent newsletter. Read more

Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.2 Percent in Florida – On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott announced Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.2 percent in September as 8,700 new jobs in the private-sector were created. In August, the unemployment rate was 5.3 percent. September’s rate was the lowest for Florida since February 2008, something Scott noted on Friday. Read more

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