Florida Five: New poll shows Fla. voters lean Trump, Senate maps spark political firestorm

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

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Source: thefederalist.com

UNF poll shows Florida voters likely to vote for Trump – The River City is just days away from Donald Trump’s campaign visit and a newly released poll shows Florida voters are more likely to vote for him than any other Republican candidate. Researchers at the University of North Florida asked voters across the state to choose who they would pick if the election was held right now. Read more

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Florida legislators already at odds over new Senate maps – Florida’s Republican-led Legislature, which has split this year over everything from health care spending to new congressional districts, could be engulfed in a new political firestorm. Legislators opened up a 19-day special session on Monday with the goal of redrawing state Senate districts. Read more

Charlie Crist looks poised to run for Congress – Charlie Crist looks ready to make his next foray into the political world on Tuesday, when the former Florida governor will reportedly announce his campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives. An advisor to Crist, Kevin Cale, sent out a press release on Friday stating that a “major announcement” will be made by the former Gov. on Tuesday. Read more

Alan Grayson Loans Senate Campaign $100K – Alan Grayson loaned his Senate campaign $100,000 in the third quarter, his most recent campaign financial disclosure shows. Florida’s 9th District congressman is vying for the Democratic nomination in Florida’s open Senate contest against 18th District Rep. Patrick Murphy. Read more

Florida Senate jettisons Confederate battle flag from seal – A polarizing symbol is disappearing from the Florida Senate, after senators endorsed a proposal Monday to remove the Confederate battle flag from their official seal. Senators weren’t expected to take up the issue until the Legislature’s 2016 session begins in January, but Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, said he wanted to get it out of the way during the special session on redistricting so that staff could begin transitioning to a new emblem as soon as possible. Read more

BONUS: Who are the ’30 under 30′ rising stars of Florida politics for 2015? – To mangle Shakespeare, some people are born into politics, some fall into it, and some have politics thrust upon them. This year’s crew of the “30 Under 30” fall into all those categories. Read more

ICYMI:

University of Florida to keep biblical inscription despite atheist protest

Lifeboat quiz for sixth-graders is appalling: Would you save a black guy, Hispanic woman, Obama . . . ?

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