Florida Five: ‘Huckster’ Charlie Crist’s party crashed, Cha-ching – Top House & Senate fundraisers

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

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David Jolly crashes Charlie Crist’s campaign kickoff – Charlie Crist announced his campaign for Congress in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, kicking off his ninth campaign for elected office in 25 years. “Public Service is in my heart. I can’t help it,” the former governor and former Republican-turned-Democrat said at a recreation center surrounded by several dozen supporters and the ever-present fan keeping him cool. The real news from the event was U.S. Rep. David Jolly crashing Crist’s party to blast the man running to succeed Jolly in Congress. Read more

Related: Crist announces Florida House bid

Ex-Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist running for Congress as a Democrat

Top five fundraisers for Florida House and Senate for 2016 cycle – Despite major uncertainty about what Florida state senate districts will ultimately look like after a special session on redistricting concludes on Nov. 6, it is not slowing down candidates when it comes to raising money. Look no further that Senate Distict 1 in the Florida Panhandle for proof of that. Already more than $1.2 million has been raised by the two Republicans seeking that seat, setting it up to be one of the hottest state senate primary races in Florida in 2016. Read more

Joe Negron bill to cut ties with anti-Israeli boycotters sails through committee stop – A bill sponsored by state Sen. Joe Negron to prevent state funds from flowing to organizations that boycott or have divested from Israel on human rights grounds passed unanimously through a Senate budget panel general government Tuesday afternoon. Read more

Florida House subcommittee approves bill to allow breaking into vehicles to prevent heatstroke deaths – A Florida House subcommittee unanimously approved a bill Tuesday to allow people to force their way into a vehicle out of concern for children, disabled people or certain domestic animals without facing civil liability. “Since 2010, 16 children and 17 elderly individuals have died in Florida as a result of being left in hot vehicles,” said state Rep. Dana Young, R-Tampa, bill co-sponsor and majority leader in the House. Read more

Democrats want legislators to be fined for violating anti-gerrymandering law – Taxpayers shouldn’t be the only ones on the hook when legislators violate the state’s anti-gerrymandering laws, legislators should pay up too, according to a bill filed Tuesday by two Democratic lawmakers. Sen. Darren Soto, D-Orlando and Rep. Dwight Dudley, D-St. Petersburg filed legislation that imposes penalties for when legislators violate the Fair Districts provisions of the Florida Constitution. Read more

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