Florida Five: Carly teases Fla. crowd with Hillary debate, Poll finds GOP is anti-compromise

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

fiorinaCarly Fiorina in Fla: You know you’re dying for me to debate Hillary Clinton – Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina got right to the point Wednesday night as she addressed several hundred Republican activists in Hernando County. “You know in your heart of hearts that you cannot wait to see me debate Hillary Clinton,” Fiorina said, and the crowd roared their approval at the former Fortune 500 CEO who has been a standout in the Republican presidential debates. Read more

AP Poll: Republicans want principles, not compromise – As GOP lawmakers in the House decide whether to unite around Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as the next speaker, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds Republicans nationally prefer congressional leadership that will stand on conservative principles, not compromise — even if it leads to a government shutdown. Read more

Elections agency won’t weigh in on Senate redistricting spat – The future is too heavy for the Florida Department of State. The agency, which houses the Florida Division of Elections, won’t say how they interpret the state’s election law amid a contentious fight over redrawing 40 state Senate districts. The dispute centers on whether or not some senators will have to run for reelection in 2016. Read more

Webster: I’m still running for speaker, Ryan’s plan doesn’t change the process – Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) stated that he’s staying in the race for speaker and that he doesn’t see anything in Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) plan that changes “the way the process is” on Wednesday’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel. Read more

Fla. legislators targeting daily fantasy sports – Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner is exploring what the state can do to shut down daily fantasy sports, even as federal prosecutors are probing the online industry that has taken the nation by storm and drawn accusations of illegal gambling. Gardiner has asked his lawyers to look into fantasy sports, in which players pay entry fees to draft teams that compete for cash prizes based on the real-life performance of players. Read more

Trouble brewing: Family seeks answers after black drummer killed by officer

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