Florida Five: South Fla. golden for Trump, Dolphins want $3 mil of your tax dollars

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

Donald Trump Cruz intro 2For Donald Trump, South Florida makes it rain — dollars, that is – Donald Trump is a creature of New York. But when he comes to South Florida, it’s still a homecoming. The Donald has been a fixture in local power circles for three decades — and pulled in more than $90 million last year from the properties he owns in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. Read more

NFL’s Dolphins want $3 million a year in taxpayer subsidies, Daytona Speedway may be next – The home of the Miami Dolphins is the first to take the field seeking state money in 2016 for stadium projects, though such spending could continue to run into opposition in the Florida House. South Florida Stadium LLC, which oversees Sun Life Stadium, has again applied for up to $90 million in sales-tax dollars — up to $3 million a year over 30 years — as part of at least $350 million in renovations at the stadium that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has said he will pay. Read more

Update: Winners and losers in the Senate district lottery –This process has been as clear as mud but, alas, we have figured out who resides in which districts based on the numbering of the two maps that will be presented by Senate Reapportionment Chairman Bill Galvano on Friday. The Senate arrived at the second set of numbers Thursday using a random process – not too different from the Lotto balls and the tumbling cage used four years ago to randomly select which districts got the odd or even assignments. Read more

Florida Gov. Scott wants $250m to lure jobs to state — Florida Governor Rick Scott is asking for $250 million in order to lure jobs to the state. Scott says the “Florida Enterprise Fund” would allow Florida to compete against other states trying to land manufacturers and other companies. He announced the proposal Thursday during a meeting of the state’s economic development agency. Read more

Lawmakers push poverty commission – 17 percent of the state’s population is living in poverty. Lawmakers say it’s about time to bring groups together and start coming up with real solutions. D’Andrea Williams is one of more than three million Floridians in poverty. “It’s hard making ends meet. I don’t want to stay where I’m at, but I want to get out of where I’m at to have a better foundation for my family,” she said. Read more

2016 Watch:

Bags of braggadocio packed, Donald Trump bringing presidential campaign to Florida

Jeb just creeped out a whole lot of people by calling this young girl ‘pretty hot’

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