Florida Five: Is Gov. Scott with Team Trump?, Seminole Tribe preemptively sues the state

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

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How long before Rick Scott endorses Donald Trump? – Florida’s political world has long known about Rick Scott’s bromance with Texas Gov. Rick Perry. But in the crowded Republican presidential field, Scott also had extensive consultant ties to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and plenty of appreciation for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who led the Republican Governor’s Association when it pumped $18-million into Scott’s reelection campaign. None of those trains appear to be leaving the station, however. Read more

Seminole Tribe sues the state as ‘insurance ‘ despite reporting ‘significant progress’ in gaming talks – After weeks of intense negotiations with the Gov. Rick Scott and legislators, the Seminole Tribe of Florida broke its silence Monday and reported that “significant progress” is underway to renew its gaming compact with the state but also filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing the state of not negotiating in “good faith” — just in case things don’t work out. Read more

Redistricting challengers create new hurdle: deliver missing election data – The redistricting challengers threw a wrench into the map-drawing plans of the Florida Legislature late Monday, delivering election data to them that adds new detail to the question of where to draw minority districts — particularly in South Florida and Tampa Bay — on the eve of the first state Senate vote on Tuesday. Read more

Florida legislators propose Article V convention for constitutional amendment on congressional term limits – An effort in Tallahassee to propose congressional term limits is getting some national play as a political group showcased it on Monday. U.S. Term Limits, one of the leading groups in the nation pushing congressional term limits, highlighted proposals to call a constitutional convention under Article V to solely tackle the subject of federal term limits. Read more

Florida man gets 2.5 years in prison in $1.2B Ponzi scheme – A former investment adviser became the latest participant in disbarred attorney Scott Rothstein’s $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme to head to prison when a judge sentenced him Monday to 2.5 years behind bars. Michael Szafranski, 37, got less than the five-year maximum because of his cooperation with prosecutors against others in the scam. Read more

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