Florida Five: ‘Nonpartisan’ races – Yeah, right, Modified Senate map might work

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

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‘Nonpartisan’ elections are nonpartisan in name only — but won’t change anytime soon – “Vote Republican.” It was a strange mailer to get in an officially nonpartisan race, but Orlando mayoral candidate Paul Paulson just said in his recent mailings what everyone involved in local politics already knows: “Nonpartisan” elections are often seeped in partisanship, from the county races down to municipalities. Read more

Modification pushes Senate redistricting map closer to consensus— Faced with a close vote on a leadership-backed map to redraw state Senate districts, the Florida Senate agreed to modify three minority-based districts in Miami-Dade County Tuesday, hoping to win the crucial votes needed to send the proposal to the House and win support for the revision in court. Read more

Florida voters spurn Bush, Rubio for Trump — Donald Trump walks into a bar … In any other year, this might have been a windup for a joke. But on this evening in late October 2015, Trump is no punch line. And had Trump rivals Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio been present when Trump entered the room — flashing his smile, shaking hands indiscriminately, with everyone rushing to find their phones to capture this rare moment — they wouldn’t be laughing. Read more

Time to think about revising the constitution – Once every 20 years Florida convenes a Constitution Revision Commission to recommend changes to the constitution for voters to consider. It’s time to start thinking about changing the constitution. Once every 20 years Florida convenes a Constitution Revision Commission to recommend changes to the constitution for voters to consider. Commissioners will meet again in 2017 and 18 legal, political and voting rights groups have banded together to get people talking about what they would like included in the constitution. Read more

Anti-Common Core group asking presidential candidates to repeal education standards – The Common Core State Standards may have initially been accepted when many states agreed to adopt the education initiative in 2010, but the years haven’t necessarily been kind to the education standards – and five years later, many of its fiercest critics are not backing down from their demands to repeal the standards entirely. Read more

Forget politics, it’s time for the World Series: Who gets a World Series ring? Sometimes, you’d be surprised

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