Florida Five: Fla. donors hedge bets for 2016, Lawmakers send message on map process

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

bush-rubioSome Florida donors hedged their bets and gave to both Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush – In Florida’s political tug-of-war between Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, some fans quietly chose to help both sides. At least 45 people in the state have made financial donations to Miami’s two presidential candidates, totaling nearly $221,000 between both campaigns as of the end of October, a Miami Herald analysis found. Read more

Rubio releases more credit card statements, team says ‘nothing to hide’ – Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio released on Saturday more of his credit card statements, in an apparent attempt to curtail continued questions and criticism about his personal finances. As the Florida senator enjoys a recent rise in the polls, he has also been attacked by his 2016 White House rivals and others for using an American Express card issued by the Republican Party of Florida for some personal spending as a state lawmaker. Read more

Florida lawmakers ponder new redistricting methods — After a second consecutive redistricting session fell apart Thursday and the Legislature went home yet again without passing a map, lawmakers’ message was more or less: We told you so. Five years ago, with voters set to decide whether to add the anti-gerrymandering “Fair Districts” amendments to the Florida Constitution, legislative leaders argued against it. Read more 

Medicaid expansion is proving to be a bad bargain for states – Advocates in Washington of the Affordable Care Act have been fighting tooth and nail to preserve the president’s signature health-care law—and they’re fighting even harder to expand it in the states. Conservative lawmakers in our home states of Utah and Florida recently defeated a combined three proposals to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare. They were absolutely right to do so, as the fiscal messes in states that did expand Medicaid demonstrate. Read more

Rhea Chiles, wife of former governor, dies at 84 – Rhea Chiles, 84, the wife of former Gov. Lawton Chiles who was an influential force in her husband’s policy initiatives as governor and U.S. senator and an accomplished artist, died Sunday at her home on Anna Maria Island. She had been attended by hospice. Read more

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