Florida Five: Billionaire Bloomberg attacks Pam Bondi, Dem. Senate leader pushes big pay hike

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

Bloomberg ad BondiBillionaire Bloomberg attacks Fla. AG Pam Bondi, other AGs over opposing EPA regulations – Michael Bloomberg wasn’t able to flip the Virginia Legislature last week, despite spending more than $2.4 million pushing gun control measures. But the billionaire and former New York City mayor has jumped right back into the political arena, spending millions targeting attorneys generals in four states who are opposed to the Clean Power Plan, a sweeping regulation put forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Obama administration. Read more

Leader of Democrats in Florida Senate pushes for 68 percent pay hike for lawmakers – Three out of four times this year, the Florida Legislature has failed to complete its work as planned, yet that is not stopping one prominent lawmaker from pushing for the single largest pay raise in state history. The bill proposed by state Sen. Arthenia Joyner of Tampa, the highest-ranking Democrat in the Florida Legislature, would jump most state lawmakers’ pay 68 percent from $29,697 a year to $50,000 starting on July 1, 2017. Read more

A year out from Election Day in Florida, confusion, uncertainty reigns – As Douglas Adams wrote in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, “We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!” That pretty much describes Florida’s political landscape right now, with a year until Election Day (and, perhaps more astonishingly, just four months to the Presidential Preference Primary). Read more

Swing and a miss: The Rubio credit card ‘scandal’ that wasn’t – Before you read on, click through and check out Matt’s post from Friday on this general subject, which reviews the Washington Post fact-checker’s conclusion that Rubio deserves zero Pinocchios for his explanations of the credit card controversy critics have raised since his 2010 Senate run.  Rubio told the truth, the paper concluded, rendering the verdict that his “credit card saga isn’t really a scandal.” Read more

Gov. Rick Scott kicks off tax cut push with rosy budget projections – Facing a skeptical Senate and many competing demands for spending, Gov. Rick Scott hit the road Monday on a three-day “tax cut tour” to prod state lawmakers to back his call for $1 billion in tax cuts next year. With the feel of a candidate on the stump, a shirtsleeved Scott visited companies in Miami, Melbourne and Clearwater that could benefit from his package of business-friendly tax cuts, such as repealing a sales tax on equipment purchases by manufacturers and elimination of the corporate income tax on manufacturers and retailers. Read more

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