Florida Five: ‘Sith Lord’ Dick Cheney blasts Hillary, Officer who shot Corey Jones fired

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

Dick Cheney at Sunshine Summit
Photo source: Politico (Tom Benitez/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

To Darth Vader’s theme music, Dick Cheney wows GOP crowd — Dick Cheney embraced his inner-Darth Vader on Thursday night. As the dark theme music that accompanies the Star Wars villain played, Cheney took the stage at the Republican Party of Florida’s Statesman’s Dinner and wasted little time savaging the record of President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Read more

Lawmaker renews call for body camera regulations, after police officer who shot Corey Jones is terminated – A Broward County lawmaker is renewing his call for more transparency and accountability measures from law enforcement, now that the Palm Beach Gardens police officer who shot Corey Jones last month has been fired. Palm Beach Gardens officials announced Nouman Raja’s termination today. Read more

Related: Officer Nouman Raja fired from Palm Beach Gardens Police Department after Corey Jones shot, killed 

Florida Senate asks court to hire a redistricting expert to draw new map, House agrees — After months of feuding, the Florida House and Senate reached a redistricting truce on Thursday and asked the court to hire an expert to draw a new map revising the state Senate boundaries instead of conducting a five-day trial next month. “The appointment of a consultant would streamline this litigation and reduce the burden to the parties and Florida’s taxpayers by eliminating the need for costly discovery and a five-day evidentiary hearing,” wrote the Senate lawyers to Leon County Circuit Court Judge George Reynolds. Read more 

Marco Rubio unveils campaign chairs in all Florida counties – Marco Rubio unveiled a list Thursday of supporters for his presidential candidacy in every Florida county. Rubio has lagged behind Jeb Bush in home-state endorsements. But the sitting U.S. senator is the one climbing in presidential polls, sticking to his strategy of rolling out his campaign slowly and methodically in an effort to save money and not peak too soon. Read more

Jack Latvala and ‘the young lady from Louisiana’ running the governor’s office – Since his return to the state Senate five years ago, Jack Latvala hasn’t shied away from controversy. At times, the old-school Republican politician has been a thorn in the side of leaders in both chambers, and he hasn’t exactly let Gov. Rick Scott off the hook, either. Read more

Check your calendar: Clinton fundraiser set in Windermere

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