Florida Five: Trump beefs up Fla. campaign team, New GOP candidate eyeing US Senate race

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

donald-trump-thumbs-upDonald Trump expands Florida campaign team – Donald Trump has made four hires to his Florida presidential team, the campaign announced Tuesday. Joining the operation are Jennifer R. Locetta as deputy state director, Ken Mayo as director of field operations, John Ross Pughe as southeast regional field director and Craig Bachler as director of coalitions. Read more

Former Secret Service agent and Md. Senate candidate Dan Bongino says he’s thinking of entering Florida U.S. Senate race – Republican Dan Bongino, the former Secret Service agent who nearly defeated an incumbent Democrats in race for Congress in Maryland last year, says that he is considering entering the Republican race for Senate in Florida, and will probably make up his mind by the beginning of 2016. Read more

Clinton to host Orlando ‘grassroots event’ – Hillary Clinton, already coming to Orlando next week for a private fundraiser, has added a public campaign stop as well. The Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign announced she will be appearing Wednesday, Dec. 2, at a “grassroots event in Orlando in order to help build support ahead of the March 15th Florida Primary.” Read more

Antiabortion group plans Dec. 7 rally at the Capitol – An antiabortion group is planning a rally at the Florida Capitol next month to demand that Gov. Rick Scott end state Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood. The rally at 1 p.m. Dec. 7 is part of a campaign being run by the Florida Family Policy Council that has called out the governor for not taking a harsh enough stance against Planned Parenthood in response to videos of the organization’s fetal tissue donation programs that have stirred outrage among conservatives. Read more

Could genetically modified trees save Florida’s orange crop? Scientists provide new hope for tackling tree-killing disease – There’s nothing like starting the day with a fresh glass of orange juice. But the cost of the breakfast favorite could soon rise as orange trees in Florida face destruction from a bug known as the Asian psyllid. The bug is expected to cause production in the sunshine state to be down to its lowest level since 1964. Read more

It’s that time again: Florida, Florida State kick off college football rivalry week 

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