Florida Five: Clinton bars press from Tampa event, Ballot set for March pres. primary

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

Hillary-pHillary Clinton bars press from her Tampa ‘conversation’ – From William March: Organizers are expecting a crowd of more than 200 at the “Conversation with Hillary Rodham Clinton” Wednesday at the home of Alex Sink, Clinton’s first campaign event in Tampa in this race, but they won’t include any reporters. “They aren’t allowing any press,” Sink said in response to a request from a Times reporter to attend. Read more

Florida’s 2 main parties turn in names for March presidential primary – Florida voters, especially registered Republicans, will have to contend with a very crowded presidential primary ballot. Florida’s two main political parties have officially submitted the names of the candidates on the state’s March 15 primary. Read more

Donald Trump turns to first woman Marine in combat to lead Florida veterans team – Continuing his efforts in Florida, businessman Donald Trump turned to a decorated veteran to help lead his campaign in the Sunshine State.  On Saturday, Trump spoke at a rally in Sarasota and was introduced by Kathryn “Kat” Gates-Skipper. Trump also named Gates-Skipper, the first woman Marine in combat during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Read more

Florida senators who could go under oath for redistricting trial include Flores, Diaz de la Portilla – Two Miami senators and a long list of Republican political operatives join Senate President Andy Gardiner and Senate redistricting chairman Bill Galvano as potential witnesses in the week-long Senate redistricting trial that begins Dec. 14. Read more

Meet the state lawmaker who wants to slap $5K-a-day fines on sanctuary city officials – A Florida state senator proposes to impose a fine of up to $5,000 a day on officials of “sanctuary cities” who don’t follow federal immigration enforcement policies. “In Florida, [sanctuary cities] enjoy sovereign immunity, meaning they’re shielded from being sued on any of their decisions in conducting their business,” state Sen. Aaron Bean, sponsor of the bill, told The Daily Signal. Read more

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