Florida Five: Push on to toughen texting while driving law, Grayson’s campaign staff bails

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

Texting while drivingTexting while driving could become a primary offense in Florida – Lawmakers are cracking down on the risky behavior of texting behind the wheel. Right now, it’s all too common, but there’s nothing law enforcement can do about it. That could all change as lawmakers consider making it a primary offense. Read more

Three top advisers depart in Alan Grayson campaign shakeup – Alan Grayson’s campaign manager’s last day was yesterday, according to a source familiar with the campaign. In addition to the departure of Doug Dodson, there are other changes. Read more

Related: Much of Rep. Alan Grayson’s Senate campaign staff jumps ship 

Gov. Rick Scott injects rare personal touch in tax cut push with Legislature – In an unusually personal appeal, Florida Gov. Rick Scott spent more than an hour on Tuesday directly pitching his plan for $1 billion in tax cuts to a key committee in the Florida Legislature. Governors rarely testify in person at legislative committee meetings, and Scott has long been criticized for not reaching out to legislators enough. Read more

Universities, Lake Okeechobee high on Negron’s priorities list as incoming Florida Senate president – Stuart Republican Joe Negron’s top priorities as Senate president will be improving Florida’s universities, providing funding for postsecondary scholarships and continuing water projects to prevent harmful outflow from Lake Okeechobee. Negron, who will be officially designated Wednesday afternoon as the Senate President for the 2017-18 legislative sessions, said he thinks the state’s 12 universities are the key to a vibrant economy. Read more

‘Legacy Florida’ bill would establish dedicated funding for the Everglades – A week after Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a 2016 budget that many claim severely shortchanges Florida Everglades restoration by limiting land acquisition, the Florida House of Representatives announced the creation of the “Legacy Florida” bill. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, establishes a dedicated funding source to restore the Florida Everglades. Read more

Florida Supreme Court agrees to take up slot machine dispute – The Florida Supreme Court is taking up a long-running legal dispute that could result in slot machines being added at dog and horse tracks across the state. The 1st District Court of Appeal in early October ruled that slot machines couldn’t be installed at a facility west of Tallahassee. But the decision was unusual because the court overturned its own decision. Read more

BONUS:

Jeb Bush to fundraise for Florida GOP

MLS commissioner Garber is fully committed to Beckham’s Miami deal

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