Florida Five: Hillary tells Dems to vote on wrong day, Supremes pick new congressional map

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

Hillary surprisedHillary Clinton urges Florida Democrats to vote – on the wrong day – Hillary Clinton fired up a enthusiastic crowd in Orlando Wednesday, blasting the Republican presidential field for insulting countless Americans. “They seem more interested in seeing who can say the most offensive and insulting comments. You’ve heard what they said.” Read more 

What Florida’s new congressional map means for 2016 – Florida finally has a congressional map in place for the 2016 cycle after months of uncertainty and nearly four years of legal battles over the old district lines. The state Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon accepted a map proposed in October by Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis that will likely nudge a couple of the state’s House seats in Democrats’ favor. Read more

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Florida Democrats make gains with court-approved congressional map 

Florida Supreme court approves new congressional map 

How Uber mobilizes customers for political action – Uber customers in Austin, Texas, who ordered cars last month got a political prod, right on their phones: the option of a $50 horse-and-buggy ride. The offer was meant to lampoon a plan to fingerprint drivers, which Uber Technologies Inc. calls 19th-century regulation for 21st-century technology … “We certainly had pressure from Uber users,” said Melissa McKinlay, a Palm Beach County commissioner whose office was flooded with e-mails and calls — more than she’s ever received on any issue — asking her to oppose the rules. Read more

Related: Legislation to regulate Uber picks up support in Florida House

Out of the gate, Negron challenges Scott: $1B for universities – Ending nearly four years of political trench warfare, Sen. Joe Negron of Stuart was crowned Wednesday as next president of the state Senate and immediately promised to upgrade Florida’s universities. A soft-spoken lawyer and policy workhorse, the 54-year-old Republican will run the Senate for two years after next year’s elections if his party keeps control as expected. Republicans now hold 26 of 40 seats. Read more 

Gwen Graham staying course despite redistricting decision – Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham of Tallahassee on Wednesday said she was “disappointed” by the state Supreme Court’s decision in a redistricting case that could spell the end of her nascent congressional career. But Graham, elected in 2014, said she hadn’t decided which direction her public service will next take. Read more

Oops! Drunk Florida man drives off in $40G Mercedes after convincing valet it belongs to him 

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