Florida Five: 26 of 27 Fla. reps vote to crack down on visas, ‘None of the above’ leads Senate poll

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

Visa passportHouse cracks down on visa waivers with 26 of 27 Florida representatives on board – On Tuesday, the U.S. House voted to back the “Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Improvement Act” to improve security from terrorists coming over as tourists. The bill from U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., passed on a 407-19 vote on Tuesday and now heads to the Senate. All the dissenting votes were cast by Democrats. U.S Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., was the only member of the Florida delegation to vote against the bill. Read more

St. Leo Poll: Undecided leads Senate race; Jolly, Murphy follow – A poll released Wednesday by St. Leo University found the majority of Florida Republicans and a near majority of Florida Democrats have no preference yet in the U.S. Senate race to replace Marco Rubio, though Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly and Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy lead. Read more

Americans for Prosperity aims to stop Hillsborough OK of $29 million for Bucs stadium – Next Wednesday, the Hillsborough County Commission is poised to approve an agreement with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that will include spending $29 million in taxpayers money for improvements to Raymond James Stadium, the home of the Bucs that was built with public money back in 1996. That money would come from 4 cents of the 5-cent county tourist tax, which must be spent on sports facilities or promoting tourism. Read more

NRA’s Marion Hammer taking aim at the little scrub jay – again – The NRA’s Marion Hammer always loves a good old fashioned political fight in the Legislature, and she’s ready for another one, now that Democratic Rep. Mark Pafford of West Palm Beach, the House Democratic leader, wants to replace the mockingbird as the state bird with the scrub jay. Read more 

Florida’s orange crop in ‘free fall’ – The outlook for production of Florida oranges, the state’s signature crop, continues to drop. For the second consecutive month, the Florida orange-harvest forecast for the 2015-2016 growing season was adjusted down Wednesday by the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read more 

Good news! About 5,200 Florida teachers to receive bonuses based on test scores 

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