Florida Five: End to ‘wet foot, dry foot’ proposed, Senate witness pounded in map trial

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

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Miami lawmaker calls for an end to ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy – A Miami Republican wants state lawmakers to urge Congress to repeal a Cold War-era law that gives Cubans preferential treatment when coming to the U.S. The proposal (HM 959) by state Rep. Frank Artiles would be a non-binding “memorial” to Congress calling for repeal of the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966, which is often referred to as the “wet foot, dry foot” policy. Read more

Florida Senate’s single witness takes a beating in redistricting trial – The second day of the Florida redistricting trial ended early Tuesday as the Florida Senate presented a single witness in defense of its redistricting map who withstood a blistering cross examination before the Senate rested its case. Read more

16 candidates to be on Florida’s presidential primary ballot – Florida’s presidential primary ballot will feature 13 Republican candidates and three Democratic ones. Monday was the deadline for candidates to ask to have their name removed from the March 15 primary ballot. Read more

Grayson bashed Iran oil deals but profited from Iran oil partner’s stock – Democratic Senate candidate Alan Grayson has bragged about cracking down on firms that profit from Iranian oil, but he quietly made as much as $1 million by investing in one of those very companies. Grayson first bought between $350,001 and $700,000 of the Sinopec stock in 2013, according to his financial disclosures, which report investments in a range of figures. Read more

18 arrested in Florida for gift card and shoplifting scheme — A Putnam County man is one of 18 people arrested in Florida in a gift card racketeering scheme in Volusia County. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi joined detectives Monday to reveal a months-long-investigation. Deputies said the shoplifters stole merchandise from superstores, such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target, Toys-R-US and more. Read more

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