Florida Five: DWS draws dubious primary opponent, RPOF ends year on a positive note

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

Wasserman Schultz and gyrocopter pilot
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Gyrocopter pilot to challenge Wasserman Schultz – A Florida man arrested earlier this year for landing a gyrocopter on the Capitol lawn in a call for campaign finance reform will challenge Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the 2016 primary. Lawyers awaiting the felony sentencing of Douglas Hughes informed the D.C. Circuit Court of his plans to challenge Wasserman Schultz, who also serves as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, in a filing Wednesday. Read more

Florida GOP touts its 2015 efforts to deliver 29 electoral votes in ’16 – The Republican Party of Florida has faced serious challenges this year, with Gov. Rick Scott halting all state party fundraising after his favored candidate for state chairman lost to Blaise Ingoglia. What’s more, Florida Senate Republicans are no longer raising money for the party and nor are other statewide office holders other than CFO Jeff Atwater. Read more 

Miami emerges as fertile ground for Brazilian babies – When Wladimir Lorentz started delivering babies of rich foreigners here, his first clients were Russians escaping autocratic rule, then Argentines facing financial ruin during their country’s economic collapse in the early 2000s. But in recent years, 46-year-old Dr. Lorentz has seen a growing influx of affluent clients from his native Brazil. Read more

Elections supervisors to court: Decide Senate redistricting by March 15, please – Florida’s election supervisors are asking the courts to resolve the state Senate redistricting saga by March 15 to protect the “quality and integrity of the (voting) process.” The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections filed its notice Wednesday with Circuit Judge George Reynolds, who is in the process of deciding how to redraw the state’s 40 senatorial districts. Read more

Who will fight medical-marijuana initiative this time? – With it becoming increasingly likely that Florida voters will be asked again to legalize medical marijuana, the group behind the ballot initiative must prepare for still-unknown opposition. United For Care, led by Orlando attorney John Morgan, probably has enough necessary signatures to get a constitutional amendment for medical marijuana on the November ballot. Read more 

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