Florida Five: Pam Bondi bets big on Florida Gators, 2016 Legislative Session sneak preview

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

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Oranges vs. apples: Florida AG Pam Bondi bets Gators beat Wolverines – The attorneys general of Florida and Michigan have made a friendly wager on the outcome of this year’s Citrus Bowl. The high stakes: Fresh fruit. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says she’s betting Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette a crate of — what else? — Florida oranges that the Florida Gators will beat the Michigan Wolverines in the New Year’s Day college football game. Read more

Coming up in the Florida legislature – Florida lawmakers will begin the 2016 legislative session Jan. 12, with bills related to guns, abortion and policing reform, among other subjects. Read more

Florida Rep. Corrine Brown files new challenge to Congressional district changes – Arguing that an east-west configuration for her district “combines far-flung communities worlds apart culturally and geographically,” lawyers for U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown asked a federal judge Tuesday to void Florida’s latest congressional redistricting plan. The complaint marks the next phase of a legal battle over the state’s political boundaries that has raged for nearly four years. Read more

Prosecuting juveniles as adults draws legislative debate – Bills are moving in the House and Senate that would limit the ability of Florida prosecutors to charge juvenile offenders as adults, a legal practice known as “direct file.” Each measure has passed one committee, and they could be on a collision course — turning on the question of how much discretion prosecutors should have in such cases. Read more

Florida’s revenue chief is stepping down – The executive director of the Florida Department of Revenue is stepping down. Marshall Stranburg gave notice to Governor Rick Scott and the state Cabinet that he will resign effective April 1st to take a job in Washington, according to his resignation letter and an announcement to department employees. Read more

Bonus: Florida’s top gun stories of 2015

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