Florida Five: Dems could surge with new map, New law effective Friday

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

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Redistricting ruling could bring Democratic resurgence in Florida Senate — In a ruling that could dramatically alter the balance of political power in Florida, a Leon Circuit judge on Wednesday adopted a map of 40 state Senate districts proposed by voter-rights groups. The new maps give Democrats, who have been politically irrelevant in the Legislature for much of the past 15 years, a chance to regain a majority in the Senate. Read more

Lawmakers propose reducing scratch-off ticket sales – It’s always odd to hear Florida legislators, mostly Republicans, say they want to run state government like a business. And it’s even more unusual to hear business-minded conservatives express some social conscience when money is concerned. So how come Rep. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, and Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, want to reduce sales of state government’s most profitable stock in trade? Read more

Human trafficking law goes into effect Friday – Expect a new sight at Florida strip clubs starting Friday. In an effort to curb human trafficking and help victims find safety, state lawmakers last year mandated that signs be posted in “a conspicuous location” to advertise a hotline they can call or text for assistance. Read more

Paul Ryan doubles down on support of Carlos Curbelo – U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., is going to bat for a congressman in South Florida and Democrats are looking to make an issue of it. On Monday, Ryan sent out a fundraising email on behalf of U.S Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., who is expected to be a top target for Democrats in the 2016 elections.  Read more

Jeb Bush cancels Iowa TV buy, shifts money to ground game — Jeb Bush’s campaign is canceling its Iowa television advertising buy and shifting money to double staff on the ground in January, the final month before the high-stakes Iowa caucuses. The news will raise questions about whether the former Florida governor might pull out of Iowa given his fifth-place status here, with just 6% support of likely GOP caucusgoers.  Read more

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