Florida Five: Gov. Scott pens pro-Trump op-ed, Dogfight erupts over So. Fla. Cruz backer

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

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Donald Trump has America’s pulse: Rick Scott – Political pundits are shocked that Donald Trump is leading in the polls. The same thing happened in 2010 when I entered the Florida gubernatorial race against the already anointed and establishment-endorsed sitting Republican attorney general. One establishment member even said to me, “How can you be governor? I don’t know you.” Read more 

Related video: Gov. Rick Scott: Donald Trump has America’s pulse 

South Florida GOP official risks losing party post over endorsement of Ted Cruz – The eyes of most political observers are focused on Iowa and New Hampshire, but a nasty dogfight within the ranks of the GOP is taking place far away, in sunny South Florida, and it could expose how political endorsements are made and rewarded. The Republican Party of Miami-Dade County in South Florida has made headlines in the last week because its vice chairman, Manny Roman, penned a piece for the Miami Herald endorsing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for president. Read more

Americans for Prosperity says it’s ready for 2016 Legislative Session – The Koch brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity organization has 36 state chapters across the nation, but none bigger than its operation in Florida, established in 2008. With 80 full- or part-time staff members, AFP has been aggressive in getting involved in legislative matters in recent years, sometimes to the consternation of Republicans who it ostensibly sides with ideologically. Read more

Fla. Gov. Rick Scott to launch $1 million TV ad campaign for tax cuts – Florida Gov. Rick Scott is launching an expensive television ad campaign to convince state legislators to back his tax cut package. Scott’s political committee will start airing ads next week in the state’s media markets. The ad buy by Let’s Get to Work is expected to cost more than $1 million. Read more

Florida deputy pleads not guilty in air rifle shooting death— A Florida deputy who fatally shot a man carrying only an air rifle pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a manslaughter charge, and his attorney predicted no jury would convict a police officer who acted with force in such circumstances. Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy Peter Peraza, 37, entered the plea at a brief court hearing. Read more

Finally a ‘Florida man’ to be proud of: Central Florida resident Ken Griffey Jr. voted into National Baseball Hall of Fame

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