Florida Five: Trump’s ‘Freedom Kids’ take Internet by storm, Miami seeks help with Cuban migrants

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips as the 2016 Legislative Session gets underway:

Freedom Kids Donald Trump Jam‘Freedom Kids’ offer up a surreal performance, call on Donald Trump to ‘crush’ enemies at Florida rally – The people of the United States can thank Donald Trump for bringing the “Freedom Kids” to the forefront of American popular culture for their proverbial 15 minutes of fame. The decidedly offbeat act made a splash on the internet after their appearance at a pro-Trump rally on Wednesday in Pensacola, Florida. Read more

Miami Commission urges feds to send money to help with influx of Cuban migrants – Miami commissioners urged the federal government Thursday to provide “financial aid” to local governments and community organizations bracing for the arrival of thousands of Cuban migrants currently stuck in Central America en route to the United States, and likely South Florida. Read more

Bills addressing water, disabled quickly go to Gov. Scott— In a sign of increased harmony in the Florida Legislature, top priorities for the leaders of each house – a water bill pushed by House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and a package on education aid for the disabled pushed by Senate President Andy Gardiner – received quick final passage in the House Thursday. The measures passed the Senate Wednesday and are now ready to go to Gov. Rick Scott for signature before the end of the first week of the session. Read more

Big-name groups, leaders trumpet progress on legislative priorities – A major trio of political players at the Florida Capitol are happy with progress made Thursday on big-ticket priorities in the Legislature. The H2O Coalition, a water policy consortium affiliated with Associated Industries of Florida, applauded the further progress of what it calls comprehensive water reform in the Legislature. Read more

Florida teachers: “Enough is enough” with state education system— More than 2,000 educators across Florida rallied at the state Capitol on Thursday to protest high-stakes testing, for-profit charter schools and other statewide education policies they feel are harming students and de-valuing classroom teachers. With repeated chants of “enough is enough,” the crowd filled much of the plaza between the old and new Florida capitols to let lawmakers in the rooms above know of their discontent. Read more

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