Florida Five: DWS draws serious primary opponent, Legislators haul in $28.5 mil. pre-session

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

DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZIn primary challenge, Wasserman Schultz faces unprecedented test – For Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the problems with the left just keep coming. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) chief has infuriated many Democrats with her handling of the party’s presidential primary debates … And now she’s facing a primary challenge from a liberal Wall Street reformer who says she’s a corporate shill detached from her district. Read more

Legislators’ pre-session fundraising haul – $28.5 million in six months – is impacting legislation – As Florida legislators begin their annual session in an election year, at least $28.5 million has been funneled into legislative political committees in the last six months, fueling progress on priority legislation for many industries, and blocking other ideas from advancing, according to a Herald/Times analysis. Read more

Damaged communities begin cleanup after deadly tornadoes hit – Gov. Scott toured the damaged communities in Sarasota and Manatee counties at about 2 p.m. Sunday after tornadoes and storms rolled through the area, damaging homes, ripping off roofs and killing two people in Duette early morning hours. He said that it is still unclear if the state government will seek a disaster declaration, the damage still needs to be assessed. Read more

Gwen Graham faces ‘tough decision’ on political future – An optimistic Rep. Gwen Graham arrived on Capitol Hill a year ago, the darling of a Democratic Party that had suffered stinging losses in mid-term elections around the nation. It hasn’t been the easiest year. Graham’s legislative accomplishments have been modest, not surprising for a freshman member of the minority party. Read more

Education lawsuit nears trial – A lawsuit filed in 2009 alleging that Florida has failed in its most important duty — providing every student with a uniform and a high quality education — will finally go to trial in Tallahassee this March. To that end, the attorneys presenting the case are asking the community for financial help to ensure that they can make the most compelling argument possible for the state’s public school system. Read more

ICYMI: 5-Foot shark found swimming in South Florida condo pool

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