Florida Five: Trump’s has big lead in Fla., Grayson ad accused of ‘closely skirting’ ethics rules

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

donald-trump-thumbs-upNew Poll: Trump has big lead in Florida; Cruz in second with Bush and Rubio battling for third place – A post-debate survey conducted for FOX 13 Tampa Bay, FOX 35 Orlando, and The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville) shows Donald Trump holding a 12 point lead over Ted Cruz. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are in a tight battle for third. The survey by OpinionSavvy in conjunction with InsiderAdvantage of 838 likely Florida primary was conducted Sunday, January 17 by IVR phone and mobile devices. Read more

Cubans stranded in Costa Rica start arriving in South Florida – The first group of Cubans- who were stranded in Costa Rica- arrived in Hialeah Gardens late Sunday night. According to our news partners at El Nuevo Herald, the group was part of the estimated 8,000 Cuban migrants stuck in the region- many of which are still waiting for their turn to get into the United States. Read more

Miami-based Telemundo gets to stay on as GOP debate host – Republicans will keep Miami-based Spanish-TV network Telemundo as an upcoming presidential debate host. But Telemundo parent organization NBC News will no longer take part in the event. The Republican National Committee announced the decision Monday for its Feb. 26 debate in Houston. CNN will replace NBC. Read more

Alan Grayson ad with congressional footage appears again, this time in debate – A campaign commercial for U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson played again Sunday night even though it had previously raised questions about closely skirting congressional ethics rules, an allegation the campaign denies. The ad ran in most Florida NBC markets during the second hour of the Democratic Presidential Debate Sunday night. Read more

Florida declares open season on pythons in annual challenge – Barefoot and accompanied by his beagle and pal Big Bill Booth, Dusty Crum eagerly set out to hunt, catch and/or kill as many Burmese pythons as possible. Crum is one of more than 600 adventurous men and women from 24 states who paid $25 to participate in Florida’s 2nd Python Challenge. The first, held three years ago, netted 68 of the snakes. Read more

Tomorrow: 10,000 school choice supporters to ‘Rally in Tally’ 

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