Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:
Gov. Scott: Common Core out in Florida: Yesterday, in an exclusive interview at Jacksonville Airport, Governor Rick Scott told The Report Card’s Bill Korach that Common Core is no longer the educational standard in the State of Florida. Accompanied by his Educational Policy Director, Dr. Kim McDougal Gov. Scott stated: “The Florida State Standard is THE standard, not Common Core.” I asked Gov. Scott what he would say to those who claim that The Florida State Standard is just Common Core rebranded. “The Florida Standard is derived from the Next Generation Sunshine State Standard, which was derived from earlier versions of the Sunshine State Standards. These standards pre-dated Common Core and are truly Florida’s own standards.” Read more
Court: Redistricting Documents Should Remain Secret: An appeals court ruled Thursday that a political consultant’s documents about the redistricting process could remain sealed, potentially throwing a wrench into the case of a coalition of voting-rights organizations fighting the state’s congressional maps. Meanwhile, inside a Leon County courtroom, a key aide in the 2012 redistricting process contradicted House Speaker Will Weatherford’s testimony earlier this week that Weatherford did not know about a 2010 meeting between legislative staffers and Republican operatives. Read more
Chris Christie says he’ll be a regular on Scott campaign trail: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, tagging along with Gov. Rick Scott during a campaign stop at Port Tampa Bay on Thursday, said he plans to stump with Scott throughout the summer. Flanked by Christie and a dozen shipyard workers at the Port Hendry shipyard, Scott visited the Tampa center to announce his ongoing initiative to improve Florida ports and to create more and better-paying jobs for Floridians. He called Christie a “close friend and a great competitor for job creation.” Read more
Bill Nelson joins Senate Dems to urge NFL to change Redskins’ ‘racist’ name: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and 48 fellow Democrats in the U.S. Senate have sent a letter urging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to change the team name of the Washington Redskins. Not content with just putting his name alongside his colleagues, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., sent his own letter, saying he does not believe the continued use of the Redskin name “is appropriate in this day and age,” the Post reported. Florida being home to the 2013 BCS football national champion Florida State Seminoles, of course. Read more
Juvenile justice secretary Walters announces her retirement: Gov. Rick Scott’s juvenile justice secretary, Wansley Walters, will retire June 30, she confirmed Thursday. Walters has led the department since Scott appointed her in January 2011. She is responsible for a number of innovations, including civil citations as an arrest alternative for juveniles who commit misdemeanors, and her strategies have been credited with helping to reduce the juvenile-crime rate statewide and the number of youths in detention. Read more
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