Florida Five: DWS disastrous summer, Lawsuit challenges marijuana ‘lottery’ rule

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

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Kudos to Florida: How the state discarded DC, beat central planning, to land on top:Some states are governed well, and some are not. Compare states’ track records to each other and to the federal government, and you’ll learn lessons on old, top-down, closed, outdated ways that don’t work. Exhibit No. 1 is Washington D.C. and its top-down control structure — the very picture of broken, corrupt and obsolete operations. “Top-down” means a system imposed by megalith bureaucracy and stimulus-driven social engineering; it means somebody else, an autocrat in distant government, is deciding what’s best for you. Read more.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s disastrous summer: Debbie Wasserman Schultz should be counting down until the end of the summer.Simply put, the Florida congresswoman who leads the DNC had a disastrous season. Wasserman Schultz should have left the DNC on a high note in 2012 when Barack Obama won the White House for four more years. Instead, she is still there even as Democrats appear headed to losing more congressional seats and, most likely, control of the Senate. Read more.

Patrick Murphy: I’m in the middle, far from Pelosi; Carl Domino’s got it wrong: Former state Rep. Carl Domino is going all out to link U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., to Beltway Democrats even as the freshman congressman tries to blur partisan lines.Domino, who won the six-candidate Republican primary last month by a double-digit margin, pointed out last week that Murphy voted with ultra-liberal U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., 84 percent of the time. Read more.

satanic-book-for-kids-20140915Satanists want to give out materials in Orange schools: Religious group called The Satanic Temple is making plans to hand out literature in Orange County Public Schools later this school year, following distributions by atheist and evangelical Christian groups.The New York-based Satanist group hopes to use a distribution as a form of protest.”If a public school board is going to allow religious pamphlets and full Bibles to be distributed to students, as is the case in Orange County, Florida, we think the responsible thing to do is to ensure that these students are given access to a variety of differing religious opinions,” said temple co-founder and spokesman Lucien Greaves.The district has not received a formal request from the temple, but school officials say they reserve the right to review materials. Read more.

Costa Farms files lawsuit challenging agency’s marijuana ‘lottery’ rule: The Florida Department of Health says it wanted to use a lottery to select the companies that will dispense low-THC cannabis in Florida to avoid lawsuits, but on Monday the agency in charge of writing the medical marijuana rules drew its first lawsuit — because of the lottery.One of the state’s largest farming operations filed an administrative complaint against the Department of Health Monday, alleging that it is violating the law authorizing the selection of five companies to dispense low-THC cannabis by requiring they be selected through a lottery system.Costa Farms, on of the state’s largest farming operations in Miami, filed an administrative complaint against the agency, alleging that the lottery system violates the law authorizing the selection of five companies to dispense low-THC cannabis. It argues that the lottery system, adopted by the agency after three public hearings, “is not mentioned in the legislation.” Read more.

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