Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:
Rothstein’s ex-general counsel admits fraud – The man who was Scott Rothstein’s general counsel at the notorious Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy Thursday. David Boden, 53, of Hallandale Beach, who received a salary of $500,000 a year, admitted his role in the fraud case during a brief hearing in federal court in West Palm Beach. Boden, who has been cooperating with prosecutors, was charged last month with helping to work out numerous fraudulent deals that were part of Rothstein’s $1.4 billion investment fraud scheme.
Florida Redistricting Case Heads to State Supreme Court – The Florida Supreme Court voted Thursday to hear a case challenging Florida’s congressional map, setting oral arguments for March. According to The Associated Press, the court ruled 5-2 to take up the case, fast tracking it through the appeals process. On Oct. 1, the First District Court of Appeal ruled the case should be taken up directly by the state’s highest court. With their vote on Thursday, the Supreme Court judges accepted the case. The redistricting case unfolded over the summer as a coalition of plaintiffs, including the League of Women Voters, charged that the Sunshine State’s congressional map violated the state’s Fair Districts amendments. Read more
Gubernatorial candidates make overtures to female voters – From the sound of things, Florida’s gubernatorial candidates consider female voters key to the Nov. 4 election. Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist stressed his record on women’s rights Thursday while campaigning in Broward County. Sen. Anitere Flores issued the response from Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign. “Charlie Crist is waging a serious and offensive war on women,” said Flores, a Miami Republican. “First he takes $90,000 in campaign cash from strip club bosses who ran prostitution and drug rings, then he said ‘it’s worth it’ to lose another 500,000 jobs. There’s no telling how many of those jobs will belong to Florida women. Last time Charlie was governor, 244,000 women lost their jobs.” Read more
Police union in Miami-Dade launches own “racy” radio show – John Rivera, head of Miami-Dade’s police union and a leading foe of county Mayor Carlos Gimenez, has secured his own radio show. The union is buying time for a twice-a-month radio show on 880 AM, and the premiere hour-long episode [aired Thursday night] at 9 p.m. Rivera and other union leaders will tackle “topics and issues facing our community which require more than 15 second soundbyte responses,” according to a release from the Police Benevolent Association union. “According to Rivera, like most things the Dade County PBA undertakes, the show will be racy and thought provoking.” Read more
FL Supreme Court says warrantless cell phone spying a no-go – Thanks to the Florida Supreme Court and a drug dealer, Sunshine State police can no longer track unsuspecting citizens through their cell phones without a warrant. That’s welcome news to those concerned about local law enforcement’s use of advanced surveillance technology, sometimes supplied by military contractors, to monitor cell phone locations and incoming and outgoing phone numbers. Public records obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union show the practice has been widespread and mostly under the radar. Read more
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