Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:
Watch: Democrats unveil Philadelphia convention with Philly cliché-laden video – Philadelphia is abuzz with news this morning that the Democratic Party will be coming to town for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, a bit of news the party made official with a video featuring Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and one very cold cheesesteak. To begin, Schultz, DNC chair, walks up to a refrigerator, opens it, picks up a cold, unwrapped half of a cheesesteak, and closes the door before slapping up a Philadelphia magnet. Read more
Could Cuban cigars soon make the trip to Southwest Florida? – Are people closer to lighting up Cuban cigars sold in the United States? Cigar stores in Southwest Florida are positioning themselves to be front and center of a potentially huge business. “I plan on rolling the first Cuban cigars in my shop, right here in Naples.” At Marcus Daniel Tobacconnist you’ll find cigars composed of the tobacco leaves grown in nearly every country in the Caribbean — except one. “I call it the big four, you’ve got: Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Cuba. We’re just missing one of those links.” Read more
Libertarian Party of Florida: Libertarians gaining new voters as Dems, GOP remain stagnant – From the LPF website: Fresh after earning record-breaking vote totals in the 2014 elections, the Libertarian Party of Florida has achieved another milestone in their quest to become a major political party. The LPF announced today that the number of registered Libertarians in Florida grew by an impressive 12.68% in the last quarter of 2014. During that same period, the Republican Party grew by a mere 0.2%, while Democrat registration fell by 0.009%. Read more
Mexicans angered over report of prominent political family holding posh U.S. real estate – As thousands of teachers from the state of Oaxaca in southwestern Mexico converged for a protest in Mexico City, the New York Times published a front-page article alleging that the family of José Murat Casab, a former governor of Oaxaca, and his son Alejandro Murat Hinojosa—the current head of Infonavit, the federal government mortgage lender for laborers—has amassed millions of dollars’ worth of property in the U.S. over the course of their careers. The family was reported to own six properties in the U.S., including a condo in Manhattan that overlooks Central Park and another in Boca Raton, Florida. Read more
Film industry fighting for tax money – Film and entertainment industry representatives want Florida lawmakers to show them the money. Again. Entertainment industry representatives made their case before a House panel Thursday, defending a now-dormant state program that issued $296 million in tax credits to film, TV and other productions over the last four years. A recently published report from state economists showed the program did not break even in terms of state revenue. “Our industry is a job creator . . . for every one person that you see on the big or small screen, there are at least 10 people behind them,” said Michelle Hillery, president of Film Florida, an industry trade group. Read more
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