Florida Five: Where 2016 hopefuls stand on Common Core, Potential candidate John Bolton busy in Fla.

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

classrooms-in-orlandoWhere 2016 candidates stand on Common Core – The names keep coming for the list of potential 2016 presidential nominees – and with a crowded pool, several issues will be hot talking points that will allow candidates to separate themselves from each other. Candidates will more than likely discuss immigration, the economy and job creation, but they’ll also be duking out one of the most controversial issues in American education: Common Core. Here’s where the candidates – and potential candidates – stand on the national education standards. Read more

Presidential-maybe John Bolton busy in Florida backing GOP hopefuls – A possible Republican presidential candidate offered a quick endorsement to a new U.S. Senate candidate in Florida as he continues his efforts in the Sunshine State. Former Ambassador John Bolton, who is looking at running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 and was President George W. Bush’s ambassador to the United Nations, threw his support behind U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis’, R-Fla., campaign to replace U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. in the Senate. Read more

Florida wants judge to force Obama to reconsider funds – Florida is asking a judge to order the Obama administration to keep giving the state millions for its hospitals. The state on Thursday asked a judge to impose an injunction on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, alleging the state is illegally being forced to expand Medicaid in order to get low-income pool hospital funds. Governors in Texas and Kansas are also supporting Florida’s litigation. According to the filing, the state says they’ve addressed all the other requirements standing in the way of extending the funds other than Medicaid expansion. Read more

Jack Latvala hires top fundraiser Meredith O’Rourke as race for Senate presidency remains deadlocked – Locked in a fierce rivalry with fellow Republican Joe Negron to be the next president of the Florida Senate, Pinellas state Sen. Jack Latvala has hired top GOP fundraiser Meredith O’Rourke to shake trees for his Florida Leadership Committee. O’Rourke is the top fundraiser for Gov. Rick Scott and his political committee, Let’s Get To Work. She helped Scott raise a colossal $100 million for his re-election. Read more

Republicans defy critics of speaker on Islamic terrorism; venue backs out, forcing relocation – Palm Beach County Republicans are going ahead with their plan to host a speaker to discuss the threat from radical Islamic terrorism, but they’re now searching for a new location. The speaker in question is Geert Wilders, considered an anti-Muslim bigot by a leading Islamic organization, who appeared Sunday at a Texas event featuring cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed, considered blasphemous by followers of Islam. Two gunmen attempting an ambush were killed by a police officer before they could injure others. Read more

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