Florida Five: Bush and Rubio open to more oil drilling, Hillary shuns public during Fla. visit

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

Marco Rubio greets Jeb BushJeb Bush and Marco Rubio open to more oil drilling as issue gains attention in Florida – Efforts to open up oil drilling off both Florida coasts could inject the issue into the race for president, and home state contenders Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are supportive of more production. Neither Republican appears receptive to legislation U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., filed last week to block a proposal from gulf state lawmakers that would end the ban on drilling within a certain distance of the coast. Read more

No public events on Hillary Clinton’s Florida swing – Remember how Hillary Clinton’s campaign had said she might do a public event as part of her two-day fund-raising swing through Florida this week? Looks like that won’t be happening. No public event has been scheduled, according to her campaign. Read more

Related: Florida Press Knocks Hillary for Hiding: ‘You Won’t Have A Chance To See Her’

Leadership fight drives race for campaign cash as Florida’s special legislative session nears – To avoid the appearance of conflicts, many lawmakers said they would not raise campaign cash leading into a June special session where they will write the state’s roughly $80 billion budget.Taking four- or five-figure checks from donors with items in the state budget, — days before finalizing the state budget —, was something they wanted to avoid, they said. Read more

First look — Americans for Prosperity goes in on Senate FHIX plan in new mailers – Conservative political group Americans for Prosperity-Florida told FloridaPolitics.com Thursday afternoon that it will target legislators supportive of a FHIX-style health care expansion plan with a new mail piece portraying the ongoing Senate-driven negotiations as a “game.” The mailers feature the number to Senate President Andy Gardiner‘s district office in Orlando and exhorts recipients to “Tell Andy Gardiner we’re done playing the Health Care game.” Read more

All Aboard Florida expects 5.3 million riders by 2020 – A high speed train between South Florida and Orlando would eventually attract 7 million riders a year and generate $400 million in revenue, according to report released today by All Aboard Florida. The planned passenger rail service, set to begin running in 2017, would initially see about 1 million riders a year, ramping up to 5.3 million a year by 2020 and 7 million by 2030, according the report prepared by the Louis Berger Group. Revenues are projected to be $293 million a year in 2020, rising to $400 million by 2030. Read more

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