Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:
Florida governor signs pro-life bill for 24-hour waiting period before abortion – Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed a pro-life bill establishing a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. Scott’s signing the measure into law came after the Senate voted 26-13 and the state House 77-41. Florida joins 26 other states which require that women pause to reflect at least 24 hours before getting an abortion. Read more
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Poll shows uncertainty in Senate race – A new poll shows firebrand liberal Congressman Alan Grayson performing well in Florida’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary, confirming the fears of establishment Democrats who support a more moderate candidate, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy. Among likely Democratic voters surveyed by Saint Leo University Polling Institute, 27 percent said they would support Murphy and 24 percent chose Grayson, a spread that is within the margin of error. Read more
Local projects may snag budget talks – Lawmakers working on a budget are stuck on major differences over health care and conservation spending, but projects in the Central Florida districts of Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli also are hurdles to a final deal. Gardiner, R-Orlando, is pushing for nearly $60 million for the first phase of the University of Central Florida downtown campus, which isn’t in the House budget, and $20 million for Lake Apopka restoration (The House has offered $2 million). Read more
Public school principal defends McKinney cop on PRIVATE time; STILL loses his position – A South Florida high school principal was summarily removed from his position for an online comment defending the actions of the McKinney, Texas, police officer who drew his weapon on teenagers at a pool party before forcibly subduing a bikini-clad girl in a video that is making national news. “He did nothing wrong. He was afraid for his life,” North Miami Senior High School Principal Alberto Iber replied in response to a Miami Herald story, according to NBC Miami. Read more
Florida gas tax 7th highest in USA— Richard Miller moved from Detroit to Houston, then to Highlands County. “Gasoline is much cheaper in Houston,” said the retired Detroit police sergeant, who was filling up a Lincoln SUV at a Sunoco in north Sebring. Federal, state and local taxes boost the pump price by more than 51 cents in Michigan, but only 38 cents in Texas. Florida drivers pay the seventh-highest gasoline taxes in America, 54.82 cents on average, and in Highlands County it’s slightly higher, 55 cents. Read more
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