Florida Five: Confederate general statue may be replaced, DWS calls out Jeb’s ‘blunder’

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

Edmund Kirby Smith statue
Photo credit: MiamiHerald.com

Miami Beach woman’s push to replace Confederate general statue with environmentalist gains traction – The push by a Miami Beach woman to replace Florida’s statue of a Confederate general with one of Marjory Stoneman Douglas won support last week from the Miami-Dade Commission for Women. The commission voted unanimously on Wednesday to help Lynette Long ask Florida legislators to sponsor a bill to replace the statue of Edmund Kirby Smith, who surrendered the last military force of the Confederacy, with one of the champion of the Everglades. Read more

Debbie Wasserman Schultz calls Jeb Bush comment’s on phasing out Medicare a “massive blunder” – Democrats such as DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz are seizing on comments that Jeb Bush made Wednesday night regarding Medicare. Speaking at an Americans for Prosperity event in New Hampshire, Bush said brought up the government run health care program for seniors by first blasting television ads back in 2012 featuring a Paul Ryan-look-a-like pushing an elderly person off the cliff in a wheelchair. Read more

Congressional Black Caucus keeping eye on Florida redistricting – African American members of Congress are making it clear that they will be watching Florida’s redistricting efforts to assure black communities do not lose their voice in Washington. “The Congressional Black Caucus supports a redistricting plan that enables African American communities to have an equal opportunity to elect candidates of their choice to Congress,” said U.S. Rep. G. K. Butterfield, D-North Carolina, chairman of the caucus. Read more

Over 10 percent of Florida adults are barred from voting – It might sound like a headline from before the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but in 2015, over 1.5 million people have been stripped of their right to vote in Florida due to felony convictions. In a 2014 interview with Meet the Press, Kentucky Senator and GOP presidential hopeful Rand Paul called felony disenfranchisement the “biggest voting rights issue of our day,” adding that there could be “a million people who are being prevented from voting from having a previous felony conviction.” Read more

New hunting opportunities under consideration in Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge – A land swap with the South Florida Water Management District has given the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) the 2,586-acre Strazzulla Tract as part of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. The FWS is holding a meeting August 17th to discuss what public uses will be allowed on this tract of land. Under consideration is a small-scale hunt for deer and feral hog in coordination with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Read more

ICYMI: Manipulating Florida’s environmental agenda: The Everglades Foundation and Everglades Trust

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