Florida Five: Nuclear deal vote has Fla. Dems in a bind, Special legislative session implodes

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

dejavu-debbieLooming vote on Iran deal puts Florida Democrats in a fix – A looming vote on a nuclear deal with Iran, one of President Barack Obama’s top priorities, has Florida Democrats in a bind. More than a month after Obama announced the agreement, veteran U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is Florida’s sole Washington lawmaker openly backing the plan. Other Democrats — including U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who also serves as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee — are biding their time. Read more

Florida lawmakers fail to agree upon new congressional maps – After a two week special session, Florida legislatures failed to reach an agreement on drawing up new district lines. Senators staged a walkout and House members rejected requests to extend the session into a third week by a 96-3 vote. The session ended at noon on Friday. Negotiations over district maps broke down over changes the Senate made that put Sarasota County into one district and moved District 15 to include all of eastern and southern Hillsborough County. Read more

Move to let courts redraw districts ‘deja-vu all over again’ – As Florida legislators dissolved their two-week redistricting session Friday without agreement on a congressional map, they acknowledged they were ready to repeat something they had done only once before in state history — turning over the complicated task of drawing maps to the courts. The year was 1992, when Bill Clinton and Ross Perot dominated national politics, Florida voters imposed term limits on politicians and Hurricane Andrew devastated Miami-Dade County. Read more

The Buzz: Florida Insiders say Trump’s candidacy will last until Florida primary in March and Jeb Bush will win it – Look out Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, the political world no longer thinks you will be the only real contenders for Florida’s March 15 presidential primary. In our latest Florida Insider Poll, nearly 80 percent of the savvy Sunshine State politicos surveyed predict that Donald Trump will be on the ballot as well. “The Trump bubble is certainly not going to burst as early as many of us expected — he is here for a while,” lamented one Republican. Read more

Foreclosure starts spike in Florida after months of decline — After almost a year of month-to-month declines, new foreclosure starts in Florida rose in July. The research firm Realty Trac reported last week that foreclosure starts increased 16 percent in July from the previous July. Florida had the nation’s highest foreclosure rate in July, with 1 in 408 homes having a foreclosure filing. Florida’s foreclosure rate had declined for the 10 previous months. Read more

Oops! Casey Anthony prosecutor Jeff Ashton admits using Ashley Madison website

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