Florida Five: Uber drives on in Palm Beach Co., Jeb balks at “Sunshine Summit” attendance rule

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

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Palm Beach County holds off on new Uber rules – Palm Beach County plans to push its Uber dispute down the road, possibly all the way to Tallahassee. The County Commission Tuesday decided to wait and see if the Florida Legislature next year passes new statewide rules for Uber’s car service, instead of creating local rules for the popular alternative to taxis. Read more

Jeb Bush opposes RPOF’s plan to force presidential candidates to show up for November cattle call – Jeb Bush opposes a move by the Florida GOP to bar any candidate from the March primary ballot if he or she does not attend a November “Sunshine Summit” cattle call. “Governor Bush is opposed to the proposed rules change. He does not believe it is appropriate to limit Florida Republicans’ choices in this competitive primary,” spokeswoman Kristy Campbell told the Tampa Bay Times. Read more

John Boehner continues to face opposition from Republicans in Florida delegation – U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, looks closer to keeping the gavel but he will still face opposition from members of the Florida delegation. Bohener received a boost in recent days as key Republicans, including U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, said they were supporting keeping him in charge. Read more

Redistricting witness lists include Tom Lee, Bill Galvano & Dem consultants; Lee: ‘I have clean hands’ – With the House prepared to attack the Senate redistricting map in court this week, as well as the maps offered up by the challengers, the list of witnesses is getting long for the hearing before Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis that begins Thursday. The House and Senate have submitted their lists which include Senate Appropriations Chairman Tom Lee, R-Brandon, and Senate Reapportionment Committee Chairman Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, the primary authors of the two Senate maps, as well as a line-up of redistricting experts and legislative redistricting staff. Read more

Las Vegas Sands calls it quits in Florida – The Las Vegas Sands Corp. is giving up its efforts to get a destination casino resort in Florida, its Tallahassee lobbyist confirmed Tuesday afternoon. Nick Iarossi, the Sands’ Florida lobbyist, said chairman Sheldon Adelson and other company heads made the decision over the weekend. Iarossi said the company as of Monday has been canceling consulting contracts for public relations and lobbying – including his. Read more

2016 Watch: Poll: Marco Rubio pulls ahead of Jeb Bush in Florida; Hillary Clinton in trouble

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