Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:
Florida Rep. Webster vows strong challenge to McCarthy for speaker – Barely 48 hours after John Boehner announced his bombshell resignation as speaker of the House Friday, discussion mounted that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was poised to wrap up enough votes from fellow House Republicans to take the speaker’s gavel when Boehner leaves at the end of October. Read more
Fight over Florida congressional map fueled by Senate power struggle – Sen. Tom Lee, one of the Senate’s most powerful Republicans, took the stand Friday in the ongoing trial over how to configure Florida’s 27 congressional districts and said that he did not draw a district to benefit himself and he had no intention of running for Congress. It was a rare, personal moment in the unprecedented process that has reshaped how redistricting works in Florida. Read more
Rubio climbs to third place in new national poll – Marco Rubio has jumped to a third-place tie with Carly Fiorina in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Donald Trump and Ben Carson are first and second with 21 percent and 20 percent of GOP primary voter support respectively. Rubio and Florina each have 11 percent. Read more
PolitiFact Florida: Jeb Bush’s boasting about Florida only tells half the story – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is hoping to sell voters on the idea that his time in Tallahassee means sound policy in the White House. “As governor, I cut taxes, cut spending, balanced budgets, and Florida led the nation in job creation,” he said in a campaign ad released Sept. 8. Bush boasted that his “proven conservative record” during his two terms makes him more qualified than other GOP presidential candidates. Read more
Bill seeks to remove wall between liquor, groceries – One of this year’s most heavily lobbied efforts — relaxing an 80-year-old state law that requires liquor stores to be stand-alone facilities — has been uncorked for the 2016 session that begins in January. Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, filed a proposal (HB 245) Friday that in part would repeal the section of Florida statutes that requires retailers to separately house liquor sales and bars any opening that allows access to other goods. Read more
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