Florida Five: GOP chair has last laugh on media, Judge deals blow to Fair Districts lawsuit

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

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Maybe, just maybe, the media was too quick to criticize Blaise Ingoglia’s Sunshine Summit planning – So much for Blaise’s Blunder… After a few hiccups and a barrage of negative attention from Florida’s political media, namely the Tampa Bay Times’ Adam Smith and, to a lesser extent, POLITICO Florida’s Marc Caputo, the Florida GOP’s Sunshine Summit will see at least 12 presidential candidates attend the event, while the Summit’s overall importance continues to increase as Florida becomes more competitive — and a more attractive prize — in the 2016 GOP primary. Read more

Federal judge dismisses Fair Districts suit – In a stinging blow to opponents of the state’s anti-gerrymandering amendments, a federal court this week has thrown out a lawsuit filed by two Florida Republican Party officials who claimed the new law violated the constitution because it had a “chilling effect” on their free speech and petition rights. Read more

What does Uber’s return to Broward mean for the future of TNCs in Florida? – Ridesharing giant Uber returns to Florida’s second-largest county today after a two and one-half month hiatus. This development both appears to resolve the at-times nasty public battle over whether transportation network companies would be allowed to operate legally in Broward County and highlights why the Legislature needs to take up a statewide solution when it reconvenes next January. Read more

Carlos Lopez-Cantera’s Senate fundraising haul – Republican Lieutenant Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera reports raising $462,404 in the last quarter and has $380,000 on hand for his U.S. Senate campaign. So here’s a rundown of the main candidates’ fundraising, according to the campaigns. Read more

Patrick Murphy far outpaces Alan Grayson in third-quarter money race – U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy raised twice as much money in the past three months than his Democratic primary opponent Alan Grayson. According to third-quarter numbers released by the campaigns Thursday, Murphy raised $1.5 million and Grayson raised $743,000. Thursday was the deadline for candidates to report their July through September fundraising totals. Read more

ICYMI: Reporter asks Wasserman Schultz if her children were ‘human beings before they were born’

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