Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:
Thousands turn out for Donald Trump’s speech in Jacksonville – Thousands of supporters chanting “Trump, Trump, Trump” and “Build the Wall” cheered presidential candidate Donald Trump throughout his 80-minute speech Saturday to a crowd crammed into The Jacksonville Landing’s courtyard. Coming on the heels of Trump’s campaign stop Friday in Miami, Jacksonville is the second Florida city visited by Trump as polls show him leading two other candidates who are rooted in state politics — former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. Read more
‘Don’t hurt ’em’: Trump’s Miami rally off the charts; rabble-rousers booted for own safety – When Donald Trump went to Miami, he knew he’d have some protestors, and he dealt with it, Trump-style. Speaking at his Doral resort Friday night, Trump made no bones about who was welcome—and who was not. Excited Trump supporters jammed the ballroom, while Univision was banned from the premises. Read more
Rubio on Clinton, Trump, music and movies – Marco Rubio is sure Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic presidential nominee. And he says Donald Trump isn’t ready to be commander-in-chief. The Florida senator who is emerging as an establishment favorite for the Republican 2016 nomination criticized both Clinton and Trump in a wide-ranging interview with CNN’s Jamie Gangel. He ripped Trump for not addressing important issues “in a serious way.” Read more
Bush makes campaign cuts, including reduction of Miami headquarters – Jeb Bush is the latest to make cuts to his campaign. Friday his campaign confirmed to NBC that they’re cutting 40 percent of payroll and cutting travel cost by 20 percent. “This means lean and mean and it means that I have the ability to adapt and the circumstances when we started the election were different. I have not met a person that thought Donald Trump would be the front running candidate at this point… ,” said Bush Friday in Virginia. Read more
Redrawn Senate map heading to floor Monday – All of Florida’s state senators will have to run for reelection in 2016 as part of a new Senate map proposal passed by the Senate redistricting committee Friday. The vote was 4-3. This redistricting special session is the latest after a contentious few months between the two chambers. Read more
Update: Florida bear hunt so successful it may end early
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