Florida Five: Type JebBush.com and you get … what?, Festivus returns to Capitol

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

trump_leftType in jebbush.com, get Donald Trump’s presidential campaign page – A website containing GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush‘s name is mysteriously redirecting users to rival Donald Trump‘s campaign website. Typing in www.Jebbush.com pulls up the front page of www.DonaldJTrump.com, including a photo of the billionaire real estate developer flashing a victory sign and his slogan, “Make America great again.” Read more

Gov. Rick Scott signs $3 billion compact over 7 years with room for new slots licenses in Miami and Palm Beach – After months of negotiations, Gov. Rick Scott quietly signed a compact with the Seminole Tribe late Monday that will generate nearly $3 billion in added revenue to the state over seven years, allow the tribe to retain its exclusive operation of black jack card games, craps and roulette at its Hard Rock casinos and open the door for two new slots licenses in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. Read more

No Nativity or Satanic displays in Capitol, but Festivus endures – Visitors to the Florida Capitol likely won’t see a Nativity scene this year. They also won’t see a protest display from the Satanic Temple. However, they could see a menorah. And an irreverent disco ball-topped, multi-colored gay pride festivus pole — built of beer cans — might still be on tap. A Christian group that has put up Nativity scenes the past two years said Friday it won’t bring a creche to the Capitol rotunda for Christmas. Read more

Florida Bar pushes back against expert-testimony law – More than two years after the Legislature passed a controversial law aimed at tightening standards for expert testimony in lawsuits, Florida Bar leaders do not want the state Supreme Court to go along with the change. The issue stems from a 2013 legislative move to require Florida courts to use the same standard that federal courts use in determining whether expert testimony will be admitted. Read more

Florida judge upholds state’s 2 main voucher programs — Six years after a group of parents and education advocacy groups first filed a lawsuit that charged the Florida Legislature with shortchanging schools they had their first major moment in court on Monday. During a day-long hearing, Circuit Judge George Reynolds rejected a request by those who filed suit to shut down two state-created programs that pay to send children to private schools. Read more

ICYMI: ‘Yes, I said TARGET terrorists’: Fla. sheriff advises, ARM yourselves, FIGHT as ‘first line of defense’

Florida gets a Roll Call award – a good one: Rothenberg’s End of the Year Awards 

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