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Top 5 stories on Florida Politics.


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10/14/2015

 


 
 



Here&;s the latest Florida Five from The Daily Buzz:


 
 








1. Gov. Scott&39;s jobs, tax cut plans face uphill climb in state Capitol

Gov. Rick Scott kicked off the annual AP reporting seminar in Tallahassee Wednesday by calling for more money for jobs incentives and bigger tax cuts than the $400-plus million package he signed into law in June. Both ideas are likely to put Scott on a collision course with the Senate, where leaders are already on record as having other ideas. Meantime, Scott refuses comment on gun legislation.

 
2. RPOF has another slow fundraising quarter

For the second consecutive quarter, fundraising for the Republican Party of Florida continued to slump as infighting within the legislative ranks led senators and Gov. Rick Scott to continue to steer donors to separate political committees. The party, now controlled primarily by House leaders led by incoming House speaker Richard Corcoran, raised a meager $2.2 million in July through September, up from the $1.9 million in the last quarter – the lowest level in six years, but down from the $5.1 million raised during the comparable third quarter two years ago.

 
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3. Legislators release six staff-drawn &39;bases maps&39; for Senate redistricting session
Florida House and Senate leaders on Wednesday released six staff-drawn base maps that reconfigure the state Senate boundaries which they will offer up to legislators as a starting point for the three-week special session that begins on Monday. That map
s, each drawn by adhering to two different sets of standards, were designed to replace the enacted map produced by lawmakers in 2012, which legislative leaders conceded violated the anti-gerrymandering provisions of the Fair Districts amendments to the Florida Constitution.

4. Ron DeSantis raised $750k for Q3; says gerrymandering hurts GOP
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ron DeSantis raised $750,000 in the third quarter, his campaign said Wednesday. DeSantis of Ponte Vedra Beach "will start the fourth quarter of 2015 with nearly $2.5 million cash on hand," according to a release. In a sign of how cozy super PACs are with campaigns, the same release noted a committee backing DeSantis had already reported raising $1.2 million. Blown opportunity: DeSantis today in Tallahassee said Republicans have been “shortsighted” to draw congressional districts that have large populations of GOP voters and are easier for the party win.

 

 
5. Jeb and Marco bash Democratic debate

Jeb Bush said he would have taken Hillary Clinton "to task" over her emails. Marco Rubio called it "basically a liberal versus liberal debate about who was going to give away the most free stuff." The Florida Republicans, appearing on Fox & Friends Wednesday morning, gave their take on last night&39;s Democratic debate. PolitiFact checks the debate. And we watched Rubio&39;s town hall today in Derry, N.H., where he was asked about missed votes, defense waste and Syrian refugees.

 

Today&39;s 5 contributors: Alex Leary, Steve Bousquet, Mary Ellen Klas, Michael Auslen and Kristen Clark.

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