Today’s Top Florida Politics and News –

Politico: Lurid Latvala texts to former lobbyist go public

Roll Call: Soto Takes Heat for Telling Puerto Rican Evacuees to Say They’re Staying

Politico: With Diaz out, Fajardo is likely Trump’s top prosecutor for South Florida

Herald: New Rubio bill would punish Russian meddling in future U.S. elections

AP: Florida Gov. heads to Louisiana on another jobs trip

Herald Tribune: Dick Cheney receiving Sarasota GOP “Statesman of the Year” award Friday

NSF: State, counties, feds face hefty Irma tab

TCPalm: FPL customers won’t pay for Irma restoration

Post: FPL: Customers won’t pay surcharge for Irma costs due to tax reform

Sun-Sentinel: Florida Power & Light will not seek surcharge for Hurricane Irma recovery costs

Democrat: Coalition protests inmate conditions in Florida prisons

Times: Florida raises insurance regulation grade from C to B

Times-Union: Northeast Florida hospitals seek prescription to blunt potential nursing shortage

Herald: Fed up with Washington policies on immigration, groups plan rally in Miami

Herald Tribune: Are Sarasota County teachers the best-paid in the state?

Times: Pinellas is at the center of a rise in Florida flu outbreaks

Sentinel: Friend of Pulse shooter may invoke Fifth Amendment right not to testify at Noor Salman trial

Ledger: Lakeland Commission holds line on statue in Munn Park

Star-Banner: State: Evergreen must receive a C or close

Daily News: Florida ethics panel to vote on Saad complaint

Politico: Republican committees raised the most money in December

NSF: Son of late Florida justice enters race for state Attorney General

AP: Democrat Shaw enters race for Florida attorney general

Herald: State has a plan to fight opioid epidemic. But have governor or legislators read it?

AP: Florida Senate’s bill on opioids clears first committee

AP: Emeril TV producer fighting subpoena from Florida House

Herald: Florida House subpoenas TV exec. He sues House Speaker in federal court. Standoff?

Herald: Ousted Miami lawmaker says Tallahassee scandals make him look like a Boy Scout

NSF: House advances hurricane proposals on nursing homes, evacuations

AP: Florida: Hurricane committee focuses on seniors, power grid

Herald Tribune: Candidates debate immigration, guns, abortion at forum for Sarasota state House race

NSF: Florida bill increases women’s non-hospital options for labor, delivery

Sentinel: Florida lawmakers back two sales-tax holidays for hurricane preparations

Democrat: Families push PTSD bill for first responders

NSF: After Irma: Lawmakers to weigh blocking rebuilding in high-risk areas

Times: In major shift, House bill would turn three USF universities into one

NSF: Bill hikes pension contributions for state agencies, local governments

Sentinel: Lawmaker wants Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala removed from office

DBNJ: Florida legislator asks for new state attorney in mistaken-identity murder case

Herald Tribune: Gov. Scott appoints Medallion Home CFO to USF board