August 1, 2014

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 6/26/2014

› Rubio's pitch for middle class suggests 2016 platform
Sen. Rubio has spent this year trying to put heft behind his long-regarded oratory skills — and to move beyond the treacherous immigration debate of 2013. His ideas include ways to make college more accessible, foster job skills programs, grow the economy through less regulation and shift anti-poverty funding to states.

› Poll says voters want final say in expanded gambling
A new poll released Wednesday shows half of Florida voters don’t favor candidates who support expanding Las Vegas-style gambling in the state. The results also show that nearly two-thirds of those polled support a state constitutional amendment requiring the approval of voters statewide to allow new casinos.

› Human rights groups seek inquiry into Fla. prison shower death
The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday called for a federal investigation into the 2012 scalding death of a mentally ill prisoner in Florida for which no one has been held accountable.

› New Central Florida Expressway Authority board is taking shape
The board of Orlando's new expressway authority is taking shape with elected officials from Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Lake counties taking six of the nine spots. The remaining three positions will be picked by Rick Scott.

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