Good morning. It's Monday, May 5, 2014, and evidently one of the main goals of this year's lawmaking in our giant, important, complicated state was to re-elect Rick Scott.
Segue into something I underlined in Sunday's Times: In Florida, some 983,000 people are now signed up for private insurance through the federal exchange — up from 442,000 at the end of February. This is in a state where the Dem candidate for Governor — Charlie Crist — happens to be running on a very pro-Obamacare message. Crist is already seizing on the new data to attack GOP incumbent Governor Rick Scott for opposing the law — and over the consequences of repeal.
Says John Romano: There are common hypocrites. There are spectacular hypocrites. And then there are Florida legislators.
Interesting piece on Sunday from Matt Baker: Since the draft began in 1936, only three Florida high school players have become first-round quarterbacks: John Reaves (1972), Daunte Culpepper (1999) and Tim Tebow (2010). That total lags far behind California (32) and Texas (18), plus smaller states such as Indiana (five).
Via SaintPetersBlog: "Colleges are losing sight of their academic mission because of sports," say 56 percent of Florida voters, including 56 percent of men and 55 percent of women, according to a poll released today.
Tampa's Odyssey treasure hunters are on the front of today's New York Times.
Did you know grapefruit's not a "convenient" fruit?
A man training with a security firm accidently shot himself in the leg Sunday afternoon at a shooting range in Pinellas Park. Elsewhere, a neighborhood watch made another person crazy, a woman died in Celebration after her Mini Cooper skidded into a retention pond, and an endangered burrowing owl got tangled in somebody's hair weave.