5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 7

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

GOV. RICK SCOTT SWORN IN FOR SECOND TERM

Scott began his second term Tuesday with the same promise he made when he took office four years ago — to keep government small, lower taxes and create jobs by making the state more business-friendly. Scott was sworn in outside Florida’s Old Capitol two months after beating Republican-turned-Democrat former Gov. Charlie Crist with less than half the votes cast.

ROCKET PROBLEM POSTPONES SPACEX LAUNCH TO SPACE STATION

SpaceX called off a supply flight from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station on Tuesday because of rocket trouble, another delay in the delivery of groceries and overdue Christmas presents. The countdown was halted just over a minute before launch when a steering mechanism in the rocket malfunctioned — “behaving strangely,” as SpaceX chief Elon Musk noted via Twitter. The soonest SpaceX can try again to launch the unmanned Falcon rocket is Friday morning.

EDGING CLOSER TO 2016 BID, REPUBLICAN JEB BUSH FORMS NEW PAC

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday announced the formation of a political action committee designed to lay the groundwork for a 2016 presidential campaign. In a video posted in English and Spanish on Facebook, the Republican said that the “Right to Rise PAC” will allow him to “support candidates who believe in conservative principles to allow all Americans to rise up.” An aide confirmed that the organization also allows Bush to hire staff, conduct polling, and pay for travel as he courts key donors and Republican officials across the country.

PROMINENT LAWYER ALAN DERSHOWITZ DENIES UNDERAGE SEX CLAIMS

Alan Dershowitz has filed a detailed denial of a woman’s claims he had sexual contact with her when she was underage in a case also involving Britain’s Prince Andrew. The woman claims wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein required her to have sex with Dershowitz, Prince Andrew and others when she was still a minor. Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to Florida state sex charges but avoided more serious federal charges in a deal negotiated partly by Dershowitz.

FLORIDA AG WON’T SAY IF SHE’LL KEEP PUSHING GAY MARRIAGE BAN

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is not giving clear answers on whether she will keep up a legal battle over the state’s ban on gay marriage. A federal judge ruled last year that Florida’s voter-approved ban is unconstitutional. Bondi’s office has appealed the ruling. But U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle stayed the effect of his ruling until Jan. 5. Same sex couples have now started getting married throughout the state.

 

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