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Vern Buchanan indicates preliminary support for restricting ‘bump stocks’

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In the wake of Sunday night’s massacre in Las Vegas where nearly 60 people died, Florida Republicans are indicating they will support a gun-control measure. South Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo said he will introduce a measure to prohibit bump stocks, a device that modified rifles to allow them to fire faster. Several of the 23 guns used by Stephen Paddock in his shooting spree were equipped with bump stocks. Sarasota area Republican Vern Buchanan indicated Thursday that he would support such legislation.…

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Bill Nelson sponsors bill to ban bump stocks for assault weapons

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Saying, “they are for killing,” Florida’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson sponsored a bill Wednesday to ban so-called “bump stocks” like the ones Las Vegas police say Stephen Paddock used in his deadly slaughter Sunday night in Las Vegas.

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Carlos Frontela chastened by 2016 mistakes, is fired up for House District 62 bid

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In declaring his candidacy early for the Tampa-based House District 62 seat, Carlos Frontela already demonstrates he’s learned from rookie mistakes made last year in his bid for the Hillsborough County School Board. “I jumped in really late, two months before the primary,” he says, reminiscing about his ill-fated run for the District 7 seat ultimately captured by Lynn Gray last November. “No time to really organize, no time to really gain any campaign contributions,” he says which is why he’s working on qualifying…

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Activists want Bill Nelson to delay confirmation hearing on AG nominee Jeff Sessions

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Of the many Cabinet choices made by President-elect Donald Trump, some of the strongest opposition centers around the nomination of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Wednesday morning in Tampa, a group of activists spoke with officials in Sen. Bill Nelson‘s district office, calling on him at the very least to call for a delay a vote on Sessions’ confirmation, scheduled for January 10. Outside, a couple of dozen more concerned citizens held signs and spoke to reporters about their opposition to…

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iPhone users and civil liberties supporters to rally outside Apple’s stores in Tampa & Brandon on Tuesday

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Apple’s standoff with the U.S. government about whether to help officials gain access to the encrypted iPhone of the San Bernardino attackers appears to be a polarizing, if not necessarily partisan issue. California Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein said on the PBS News Hour on Friday that Apple should comply with a federal court ordering them to open up the phone, saying if they refused it would lead to legislation that would force the issue. Donald Trump agrees and has called for an Apple boycott.…

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Kathy Castor says Obama can do a “much better” job of communicating the strategy to combat ISIS

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A CBS News poll released on Monday shows that 66 percent of Americans do not think President Obama has a clear strategy to defeat the Islamic State. Kathy Castor says she understands where the public is coming from. “I think President Obama can do much better in communicating that strategy,” the Democratic Congresswoman who represents Tampa and parts of St. Petersburg said this morning. Castor wouldn’t go beyond that when referring to the president’s issues in communicating with the American people,…

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