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Florida looks to expand gun rights in wake of Pulse shooting

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Florida Republicans are more determined than ever to pass bills expanding gun rights in the wake of the deadly Pulse nightclub and Fort Lauderdale airport shootings. They say law-abiding gun owners should be allowed to take their weapons to airports, government meetings and state universities, and would be in a better position to protect themselves and others if a mass shooting should erupt in one of those places. “Anytime you create a gun-free zone, you essentially are creating a safe…

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Florida Republicans disagree with Donald Trump, but still back him

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Top Florida Republicans are distancing themselves from GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump‘s comments about an American Muslim family whose son was killed in Iraq. But so far, none of the top elected Republicans in the state have dropped their support of Trump, or even criticized him as sharply as some other Republicans have in the last few days. Still there are signs of growing discomfort even among some of his most ardent supporters. Right now it’s not clear if any…

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Joe Henderson: Florida Republicans just can’t let go of Marco Rubio

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When it comes to Marco Rubio, Florida Republican Party leaders are starting to sound like a jilted lover that can’t quite let it go. They ignore that Rubio was beaten soundly by Donald Trump in 65 of the state’s 66 counties in the Florida Primary, causing him to drop out of the presidential race. They ignore that he has repeatedly trashed his job as a senator in both word and deed. They ignore a recent Quinnipiac poll that showed 49…

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House, Senate Majorities host pair of Miami Beach fundraisers Dec. 10

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Some of the top Florida Republicans will gather in Miami Beach Dec. 10 for pair of fundraising events benefiting House Majority and Senate Majority. The guest list will include House Speaker designate Richard Corcoran, Republican Majority Leader Sen. Bill Galvano and Chairman Jose Oliva, who is also the favorite to become House Speaker after the 2018 elections. Stuart Sen. Joe Negron will also be in attendance, and he’ll likely be ready to cut loose and celebrate his official naming as…

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Today on Context Florida: Salt Shaker, weird Republicans, do polls matter and suspect vetoes

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Today on Context Florida: Steve Vancore applies the Salt Shaker Test to recently released findings from a poll showing strong support for two statewide ballot initiatives being proposed in Florida. The first is John Morgan’s second take on medical marijuana and the other is a $10.00 per hour minimum wage being offered by a group known as “League of Voters, Extraordinaire.” Maybe it’s the excitement of the upcoming candidate debate, the influence of Pluto, or the infernal heat, but Diane Roberts…

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Today on Context Florida: Legislative dysfunction, Jeb & race, public shaming, shrinkage and affordable housing

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Today on Context Florida: The Florida Senate and several communities hoping to receive state money for local projects or programs are unhappy, says Bob Sparks. The public food fight between legislative chambers and the governor was an embarrassment that could have serious ramifications. Florida Republicans are giving the Democratic National Committee a layup of an opportunity to portray both legislative chambers and executive leadership as dysfunctional. All they need are news clips from the past four months. So Jeb! didn’t know.…

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Today on Context Florida: Healthcare vote, death penalty, breast cancer and depressing books

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Today on Context Florida: Daniel Tilson calls for conservative Florida Republicans of good conscience to unite … in demanding local state representatives in the Florida House be given the opportunity to publicly vote Aye or Nay on a Senate plan to provide health insurance coverage to more than 800,000 uninsured Floridians stuck in the “Florida Coverage Gap.” They’ve got nothing to lose, Tilson adds, except maybe the spiritual burden they carry when condoning the tactics employed and damage done by House…

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