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Sparks fly as Rod Smith, Keith Perry offer contrasting views at Senate debate

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Candidates for Florida’s newly drawn Senate District 8 outlined their disparate visions for the future to more than 300 students at a debate held at the University of Florida Tuesday evening. But one thing both men had in common was their choice to lead lives that differ dramatically from the lives their fathers led. “Happiness means doing what you want to do,” said state Rep. Keith Perry, a 57-year-old Republican from Gainesville. “A top-down, centralized form of government that grows…

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Chris Smith to appear with Debbie Wasserman Schultz to address state gun measures

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U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will speak to reporters and the public about a pair of controversial gun bills circulating in the Legislature at her old state Capitol stamping grounds Thursday. Broward Sen. Chris Smith will join the Democratic National Committee chairwoman in Tallahassee to oppose legislative proposals to allow Floridians to openly carry firearms and to strike the state prohibition against guns on college campuses. Public visits to the statehouse have been rare in recent years for Wasserman Schultz, who served in…

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Guns on campus among 4 gun bills set for full chamber votes

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A contentious proposal to let concealed weapons permit holders bring guns on state university and college campuses was among four firearm bills that made their final committee stops Thursday and will now be before their respective legislative chambers. Two other bills will ban backyard gun ranges in densely populated areas and another will remove aggravated assault from the list of gun-related crimes subject to mandatory minimum sentences under the state’s 10-20-Life law. Easily the most fought over proposal is the…

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Guns bills move forward in early committee action

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In its first meeting in preparation of the 2016 regular legislative Session, a Senate committee pulled the trigger on two bills to alter Florida’s state gun statutes on Wednesday. On a so-called “campus carry” bill to allow concealed weapons into higher education facilities, a House panel shortly followed suit. First up was SB 130 sponsored by Sen. Garrett Richter, essentially this year’s version of Democrat Rep. Darryl Rouson‘s bill from last year to prevent residents of densely populated neighborhoods from…

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Gun bills move forward in early committee action

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In its first committee meeting in advance of the 2016 Legislative Session, a Senate committee pulled the trigger on two bills to alter Florida’s state gun statutes on Wednesday. First up was SB 130 sponsored by state Sen. Garrett Richter, essentially this year’s version of Democratic state Rep. Darryl Rouson‘s bill from last year to prevent residents of densely populated neighborhoods from discharging their guns at homemade gun ranges. The bill faced some opposition from gun rights groups last year but National…

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Today on Context Florida: Ted Cruz, guns on campus, college fit and the Competitive Workforce Act

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Today on Context Florida: After vowing to not only overturn Obamacare, but to repeal “every word” of it, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is signing up his family for healthcare using the dreaded, socialist, competition-stifling, Affordable Care Act. However, Peter Schorsch explains why Cruz is not the real hypocrite in this case. Bob Sparks says that logic, passion and courage are what describes guns-on-campus debate. Although there are plausible arguments from both sides, the recent campus shooting at Florida State provided some…

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Email insights: Opponents look to rally against guns on campuses bill

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Florida’s controversial gun bill that would allow guns on college campuses has already passed one committee and will be heard in another next week. The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus is asking for help defeating the measure. “The vast majority of Florida’s students and faculty don’t want guns in their classrooms or other buildings on campus,” wrote state director Kathryn Grant in an email. “We can defeat S.B. 176, but will need your help to fight the powerful and…

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