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Joe Henderson: Democrats may finally get the message that they need, well, a message

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Florida Democrats have become such a non-factor in state politics that the real drama frequently becomes which faction of the Republican party will prevail on a given issue. Think about it. We have had knockdown, drag-outs between the GOP-controlled House and Senate. This year the main event has been the ongoing feud between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran. It’s almost like Democrats don’t exist. Republicans have long had a consistent message of tough on crime, lower…

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Bill Day’s latest: Welcome to the Gunshine State

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As Bill Day sees it, you know it’s springtime in Tallahassee when gun bills begin floating around the Florida Legislature. It’s the Gunshine State, after all. Last week, a bill advanced allowing gun owners to carry concealed weapons during emergencies such as hurricanes. Backed by the National Rifle Association, the measure gives gun owners a 48-hour exemption from needing a concealed weapon license during an evacuation. Supporters cited Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged New Orleans in 2005, as the reason to…

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