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Donald Trump’s turn to face tricky politics of natural disasters

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George W. Bush never recovered from his flyover of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation. Barack Obama got a bipartisan boost late in his re-election campaign for his handling of Superstorm Sandy.

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Florida editorial roundup

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Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: Daytona Beach News-Journal on funding for state’s park system: Florida’s parks have been recognized three times — in 1999, 2005 and 2013 — as the nation’s best park system. No other state has earned that many honors. Last year they attracted more than 27 million visitors. But that’s not good enough for Florida officials, who are concerned that too many parks generate insufficient revenues for management. Jon Steverson, the recently confirmed head of the Department…

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Unpermitted Florida gun owners get exemption for hurricanes

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Florida gun owners who don’t have a concealed weapons permit can now take their firearms with them while fleeing a hurricane. Not that it’s been a big problem in Florida in the past. No one can cite an example of a gun owner being arrested while evacuating ahead of a hurricane, but lawmakers didn’t want what happened in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago happening here. New Orleans Police confiscated hundreds of guns from people’s homes and from…

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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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Poll: Response to oil spill worse than handling of Hurricane Katrina

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ABC NEWS reports Americans by more than 2-1 support pursuit of criminal charges in the nation’s worst oil spill, with increasing numbers calling it a major environmental disaster, eight in 10 criticizing the way BP’s handled it — and the federal government’s own response rated worse than it was in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  Continue reading here.

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EW on DMB’s Big Whiskey

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For all the immortality it imparts, rock & roll has a way of taking its practitioners before their time. Like the Who, 
 Metallica, and many more before them, the Dave Matthews Band have faced the sudden loss of a founding member: Saxophonist LeRoi Moore died last August from injuries incurred in an ATV 
accident, midway through the recording of their latest album. His spirit — and his sound — looms large, however, on Big Whiskey. The GrooGrux King of…

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