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Bob Buckhorn slams Legislature for pushing Open Carry legislation

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Wading into the current debate in Tallahassee, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is slamming state lawmakers who are advocating that Florida allow nearly 1.5 million Floridians with concealed carry permits to openly carry their firearms, rather than having to keep them hidden. “This bill is totally unnecessary,” Buckhorn declared at a news conference held at Tampa Police headquarters, where he was joined by Police Chief Eric Ward, Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober and the Florida League of Women Voters Patricia…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.8.16 – Obama still isn’t going to take your guns away from you

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The popular perception is that the Democratic Party as a whole stopped debating gun control after Al Gore lost his home state of Tennessee and Bill Clinton‘s Arkansas in the 2000 election. Looking back on that perspective 16 years later, it’s evident that yes, they did stop debating the issue nationally, but that it doesn’t like those two states are likely to show up in the Blue column on election night anytime soon. There’s no doubt, however, that President Obama,…

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Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri’s out-of-context quotes lead to misinterpretation, harsh responses

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The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) issued a statement on Monday giving their full support to Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, who has been under a firestorm of criticism in recent days for comments he was quoted as saying last week regarding the open carry legislation being debated in the Florida Legislature. Gualtieri and the FSA oppose the legislation, but in a story written by Margie Menzel for the News Service of Florida Thursday, the sheriff was quoted as saying that if an…

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Professional protester only “regular guy” to testify in support of NRA’s open carry bill

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What exactly is a “regular guy?” In the Florida Legislature, there’s an implicit rule: Speakers who provide testimony should accurately describe their motives and agenda when speaking in front of committees. That said, it’s not unusual for paid consultants to speak on an issue, as it is equally common for concerned citizens to travel to Tallahassee to express heartfelt opinions on a matter. Often, legislators will give more weight to those “regular folks,” as their testimony comes from deeply held,…

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Diane Roberts: Charm and grace again flow downhill from Capitol

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OCCUPIED TALLAHASSEE – Another Special Session! Why, it’s just like Christmas – minus the joy. Minus the presents, too. While the members of the Florida Legislature rake in lobbyist largesse during committee weeks and every other hour that God sends, trawling for dollars during a Session is verboten. This makes them surly. Surlier. They aren’t exactly enjoying being forced to revisit redistricting for about the 400th time since the spring. No one expects the Special Session, which is supposed to…

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Today on Context Florida: Food insecurity, misinformation on guns and shrinking Florida newspapers

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Today on Context Florida: The United Nations had not yet been officially established when it formed the Food and Agriculture Organization, which Terri Susan Fine says suggest that ahead of individual human rights and world security, one of the most basic human rights is access to food and nutrition. The chronology of events speaks to food security as surpassing all other human rights. So what is the value of other human rights if the most basic goes unfulfilled? Rights, even those…

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Jeb Bush gets blasted for “stuff happens” remark about Oregon mass shooting

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Jeb Bush received a torrent of criticism Friday afternoon after he said “stuff happens” in reference to calls for legislative action after the mass shooting that took place in Oregon on Thursday. “I had this challenge as governor because we had — look, stuff happens,” he said at a forum in South Carolina. “There’s always a crisis and the impulse is always to do something, and it’s not necessarily the right thing to do.” He didn’t back down afterwards, changing…

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