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The Jeb Bush offensive against Donald Trump’s conservative bona fides continues with quiz

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For the second straight day, Jeb Bush is taking on Donald Trump directly regarding ideology. Yesterday, the Bush camp posted a web ad featuring Trump parroting liberal positions over the years. On Wednesday, the former Florida governor, who trails Trump everywhere in the polls (including Florida)  has posted a quiz on his website asking, “Which Candidate are you?” It’s followed by seven questions that all ask which candidate would a Republican primary voter rather support, comparing where Bush stands on an issue and what Trump has said…

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Federal court says state can enforce ‘docs vs. glocks’ law

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Florida can start enforcing a contentious law that restricts what doctors can say to patients about guns. The measure was first adopted by the Florida Legislature four years ago, but had been caught in a lengthy court battle in which a federal judge in Miami had blocked the law from taking effect. But the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Tuesday issued a new ruling that lifts the injunction that had blocked enforcement of the law. The…

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Guns during states of emergency bill signed into law by Rick Scott

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Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday signed into law a bill that allows evacuees to carry concealed weapons or firearms on their body or in the car during states of emergency without a permit to do so. SB 290 would allow concealed weapons “while in the act of complying” with a mandatory evacuation order issued during a state of emergency declared by the governor or by local authorities. State Sen. Jeff Brandes‘  bill defines “in the act of complying” as the…

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Jeff Brandes’ concealed carry gun bill moves through Senate

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A controversial gun bill filed by St. Petersburg state Sen. Jeff Brandes has advanced in the Senate. Senate Bill 290 would allow people who don’t have concealed carry permits in Florida to carry firearms on their person during a mandatory evacuation. A similar bill died in the Senate last year. Brandes made some changes to his current bill in response to concerns, including those from sheriffs and police chiefs, that the bill didn’t specify where or for how long people could carry…

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Diane Roberts: Welcome to Tallahassee’s Festival of Bad Ideas

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OCCUPIED TALLAHASSEE – Some Florida towns have a strawberry festival; some have a seafood festival or a jazz festival or even a frog leg festival. Here in Florida’s capital, we put on an annual Festival of Bad Ideas. Its other name is the Legislative session. Come spring, legislators swarm, careening madly down our narrow, pretty streets like palmetto bugs lit up with a big dose of Raid. They land first at the Motherhive on Adams Street: that is to say,…

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Previewing the Legislative Session with Progress Florida’s Damien Flier

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With a super-majority in the House and a strong majority in the senate, Florida Republicans stand a pretty good chance of getting their way during this year’s Legislative Session. But that doesn’t mean progressive Democrats aren’t still riled up with messages for lawmakers. The group Progress Florida came together in Governor Rick Scott’s first term in office to fight an onslaught of Tea Party ideals including drastic cuts to public education and efforts to seemingly silence minority voters at the…

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Rachel Burgin endorsed by dentists, NRA

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From Janet Zink: State Rep. Rachel Burgin’s opponent in the Republican primary for the District 56 seat, Marc Johnson, is a dentist. Still, Burgin has received the endorsement of the Florida Dental Association, her campaign announced. She also has the endorsement of the National Rifle Association and the Unified Sportsmen of Florida. The winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat David Chalela and write-in candidate Lewis Laricchia in the general election.

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