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Déjà vu: Richard Corcoran seeks repeal of public campaign financing

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House Speaker and presumptive Republican candidate for governor Richard Corcoran, who declared war on “corporate welfare” last Legislative Session, now wants to end “welfare for politicians.” On Wednesday, he asked the Constitution Revision Commission—of which he appointed nine of its 37 members—to consider an proposal to repeal a section of the state Constitution that provides for public financing of statewide political campaigns. The Legislature, however, placed a similar amendment on the ballot for statewide approval in 2010. It flunked at…

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Florida’s bizarre fireworks law still in place

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It’s almost Independence Day, which in Florida means: Time to scare some birds. Although you can buy fireworks in the state, they’re not actually legal here. Indeed, The Tampa Tribune in 2014 called fireworks sales in Florida an “institutionalized charade,” leading one lawmaker to call for “more freedom (and) less fraud.” Retail sales are allowed only because of a 62-year-old loophole in the law, the only known one of its kind in the country. That allows “fireworks … to be used…

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Senate votes to allow beer ads in theme parks, ‘merlot to go’

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Florida senators passed a bill Wednesday that would allow advertising by beer companies in the state’s theme parks. The measure (SB 388), sponsored by Republican Sen. Travis Hutson of Elkton, received only one ‘no’ vote from Sen. Kelli Stargel, a Lakeland Republican. It eases the state’s “tied house evil” law by allowing ads, which could include a beer company sponsoring a concert or festival within a park. Universal Orlando has supported the bill. Some beer industry representatives had privately complained. However, they “fear being extorted…

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Booze bill ready for vote in Senate

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A bill that would allow advertising by beer companies in the state’s theme parks is ready for a final vote in the Senate. The measure (SB 388), carried by Republican Sen. Travis Hutson of Elkton, was heard on the floor Tuesday and placed on the third reading calendar. It eases the state’s “tied house evil” law by allowing ads, which could include a beer company sponsoring a concert or festival within a park. Universal Orlando has supported the bill. Some beer industry representatives had…

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Support Rick Kriseman’s House Memorial seeking repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

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“My wife and I have two children. We want our children, and their children, to live in a safe world. I wish this for all Floridians. Continuing the failed policy of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ makes us less safe” – Rep. Rick Kriseman on his Facebook page.

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Support Rick Kriseman’s House Memorial seeking repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

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“My wife and I have two children. We want our children, and their children, to live in a safe world. I wish this for all Floridians. Continuing the failed policy of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ makes us less safe” – Rep. Rick Kriseman on his Facebook page.

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Marco Rubio would repeal health-care reform

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U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio said today he’d support legislation to repeal any health-care reform plan that may pass this year. Rubio, a former Florida House speaker, has signed on to the conservative Club for Growth’s “Repeal It!” campaign, an effort that would seek to undo any health-care bill passed by Democrats in Congress. Rubio, who is challenging Gov. Charlie Crist for the Republican nomination, says the proposed health-care bill runs “contrary to the principles of limited government that have…

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