Rick Scott Let Florida Ask Him Questions on Facebook and Things Got Weird

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via Rick Scott's Facebook
The governor prepares for a civil discussion. Florida was not interested.
Around 6 p.m. last night, Gov. Rick Scott took off his jacket, perched onto an uncomfortable folding chair in an empty room and flipped open his Macbook to have a reasonable Facebook question-and-answer session with the fine folks in his state.

But then somewhere around the 19th personal attack wedged between questions about why he hates gun owners and wants to kill native fish with genetically engineered predators, Scott quietly logged off, shut his laptop and despaired over the fatal flaw in this plan: He lives in Florida.

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Video: Charlie Crist Interrupts Lt. Gov. Badmouthing Him on Camera

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Former governor Charlie Crist addressed the non-partisan Forum Club of the Palm Beaches on his plans to unseat current governor Rick Scott. The Scott campaign responded by sending Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera to give an instant response to the media.

Crist, apparently channeling his inner Frank Underwood, pulled a major power move by interrupting Lopez-Cantera while he was talking to the press, shaking his hand, and then saying, "Give me Scott."

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U.S. Supreme Court Might Take Up Rick Scott's "Drug Test Everyone" Plan

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Gov. Rick Scott's plan to randomly drug test every single state employee in Florida -- from department heads to minimum wage DMV janitors -- has already failed the common-sense test and an appeals court ruling. A trial run of the program found that almost no state employees were failing, while an appeals court ruled that the program violated the constitution.

But Scott hasn't given up on the idea yet. The U.S. Supreme Court will likely decide this week whether to take up the latest petition filed by Scott's lawyers.

See also: Rick Scott's State Employee Drug Testing Ruled Unconstitutional

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SNL Imagines Jeb Bush at Coachella

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via Hulu
Pundits, Republican insiders, and pollsters all seem to think former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is planning on making a presidential run in 2016, but you're not a real presidential contender until you're properly parodied on Saturday Night Live. Well, on Saturday the show brought out new cast member Beck Bennett to parody Jeb Bush and his status as the "new face" of the Republican Party.

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Sen. Nelson Says Florida Has Overtaken New York in Population, But That Might Not Be True Yet

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According to estimates, Florida is slated to become the third most populated state in the nation sometime in the next few years. Though, one of our senators seems to think it's already happened.

"My state of Florida is now the third-largest state," Sen. Bill Nelson said last week during Senate Armed Services committee hearing about proposed cuts to the National Guard. "We have surpassed New York in population. But New York and Florida also have in common the threat of hurricanes."

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Florida Bill May Put Stop to Spam Texts: No More "Junk Car" Texts

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Remember a few years ago when it seemed everyone in Miami was getting spammed text messages by someone promising to buy their "junk car?" Yeah, well the Florida Senate is looking at a way to make it easier for Floridians to get out of receiving spam by adding text messages to the "Do Not Call" registry.

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NRA-Backed Bill Would Allow Unlicensed Carry of Guns During Riots and Natural Disasters

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Because the National Rifle Association has never met a problem it doesn't think it can solve with more guns, it's backing a bill in Tallahassee that would allow anyone with a clean criminal history to carry a concealed weapon in the event of a riot or natural disaster even if that person doesn't have a permit.

Yes, because if there's one thing riots and hurricane aftermaths need, it's more people with guns!

See also: Guns for Teachers Bill Passes First Senate Panel

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Coral Gables City Manager Pat Salerno Abruptly Resigns

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In his long municipal career, Pat Salerno has shown two consistent tendencies: bringing big-money, landscape-changing projects to fruition and rubbing other government officials the wrong way with his management style.

Six years after that latter habit got him run out of Sunrise, Salerno abruptly resigned this morning as Coral Gables city manager.


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Jeb Bush Will Decide on Presidential Run By the End of the Year

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Miami is looking ever more likely to be the gravitational center of the GOP battle for 2016's Presidential race. Locally grown Sen. Marco Rubio has already promised to make a call within the next year about whether to toss his hat into the wide-open Republican field and now the man that may well be the frontrunner if he joins the fray has made his own announcement.

Jeb Bush told an audience in Texas yesterday that he'll decide by the end of the year whether to run. He also gave broad hints about what kind of campaign he'd mount if he does, suggesting he's already put some serious thought into a White House run.

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Florida Bill Would Force Craft Breweries To Sell Their Beer To Distributors Then Buy it Back

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Local craft breweries like Wynwood Brewing could be stung by the new bill.
Florida's beer laws are already about as logical as David Samson's Survivor strategy. Thanks to the oversized influence of big money distributors, antiquated laws like one banning 64-ounce growlers (which are legal in 47 other states) stay on the books.

Craft brewers have spent four years trying to change that law. But thanks to the distributors, the latest effort has been hijacked in the Senate with regulations that could put a chokehold on the nascent industry, craft brewers say, by imposing draconian new rules -- including one forcing them to sell their own beer to distributors and buying it back at a 30 percent mark-up before they could sell it in-house.

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