Does Rick Scott Hate Fat People and Hispanics?

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Rick Scott's 2010 campaign was such a Tea Party-assisted, out-of-nowhere effort that many Floridians barely had time to fully comprehend his past. Well, this time around Democratic groups have ample time to remind voters of the governor's checkered business past.

Democratic political committee American Bridge is out with a new ad reminding people of the time Scott faced a lawsuit for discriminatory hiring practices against Hispanics and larger-sized people.

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Miami Casino Bill Headed Toward Another Quiet Death in Tallahassee

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Another Florida legislative session. Another bill that would allow for destination casinos in Miami-Dade. Another quiet death?

With the legislative session hitting the halfway point, House Speaker Will Weatherford admitted today that it's looking more and more likely neither the House nor Senate will take action on the bill this year.

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Marco Rubio To Decide on Possible Presidential Run Next Year

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Ever since Marco Rubio was first elected to the senate over four years ago he's carried out his career like a guy who may one day run for president, but he rarely openly talks about those ambitions. Well, at a Reuters Health Summit in Washington he openly addressed his future by saying that around this time next year he'll make a decision. That could include running for president, seeking reelection to the Senate ... or dropping out of politics altogether to head back to the private sector.

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Rick Scott Broke Federal Law With His Botched 2012 "Voter Purge," Court Rules

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A few months before the 2012 presidential election, Gov. Rick Scott sold a massive voter purge as a way to eliminate hundreds of "non-citizens" who were supposedly threatening democracy. Instead, the effort was a xenophobic joke. In Miami alone, hundreds of mostly Latino voters were forced to prove their citizenship just to be able to cast a ballot, including one man who'd earned a Bronze Star fighting in World War II's Battle of the Bulge.

Scott's real motivation was always baldly obvious: Suppressing Democratic turnout for the Obama-Romney race. And now a federal appeals court has agreed. In a stinging 32-page opinion, the three-judge panel says Scott broke federal law.

See also: New Voting Laws Could Take Out Barack Obama This Fall

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Florida GOP Candidate Jacob Rush Is a Big Fan of Vampire Role-Playing

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"As I travel the district, I hear the exact same things," Florida Republican congressional candidate Jacob A. Rush writes on his campaign website. "People are nervous; they don't understand their government anymore -- it literally makes no sense."

Rush, however, has now been outed as an active member of an intricate and bizarre vampire role-playing society. It makes people nervous. We don't understand it. It literally makes no sense.

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The NRA Freaked at Suggestion That Everyone Shouldn't Have Guns During Hurricane Evacs

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Imagine this scenario: A hurricane is about to pummel Dade County. Hundreds of thousands of panicked, jumpy residents sit on traffic-clogged escape routes, all trying desperately to get to safety. And now a simple question: Should all those people, even those without legal concealed carry permits, be allowed to carry guns?

A National Guard lawyer didn't think so, and he told the Florida Senate as much last week. "They probably should not have a weapon shoved in the back of their pants," he said according to the Tampa Tribune. That's when the NRA went into crisis mode; by the time they were done, not only had Gov. Rick Scott come out emphatically for the bill, but the National Guard had disowned its own attorney.

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Rick Scott's Top Latino Fundraiser Quits After Mexican Accent Controversy

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When Gov. Rick Scott's campaign finance co-chairman Mike Fernandez resigned abruptly last week, he said he wanted to spend more time with his family. Insiders speculate he might have been frustrated with the direction of the troubled campaign. Yet, now it's come to light that Fernandez was also upset about two campaign co-workers speaking in an over-the-top Mexican accent while they were all on their way to a Mexican restaurant in Coral Gables.

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Medical Marijuana: $1 Million Research Bill, "Charlotte's Web" Measure Passes Committee

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All signs point toward Floridians approving a medical marijuana proposal on November's ballot, but the legislature could ease the Sunshine State toward some legalized pot all on their own during this month's session.

One measure, which would kick start research funding into medical marijuana and legalize a non-euphoric strain for epilepsy patients, passed through a House committee with no opposition yesterday.

See also: Poll: 74 Percent of Floridians Support Medical Marijuana

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Lawmaker Wants "Stand Your Ground" Court Records To Be Kept Secret

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For the first time since Miami teen Trayvon Martin's death, legislators are poised to approve a substantial reform to the state's "Stand Your Ground" law. A bill that looks likely to pass the House this week would add warning shots to the protections under the law -- a response to the disproportionate prison sentence a Jacksonville woman faced for trying to scare off her abusive husband.

If that sounds way too reasonable to be coming out of Tallahassee, don't worry. A Republican rep heartily screwed over the bi-partisan effort yesterday by adding an amendment to prevent the public from getting records from "Stand Your Ground" cases.

See also: Marissa Alexander, Florida Woman Sentenced to 20 Years for "Warning Shot," Granted New Trial

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New Bill Would Outlaw Child Marriage in Florida

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The law would not apply to 16-year-olds like Courtney Stodden.
In Florida, you can get married if you're a 13-year-old who accidentally knocks up his girlfriend, but not if you're in a committed adult relationship with someone of the same sex. Rep. Cynthia Stafford, a Miami Democrat, wants to change that. No, not the part about allowing gays to marry, just the minors getting married part. She has introduced a new bill that would make it illegal for anyone under the age of 16 to get married in Florida under any circumstance.

See also: Eight More Couples Sue Florida to Recognize Gay Marriages From Other States

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