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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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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