Charlie Crist Breaks Emoji Barrier in Florida Politics

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Anyone unfortunate enough to be a political campaign's mailing list knows how weird the e-mail subject lines can be. Just check out Nancy Pelosi's latest string of really depressing subject lines as one example.

Yet, the subject line of an e-mail we got from the Charlie Crist campaign last night really made us do a double take. It had emojis, the favored communication language of tweens.

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Charlie Crist Lays Out His Very Liberal First-Day Plans

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A lack of enthusiasm from rank-and-file Democrats over former Republican Charlie Crist's gubernatorial campaign may be taking its toll in reason polls. So perhaps it's not a surprise that Crist has unveiled a list of liberal-pleasing first day promises he hopes to enact upon inauguration.

These are steps Crist would enact through executive order so they wouldn't need to pass the legislature, and they touch on everything from the minimum wage to gay rights.

See also: Is Charlie Crist Florida's Next Governor?

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Rick Ross Enters Gun Debate: Leave Your Weapons Out of His Wingstops

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For a guy whose artistic wheelhouse consists almost solely of gangster fantasy, Rick Ross seems to have a more sensible take on gun laws than some NRA fanatics.

In a particularly head-scratching string of protests, some guns rights activists have taken to carrying around loaded semiautomatic riffles while doing things like grocery shopping and getting Chili's baby-back ribs in states with open-carry laws.

Well, Ross, who owns dozens of Wingstop restaurant franchises, thinks that's just nuts. This coming from a man who named himself for a notorious drug dealer -- though Ross is also a former corrections officer in real life.

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Pediatrician Group Urges Florida Doctors to Break "Docs vs. Glocks" Law

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On Friday, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a controversial Florida law that bans doctors from asking patients if they have guns in their homes. Following the decision, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a decision that pretty much encouraged Florida pediatricians to keep breaking the so called "docs vs glocks" law.

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Poll: 9 out of 10 Floridians Now Support Medical Marijuana

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Trying to get Floridians to all agree on something is damn near impossible, so the poll number for medical marijuana are impressive. A new Quinnipiac poll shows that about 9 out of every 10 Floridians supports legalizing medical marijuana, while a majority now also supports decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.

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Florida's Newest Congressman Confused Two Non-White U.S. Officials for Indian Officials

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Curt Clawson is Florida's newest congressman. In fact, it's his one-month anniversary on the job after winning the seat vacated by Trey "Cocaine Congressman" Radel.

He positioned himself heavily in the campaign as an "outsider," and, well, yesterday he certainly proved that he's clueless to the inner workings and decorum of Congress.

During a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee where two high-ranking State Department officials were testifying, Clawson apparently just assumed they were officials representing the Indian government, even though it's quite uncommon for officials from foreign countries to testify before Congress, according to Foreign Policy.

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Miami Beach May Remove Arthur Godfrey's Name From 41st Street

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In the late 1940s and '50s there was no bigger American media star than Arthur Godfrey, who had become known and loved for his intimate, folksy radio news personality and went on to host programs like the wildly popular daily CBS variety show Arthur Godfrey Time.

Beginning in 1953 Godfrey broadcast the show from a glitzy Bal Harbour hotel, the Kenilworth, and also became a part owner of the hotel several years later. His star power brought business and tourism to burgeoning Miami Beach; for his contribution 41st Street was co-named Arthur Godfrey Road, probably as early as the 1960s, according to local historian Paul George.

Now, more than four decades later, a Miami Beach commissioner wants to remove the designation, arguing the Godfrey name no longer provides any benefit.

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Libertarian Adrian Wyllie Could Sink Charlie Crist's Campaign Hopes, Poll Finds

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Who the hell is Adrian Wyllie? Well, he's a military vet, an IT consultant and the host of a libertarian radio talk show in Pinellas County. He also might just be Charlie Crist's worst nightmare.

That's because Wyllie is running for Florida governor on the Libertarian ticket and a new poll out this morning finds that throwing the radio host into the race turns a clear-cut Crist lead into a chaotic, impossible-to-call contest.

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John Oliver Tears Into Rick Scott for Private Prison Stance

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Daily Show alum John Oliver's new HBO show Last Week Tonight is only on its 11th episode, but obviously a comedy program poking fun at politics and the news can only go so long until it features a few Rick Scott jokes.

On Sunday's episode, Oliver dug into America's prison fetish, and particularly went hard on private prisons run by the Geo Group. Scott, of course, has been pushing for prison privatization in Florida and just happened to be holding a fundraiser at Geo Group president George Zoley's home last night.

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Could Miami Get a Chinese Consulate? Probably Not, Despite the County Commission's Efforts

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One morning in the summer of 2008, just before the Beijing Olympics were set to kick off, Juan Zapata, then a republican Florida state representative, found himself having breakfast with Zhou Wenzhong, the Chinese ambassador to the United States. The breakfast delegation was talking business, and someone floated the idea of a Chinese consulate in Miami as a strategic link for the PRC's booming Latin American commercial interests.

Zapata, the longtime president of a Coral Gables investment company, saw a chance for local economic growth and instantly loved the idea. So did the ambassador. "He thought it would be a natural fit," Zapata tells Riptide.

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