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Florida Five: ‘Jesus’ opens door to beer in Capitol, New Senate president, Reining in runaway feds

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There’s a lot of political news to catch up on in Florida. Read the Florida Five for our top picks of the day:andy gardener

Meet the next Senate president: Andy Gardiner will officially be named the next president of the Florida Senate in 2014 on Tuesday as he readies to replace Don Gaetz after the 2014 elections…Read more.

Beer can Festivus pole going up next to Nativity in Florida Capitol: It’s starting to get crowded in Florida’s Capitol rotunda as yet another “holiday” display – this one a “festivus” pole made entirely out of beer cans – will be erected Wednesday. Read more.

(PHOTO/Steve Thomas, Staff – Bay News 9)

Hits Fly over Obamacare, Adam Hollingsworth in Governor’s Race: While Florida is getting ready to celebrate Christmas, there is little peace or goodwill in the Sunshine State’s politics as leaders from both major parties get ready for the 2014 gubernatorial race. Besides getting support from his PAC, Scott continues to have the support of the GOP leadership in Florida. The leader of the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF), a Scott ally, took the latest in a series of shots against Crist. Read more.

Bills aim to expand voting rights of military members away from home: The bills would enable Florida election supervisors to count the absentee votes of members of the military on non-candidate elections, such as ballot initiatives, constitutional amendment proposals and judicial retention…Read more.

Push for a constitutional convention: Two Florida senators are pushing for a constitutional convention to rein in a “runaway” federal government…Read more.

In case you missed it: Gov. Scott responds in op-ed to Tampa Bay Times smear

For more Florida news, visit BPR’s FLORIDA NEWS page.


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