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Florida Five: Lawmakers must testify in redistricting, City evicts widow for ‘living off grid’

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Happy Monday morning! Take a look at the top political stories in today’s Florida Five:

Fla. Supremes rule lawmakers must testify on redistricting: Lawmakers enjoy protection from being forced to testify in most civil cases, the Florida Supreme Court ruled late Friday, but that protection does not extend to a challenge to the state’s congressional districts working its way through the courts…Read more.

offthegrid1215newerFla. widow evicted for “off the grid” lifestyle: A Cape Coral woman featured on a local television program talking about how she lives without running water or electricity – “living off the grid” – learned about the downside of fame a day after the story aired…Read more.

Media bias in the Sunshine State: The Florida media revealed a political double standard this week by treating Republican Gov. Rick Scott much more harshly than former Democratic Gov. Charlie Crist regarding scandals involving top advisers…Read more.

No Fla Nativity SceneCity stands its ground on nativity scene: A national atheist group has demanded that a small Florida city remove a Nativity scene from City Hall, but the City Council is standing its ground…Read more.

Anti-2nd Amendment mayor dumped: Join Michael Bloomberg’s nutty Mayors Against Illegal Guns at your own risk. That’s the theme of “Unmasking Bloomberg’s Mayors,” Ginny Simone’s latest “NRA Special Report,” and a lesson learned by incumbent Lakeland, Fla., Mayor Gow Fields…Read more.

Here is a feel-good, bonus story because it’s Monday:

‘Layaway Santa’ surprises families with $20,000 of Christmas cheer

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