Florida Five: Gun sales soar for Christmas, State lands $4.4M more to push Obamacare

Have a look at Tuesday’s Florida Five – BPR’s picks for the top political stories throughout the state:

FDLE on target to hit 1M background checks as gun sales soar: The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says it is on target to conduct nearly 1 million background checks this year on private firearm purchases. The projection comes as the department is reporting a record number of reviews conducted over the Thanksgiving weekend that typically kicks off the year-end holiday shopping season…Read more.

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Florida lands $4.4M more to push Obamacare: Christmas came early for 48 Florida health centers. Playing the role of Santa, the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services is doling out $4.4 million to Sunshine State community health groups tasked with Affordable Care Act “outreach and enrollment.”…Read more.

Fla. insurance firm recruiting nonprofits to sell Obamacare: The Stuart-based Fiorella Insurance Agency made headlines a couple of months ago when it began using the Obamacare Enrollment Team name to insinuate official ties to the health care law and sell policies to unsuspecting people, setting off an ongoing state inquiry. Now the firm is reaching out to nonprofit organizations that are registered supporters of the Affordable Care Act — so-called “Champions for Coverage” — and trying to get these organizations to help generate leads to sell insurance…Read more.

Judge orders kosher meals at state prisons: A federal judge has ordered the Florida Department of Corrections to offer kosher meals to “all prisoners with a sincere religious basis for keeping kosher” by July 1. The little-noticed ruling, signed Dec. 5, grants the U.S. Department of Justice a preliminary injunction forcing the state agency to offer kosher meals and to drop some of the restrictions on a kosher program at one state facility…Read more.

treyradel1216newHouse Ethics Committee to investigate U.S. Rep. Radel: Southwest Florida Republican Trey Radel will be the subject of an ethics probe by the House Ethics Committee after a unanimous vote by the committee Monday, the Associated Press reported…Read more.

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