Florida Five: Weatherford calls redistricting accusations false, Capitol says no to Satanists

Here are the stories that made Thursday’s edition of the Florida Five – BPR’s picks of political stories from around the state.

Anti-god displays invade Fla. Capitol: Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster in, Satan out: Rest assured there will be no religious displays of any kind in the Florida state Capitol next year after thefloodgates were opened to allow every and all kinds of nonsensical displays this year. Read more. 

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Photo Credit: Ben Wolf, Department of Management Services via The Tallahassee Democrat

Weatherford calls accusations on redistricting false  . . . “They should know better” : In a series of filings this week, the League of Women Voters of Florida and its allies in the lawsuit demanded records about decisions by the House and the Senate to get rid of documents related to redistricting. The coalition of map opponents argues that the new districts violate the anti-gerrymandering Fair Districts standards approved by voters in 2010. Read more.

Scott’s continuing momentum in re-election bid: An internal poll conducted by Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign shows new gains by Scott in a matchup against former Gov. Charlie Crist, with Crist now ahead by 4 percentage points, according to a Politico report…Read more.

County tax collectors could take concealed firearms applications: Legislation filed by two Florida lawmakers could make county tax collectors a receiving point for concealed firearms applications. Sen. Wilton Simpson R-Tribly and Rep. James Grant R-Tampa look to improve the efficiency of licensing services with SB 544, filed Tuesday, in response to rising demand.The bill would allow the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which currently is responsible for intake, review and admission of concealed permits, to appoint county agents to accept permits in the initial application phase. Read more.

Pam Bondi on ObamacareFloridians to get refunds from phone company: A multi-million-dollar settlement was reached involving allegations of unauthorized telephone bill charges, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Wednesday. “This settlement will provide refunds to customers who paid for added services charged on their telephone bills that they never authorized,” Bondi said…Read more.

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