Florida Five: Proposed bill wards off federal anti-gun intrusion, Weasel-like Crist runs from debate

Yes, it’s hump day already (apologies to those who hate the phrase). Here is your daily dose of Florida political news:

Weasel-like Charlie Crist ‘not even thinking of debating Nan Rich: Charlie Crist told reporters outside a Fort Lauderdale fundraiser Tuesday that he has no plans to debate former state Sen. Nan Rich of Weston, the other candidate white weaselvying for the Democratic nomination for governor.”I don’t,” Crist said in response to a question by a Miami Herald reporter. When pressed by another reporter, he added, “I’m not even thinking about that right now, to be honest with you. Read more.

Florida’s Rep. Tom Rooney tweets pic with ‘Duck Dynasty’ Willie Robertson at SOTU: Florida’s Congressman Tom Rooney treated his Twitter followers to an inside look at who he was hanging with Tuesday night at the State of the Union. It sounded like he was actually enjoying the evening. Read more.

Governor Rick Scott announced an $80 million commitment for cancer research:  The budget includes $60 million for existing Florida Cancer Centers to assist in achieving National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation, and another $20 million commitment for peer-reviewed research grants. The announcement was made at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, which is Florida’s only nationally recognized NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Read more.

Proposed Florida bill would say no to implementing federal gun laws: A Florida lawmaker submitted a bill Monday that would prohibit state, county and local law enforcement officers from assisting or cooperating with U.S. agents enforcing federal gun laws. Read more.

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American Israel Public Affairs Committee gives DWS cover: Florida Democratic Party donors affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) are coming to the aid of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.), who has come under fire in recent weeks over her efforts to quietly block new Iran sanctions measures in the House and Senate.AIPAC’s initial letter on the controversy, which circulated two weeks ago, urged Wasserman Schultz’s constituents to “respectfully ask” that she clarify her position on the congressional measures and issue a statement supporting them. However, on Jan. 24, AIPAC’s Southeastern states director Mark Kleinman issued a second letter, this one defending Wasserman Schultz. Read more.

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