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Florida Five: Crist explains ‘whatever’ abortion attitude to O’Reilly, Gun owners get more protection

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Here are the Florida political stories everyone will be talking about Wednesday:

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RPOF uses Crist appearance on O’Reilly to blast his ‘moving target’ position on abortion:Former Gov. Charlie Crist took his book tour to “The O’Reilly Factor” on Tuesday to try to convince Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that he hasn’t really changed his position on abortion just to suit his new political aspirations. Read more.

Florida college reverses no-gun policy on campus in wake of school shooting: Following a shooting in a parking lot at Eastern Florida State College, school officials took an unusual step — they are now allowing guns to be kept on campus. Read more. 

Fla. judge OKs seizing church to build stadium; Judge Napolitano cries foul: A ruling clearing the City of Orlando to seize a church for the purpose of building a stadium is gaining national attention, with Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew P. Napolitano questioning the constitutionality of the decision.Circuit Judge Patricia Doherty ruled Friday that a new Major League Soccer stadium serves the interests of the public and the city has the right to take the property of the small African-American church Faith Deliverance Temple, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Read more.

Fundraising woes of Charlie Crist: Is Charlie Crist losing fundraising momentum? The former Republican governor made headlines when he raised $2.1 million in November. But, just two months later, his numbers tell a different tale. In January, a political committee backing Crist raised only $375,000. Further analysis shows an even starker picture: two donors alone made up $200,000 of the total. Read more.

House panel backs ban on insurers discriminating against gun owners: Insurance companies could face tougher penalties if they impose higher rates, refuse to issue or cancel auto or homeowner policies due to gun ownership, under a measure backed by a House committee Tuesday. Florida law already prohibits such action, but Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, said his proposal (HB 255) would provide a remedy other than with the state Office of Insurance Regulation by allowing a policyholder to sue if an insurer took such an action. Read more. 

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Michele Kirk

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