Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:
New LIBRE Initiative ads target Joe Garcia over ‘communism works’ line: The LIBRE Initiative, a conservative Hispanic group, is launching a three-week Spanish-language television ad campaign against Congressman Joe Garcia, seizing on the Miami Democrat’s recent sardonic remark that “communism works.” Read more.
Florida must cut carbon under Obama climate plan: An ambitious new plan to reduce carbon pollution nationwide calls for Florida to cut levels by 38 percent. Florida’s heavy reliance on natural gas could make cutting carbon pollution under an ambitious plan unveiled Monday by the Obama administration easier to swallow. The complex rule, touted as the strongest federal effort yet to combat climate change by regulating power plant carbon emissions for the first time, calls for reducing emissions nationally by 30 percent by 2030. The rule covers all fossil fuel-powered plants, which generate about 6 percent of the planet’s greenhouse gases, but chiefly targets the nation’s biggest polluters: coal-fired power plants. Florida, which gets about 68 percent of its power from plants running on natural gas, would have to reduce emissions by 38 percent, according to calculations by the Environmental Protection Agency. Read more.
Pam Bondi doesn’t retreat from defending traditional marriage law: Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi made her case about why she is defending the state constitutional amendment which mandates only traditional marriage is recognized in the Sunshine State. Bondi released a statement on Monday night about her role in defending the law in the current challenge from same-sex couples wishing to be married in Florida. In the statement, Bondi said:“In 2008, Florida voters amended their state Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. In response to a recent challenge to this provision, and in keeping with my sworn duty to uphold the laws of the land, my office recently filed a legal brief defending the voters’ decision. “The fundamental argument of our brief is that the voters had the right to adopt this definition of marriage, just as they have the right in the future to change their minds and afford legal recognition to same-sex marriage, should they so choose. Read more.
How would medical marijuana be sold — and controlled?: Los Angeles once had about 1,000 storefront dispensaries unrecognized by state law. A loose system allowed people to stroll in, tell a doctor they couldn’t sleep, and stroll out with bud. Read more.
GOP’s Crist joke: ‘Three guys walk into a bar …’: Republicans are fine-tuning their attack lines to use against Charlie Crist on the campaign trail this summer and fall. The strategy was in full bloom in Panama City on Monday, where Gov. Rick Scott held a small business campaign event.”So three guys walk into a bar — a Republican, an independent and a Democrat,” said Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City. “What does the bartender say? ‘Hey, Charlie!'” Read more.
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