Florida Five: Feds raid firm with ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ link, Emergency carry gun law filed

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:

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FBI raids Florida firm with ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ link: witnesses – U.S. FBI agents on Wednesday raided the offices of Med-Care Diabetic & Medical Supplies Inc, a Florida medical device company whose executive vice president helped inspire the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” according to a Reuters reporter and other witnesses. The reporter saw dozens of agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Florida Division of Insurance Fraud, and local police around the site. Witnesses told Reuters the agents earlier closed entrances to the building that houses Med-Care and removed boxes of files. Danny Porush is a top executive at Med-Care who inspired the character portrayed by actor Jonah Hill in the 2013 movie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which told the story of defunct brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont Inc. Read more

Related: Med-Care Diabetic and Medical Supplies, Inc. investigated

South Florida braces for political fallout of normalized U.S.-Cuba relations – President Barack Obama’s push to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba, announced before Christmas, has reopened the national conversation about easing the embargo on the communist nation. Across the country and even in South Florida – ground zero for any debate on Cuban issues – response has been more mixed than many expected. Yet Democratic and Republican political experts aren’t sure what impact the events of the last few weeks will end up having on the local political landscape. Long dominated by conservative Republicans, Cuban-Americans are increasingly identifying with the Democratic Party, national polls show, and a higher percentage than before favor reestablishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and ending the embargo. Read more

FL gun law reform bill for emergency carry re-introduced – Florida State Senator Bandes aims to restore a portion of second amendment rights in the state. A quirk in the State law prevents people from taking their firearms with them during emergencies, including mandated emergency evacuations. Here is the stated purpose of SB 290 Read more

Coalition seeks to place solar-energy initiative on ballot – A coalition founded by environmentalists and political conservatives will announce in Tallahassee today a petition drive for a Florida constitutional amendment that would open up the business enterprise of promoting electrical energy from solar power. By seeking to let entrepreneurs to come to be power providers, leaders of Floridians for Solar Decision coalition expect fierce opposition from the state’s key electric utilities. Read more

Court hears case challenging constitutionality of blind trust law – Did the Florida Legislature violate the state’s financial disclosure law when it allowed public officials to shield their assets in a blind trust? Lawyers for Attorney General Pam Bondi and Gov. Rick Scott say the answer is no, and they made that argument Wednesday before the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee. The reason: the state’s Sunshine Amendment to the constitution allows lawmakers to write the rules that govern what constitute “full and public” disclosure of financial assets, even if it means shielding some assets from public view, they argued. Read more

Bonus: Gov. Rick Scott to help celebrate Pitbull’s birthday

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