Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:
Concealed weapon permits expedited for Florida military, veterans – The state of Florida is making another change in the wake of the deadly shooting rampage at Chattanooga military centers. Concealed weapon license applications submitted by active military and veterans in Florida will now be expedited. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced the change on Monday, eleven days after five members of the military were shot and killed at a Chattanooga military recruiting and training centers by Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24. Read more
Dena Minning runs for boyfriend Alan Grayson’s congressional seat – Dr. Dena Minning is running for the congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., with whom she has been romantically linked. Minning had been rumored to launch a congressional bid for weeks now, even as liberal activist Susannah Randolph, a former Grayson staffer, entered the race. Grayson is running for the Democratic nomination to replace U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in 2016. Over the weekend, Minning brought up her medical background and why it would help her in Congress. Read more
Is easy accord likely at last on redistricting? Lawyers hint it is as Senate settlement appears underway – Signaling a new sense of cooperation between lawyers for the Legislature and a coalition of voters groups over redistricting, a hearing to organize the trial schedule for the congressional map lasted just over three minutes Monday as both sides hinted that an early accord is likely. “I think there’s a high likelihood, with the specific direction that the Legislature has from the Supreme Court, that maybe we won’t need a long remedial hearing,’’ said David King, lead lawyer for the plaintiffs, which include the League of Women Voters and Common Cause of Florida. Read more
State asks Seminole Tribe when it will shut down blackjack tables — Florida and the Seminole Tribe of Florida appear headed for a showdown about the tribe’s successful casinos. A deal authorizing blackjack and other types of card games at casinos such as the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa expires on Friday. The state’s top gambling regulator wrote a letter to the tribe chairman Monday asking for a meeting where tribal leaders are expected to give state officials a timeline for closing down blackjack tables. Read more
At $14 billion, beer is big business for Florida — Florida loves a cold brew — a lot, according to a new study that says beer pumps $14 billion into the state’s economy every year. The beer industry accounts for more than $5 billion in wages and benefits for more than 125,000 jobs in the state, according to the study commissioned by the Beer Institute and National Beer Wholesalers Association, an industry group of distributors who transport bottles, cans and kegs from breweries to stores and bars. Read more
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