Florida Five: St. Pete flies gay flag – refuses pro-life flag, Rapper Pitbull named tourism ambassador

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

Pro-life FlagPro-life activist pushing for flag over St. Pete City Hall has been answered: ‘No’ – For the second year in a row a pro-life activist has started an online petition asking for support in compelling St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman to fly a pro-life flag above City Hall in September for the Forty Days of Life events planned to combat abortion. Christian, pro-life activist Scott Mahurin has spoken at numerous City Council meetings, left messages for the Mayor and City Council members, mailed letters and sent emails asking his request to be considered. Read more

Rapper Pitbull named ambassador for Florida tourism – Miami-based rapper Pitbull is partnering with Visit Florida to promote the state as a tourism destination. Pitbull, whose real name is Armando Christian Pérez, is Visit Florida’s newest ambassador. He will film his upcoming video for the single Sexy Beaches in Florida. Pitbull’s videos have more than 6 billion online views, and he has had No. 1 hits in more than 15 countries. Pitbull, who has more than 100 million social media followers, will use and feature Visit Florida’s #LoveFL hashtag on all his video screens at concerts around the world. Read more

Joe Biden heads to South Florida as he considers running for president – As Vice President Joe Biden weighs whether to take on Hillary Clinton, he’ll be gathering political intelligence and gauging potential support for a presidential campaign during a two-day trip to South Florida. Biden has a range of official and political business on his schedule Wednesday and Thursday… Read more

Special session fizzles, but fundraising was strong for key Florida Senate leaders – August ended in failure for the Florida Legislature when it could not produce a redistricting plan before the end of its court-mandated special session. But financially, it was anything but a failure for some of the top future leaders in the Florida Senate when it came to raising money from lobbyists and interest groups. Read more

Florida’s new drone law, restricting ‘surveillance,’ is a gift to personal injury lawyers – Look for lawmakers to revisit Florida’s new drone law. Maybe later rather than sooner. But certainly tweaks are on the horizon for a law governing a budding industry that few understand and even fewer trust. The bill the Legislature passed last session and Gov. Rick Scott signed May 14 — the Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act — lays out a gold-plated welcome mat for personal injury law firms looking to establish a new cottage industry. Read more

Good news! Dogs trapped in hot cars could be freed by good Samaritans under proposed Florida law

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