Florida Five: Did Trump lobby Jeb for casinos in Florida?, Legislature reloads gun bills

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

Trump and Bush debate
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FACT CHECK: So, did Trump ask Jeb for casinos in Florida or not? – During the Republican primary debate on Wednesday night, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump got into a heated exchange about whether Trump tried to bribe Bush to allow casinos in Florida. Read more

Related: How Jeb Bush squashed Trump’s plan to fill Florida
with the greatest casinos in the world

Gun bills being reloaded in legislature – Floridians who have concealed weapons permits would be allowed to openly carry firearms and Tasers under a bill filed in the Florida Legislature this week. The bill would also allow lawsuits to be filed against city and county officials if they interfere with a Floridian’s right to openly carry a firearm. It is just one of several gun rights bills that will be considered in the legislative session that begins in January 2016. Read more

Fla GOP: No we’re not extorting presidential candidates, just pressuring them – Here’s the nifty idea state GOP leaders have come up with to ensure every presidential candidate shows up to the state party’s Nov. 13-14 “Sunshine Summit” cattle call: If any candidate fails to show up, then their name will be excluded the ballot for Florida’s primary. In other words if, say, Donald Trump or Jeb Bush or Ben Carson or whoever fails to speak in person to 2,500 party insiders at the summit organized by Florida GOP Chairman Blaise Ingoglia, then more than 4-million registered Republicans won’t have an opportunity to vote for that candidate in Florida’s March 15 presidential primary. Read more

Rep. Richard Corcoran formally named House Speaker-designate – Florida House Republicans voted in a formal ceremony to elect Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, as House Speaker-designate for the 2016-2018 term. Corcoran, a Tallahassee insider who has worked as chief of staff for Marco Rubio when he was House Speaker and as an aide for other lawmakers, blasted the influence of special interests in his speech, as well as the unwillingness to stand up to them by lawmakers. Read more

Florida bill to repeal ban on shacking up takes first step – Shacking up together could finally become legal again in Florida after 147 years. The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 10-3 on Wednesday to approve a bill to repeal the prohibition on cohabitation, which has been on the books since 1868. It is a $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail if a man and woman are living together. Read more

2016 Watch: Marco Rubio would have the edge on Dems if he wants second senate term

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