Florida Five: Gov. Scott, other Fla. politicians oppose Syrian refugees to the Sunshine State

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

syrian refugeesGov. Rick Scott says Florida doesn’t want Syrian refugees – Florida Gov. Rick Scott is among at least 15 governors, mostly Republicans, saying they do not want Syrian refugees to be relocated to their states in light of the Paris attacks. “Following the terrorist attacks by ISIS in Paris that killed over 120 people and wounded more than 350, and the news that at least one of the terror attack suspects gained access to France by posing as a Syrian refugee, our state agency will not support the requests we have received,” Scott wrote to congressional leaders on Monday. Read more

Related: Florida lawmakers ask Gov Scott to reject Syrian refugees for sake of public safety 

Florida politicians opine on U.S. policy after Paris attacks –The Paris attacks swiftly became a political issue in the U.S., with Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio positioning themselves as ready to confront the Islamic State and even Florida Senate candidates weighing in. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, on Monday shot off a letter to Obama that said Syrian refugees should  not be allowed in. Read more

Fantasy sports group backs proposed Florida regulations – It’s not often you see an industry pleading for more government regulations, but that is exactly what daily fantasy sports companies are seeking in Florida. With other states threatening their very existence, a trade group for the daily fantasy sports industry – the Fantasy Sports Trade Association – is telling Florida legislators that they support new proposed regulations for their industry, which would also allow them to continue operating legally. Read more

Lawmakers pitch pot proposals as amendment looms – With a constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana looming for next year’s ballot, some Florida legislators are floating proposals that would expand on a limited pot law that’s almost a year behind schedule. One measure — backed by sponsors of the 2014 law that authorized non-euphoric marijuana, commonly known as “Charlotte’s Web” —would allow terminally ill patients to use full-strength medical marijuana. Read more

Former Florida first lady Rhea Chiles remembered for grace, compassion – History, family and faith converged Monday as Florida warmly said goodbye to Rhea Chiles. The widow of former Gov. Lawton Chiles died last week at age 84. She was first lady during the 1990s, the “inner voice” Chiles said he heard giving him sage advice. Read more

BONUS: Ingoglia takes victory lap after Florida GOP summit – After fending off early critics and fears no one would attend, Republican Party of Florida chair Blaise Ingoglia is taking a victory lap Monday after the weekend’s Sunshine Summit saw 14 GOP presidential candidates converge on Orlando for the event that was his brainchild. Read more

Community stands together: Never Again stressed in rally 

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