Florida Five: Rubio uses Paris attacks in first ad, Kerry defends Syrian screening to Gov. Scott

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

Rubio adMarco Rubio’s first TV ad warns, ‘What happened in Paris could happen here’ – Marco Rubio’s campaign is out with its first TV ad, warning that “What happened in Paris could happen here.These aren’t disgruntled or disempowered people,” Rubio says. “These are radical terrorists who want to kill us, because we let women drive, because we let girls go to school.” Read more

John Kerry defends ‘thorough’ Syrian refugee screening in letter to Rick Scott – Secretary of State John Kerry sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott that defends the vetting process for Syrian refugees as “extraordinarily thorough and comprehensive.” “Bottom line—under the current system, if there is doubt about whether an applicant would pose a security risk, that individual will not be admitted to the United States as a refugee,” reads the letter, co-signed by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Read more

Dramatic rise of renegade ‘no party’ voters is reshaping state politics –Three simple letters have ignited a civic rebellion in Florida that could reshape the state’s politics for decades to come. The letters are NPA. It’s short for no party affiliation, for voters who refuse to label themselves Republicans or Democrats because they do not identify with either party. They are deserting the two major parties in droves, mostly in South Florida and in greater Orlando, and many are young and Hispanic. Read more

Lawmakers seek to shoot down trading Of EBT cards – As state lawmakers move forward with measures to expand where and how people can carry handguns, they don’t want Floridians trading government food aid to get firearms. People found swapping state food-assistance benefits for firearms or drugs would face tougher penalties, under a bill that cleared its first legislative committee. Read more

Lawmakers could leave film incentives on cutting-room floor – Movie and television industry advocates are hoping this year’s effort to renew a tax incentive program is a classic underdog story like “Rocky,” “Rudy” or “Hoosiers.” But political tensions, budget constraints and a resistance to using taxpayer cash for short-term job creation mean lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott might bring on an unhappy ending. Read more

ICYMI: SNL brings back nasty DWS, floats refugee terror vetting: ‘Eat bacon while singing a Christmas carol’ 

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