Florida Five: ‘Gun safety’ bill could spark controversy, Sheriffs fight back against open carry

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

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‘Gun safety’ proposal includes harsher penalties for permit violations – A Broward County Democrat has filed legislation for the 2016 session that’s intended to promote gun safety by mandating more training for concealed-weapons permit-holders and requiring them to declare they’re carrying when approached by any police officer or other first-responder. Read more

Florida Sheriffs Association fights back against gun groups on sheriff’s open carry statements – Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri caused an uproar with gun rights activists last week for comments about concealed carry permit holders, prompting the Florida Sheriffs Association to contend Gualtieri’s remarks were taken out of context. Read more

FDP releases ad for mock Marco Rubio credit card – Just in time for Tuesday night’s GOP presidential debate from Las Vegas, the Florida Democratic Party is mocking Marco Rubio with the release of a new web video called, “The Rubio Card” that mocks the Florida Senator’s variously reported financial problems over the years. Read more

Senate redistricting trial opens with admission of guilt and fight over process – The Senate redistricting trial began Monday with an admission of guilt by the Senate about past wrongs, and a rare agreement between the sides. Lawyers for the House and Senate and the challengers, a coalition led by the League of Women Voters and Common Cause of Florida, agreed that two maps submitted in the 2012 redistricting fight as public maps were actually drawn by Republican political operatives. Read more

Florida CFO Jeff Atwater says governor likely to get most, but not all, of his tax-cut wish list – Gov. Rick Scott’s proposals to spend virtually all the growth in Florida tax revenue in the coming year on tax cuts aimed at benefiting businesses and on a big increase for the state agency that hands out subsidies for business faces a difficult path — even in a Legislature controlled by his fellow Republicans. Read more

In memoriam: Leander Shaw: Florida’s first black chief justice dies at 85

ICYMI: Video: Woman brags about kicking his a** as she fights mammoth cop in DMV 

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