Florida Five: Congressional reps oppose campus carry, What Fla. Googled during GOP debate

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

Student GunFlorida congressional Democrats: Say no to campus carry – Florida Congressional Democrats are speaking out against proposed legislation to allow individuals with concealed carry permits to bring their firearms onto college campuses, adding fire to a bill which is already heating up before the 2016 legislative session has even begun. Read more

What Florida Googled during GOP debate – Tallahassee-based GOP consulting firm Strategic Digital Services (SDS) conducted an interesting analysis of top Florida Google searches during the Tuesday’s Republican debate in Las Vegas. “The Google search data from last night’s debate solidifies that Donald Trump is absolutely no longer the side show candidate,” said Joe Clements, co-founder of SDS. Read more

Gov. Rick Scott, Adam Putnam and solar power among top 10 PAC fundraisers for 2015 – A group supporting a solar power ballot initiative backed by utility companies has become the state’s biggest fundraising committee in 2015, eclipsing Gov. Rick Scott’s Let’s Get to Work committee, which had been leading the way for most of the year until now. Read more

On pot and slots, big news could mean nothing – Two big issues, two big ifs for Palm Beach County. A new county ordinance to decriminalize marijuana possession could bring $100 fines instead of arrests, if the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office goes along. A new gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe could allow slot machines at the Palm Beach Kennel Club, if the deal is ratified by the Legislature. Each would be a sensible step. But neither is a sure thing. Read more

Solar power amendment opponent says its passage would cost ratepayers $1.1 billion – The ballot initiative that would increase access to solar power in Florida next year has faced intense opposition from the public utilities and big business all year long. One of those opponents is The James Madison Institute (JMI), a conservative think-tank based in Tallahassee. Read more

Sorry Oklahoma! Florida man to display ‘Festivus Pole’ at Oklahoma Capitol 

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