Florida Five: Fla. reacts to Obama’s gun control moves, FAU officially fires Sandy Hook truther

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


Gun groups, Florida politicians react to Obama’s executive order on gun control – President Barack Obama issued an executive order to help prevent gun violence on Tuesday, setting off a chain of reactions from politicians, gun rights activists and gun control groups alike, all of whom had something to say about the president’s big step to fight against mass shootings in the U.S. Read more

Related: Florida official predicts surge in concealed weapons permits because of Obama executive action

FAU officially fires prof who claims Sandy Hook a hoax — Florida Atlantic University has officially fired the professor who has attracted national publicity by claiming the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax and then publicly feuding with the parents of one of the victims. The university sent a letter Tuesday to James Tracy, a tenured associate professor of communications, announcing the action. Read more

Renumbering state Senate districts triggers political scramble – It may sound like a simple process, but the Florida Senate’s random renumbering of all its districts statewide Tuesday touched off a series of complicated twists that one key lawmaker said only adds more chaos to a continuing redistricting saga. Read more

Related: State Senate candidates scramble for seats as districts renumbered

‘Enough is enough!’ Lib petition to oust Wasserman Schultz nearly reaches goal in 4 DAYS! – Party members are now officially calling for Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s head on a platter, and the petition is going off-the-charts viral. Sponsored by the progressive group RootsAction.org, the four-day-old petition has attracted more than 24,000 signatures, with a stated goal of 25,000. Read more

Florida Insurance Commissioner McCarty resigning May 2 — Kevin McCarty, who helped guide Florida’s fragile insurance market in the wake of eight hurricanes a decade ago, announced Tuesday that he is resigning as the state’s insurance commissioner. During his 13-year tenure, McCarty dealt with the near collapse of the state’s homeowners’ insurance market, major changes in health insurance and contentious legislative battles over auto insurance, medical malpractice and the state-created Citizens Property Insurance. Read more

Good news: Florida graduation rates continue to soar

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