Florida Five: Powerball frenzy crashes Fla. lottery website, Rally against open carry in So. Fla.

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

Fla lottery1Frantic Powerball ticket buyers crash Florida Lottery website – Dreams of getting rich overnight crashed the Florida Lottery website late Wednesday and into the morning Thursday. With a $500 million jackpot on the line in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing, an unusually large number of people came to the site, according to department spokeswoman Shelly Gerteisen. Read more

Bill would shield Ted Nugent, other hunters’ info – When I called rock star/trophy hunter/pro-gun advocate Ted Nugent in August to ask him about hunting black bears in Florida, the Motor City Madman was startled I had his unlisted digits. “Where’d you get this [number],” he asked. Read more

South Florida politicians, police rally against gun bills – It was a show of South Florida disapproval for a bill that would allow nearly 1.5 million Floridians with concealed carry permits to openly carry their firearms rather than having to keep them hidden. But the bill, one of several gun proposals to be taken up by lawmakers when the 2016 session begins Tuesday, has a good chance of passing the House. Read more

GOP activists from Florida featured in RNC’s new TV ads – Two Florida Republican activists are showcased in the latest round of TV ads as the Republican National Committee (RNC) looks to build up its team for 2016. The RNC is set to run ads highlighting the Republican Leadership Initiative (RLI) which will run on Fox Business during next week’s debate between the Republican presidential candidates. Read more

Don’t sweep away housing money, lawmakers urged — A group of 30 social service advocates, homebuilders, business leaders and faith-based organizations want the Legislature to spend all $324 million of housing trust fund money on housing programs this year rather than sweep a huge portion of that money into the state’s budget. Spending the money would create 32,600 jobs and provide $4.6 billion in economic stimulus to the economy, Sadowski Housing Coalition members said at a news conference Thursday. Read more

ICYMI: What did she say this time? Wasserman Schultz enrages her base, again 

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