Welcome to Tallahassee for five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips as the 2016 Legislative Session gets underway:
Trump rallies the ‘noisy as hell majority’ in Rubio and Jeb’s backyard – ‘kicking ass in Florida’ – Before a packed crowd of nearly 12,000 at the Pensacola Bay Center on Florida’s panhandle, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump compared President Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter, taunted the media, and lampooned his political opponents. After being introduced by George Scarborough, brother of MSNBC “Morning Joe” host and former congressman, Trump walked on stage to Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” and immediately took aim at the press. Read more
Related: Trump mania hits Pensacola
Florida Senate passes statewide water and natural resources policy – The Florida Senate passed its long-awaited state water bill Wednesday, making it one of the first actions of the 2016 Legislature, while issuing an emphatic statement about the need to safeguard Florida’s water and natural resources. Senate Bill 552, sponsored by Sen. Charlie Dean, R-Inverness, was crafted to implement a statewide policy to preserve and restore these resources for future generations. Read more
Florida Senate gets off to quick start – With an eye toward putting the gridlock of last year behind them, lawmakers are poised to pass a pair of bills this week that could go some way toward soothing relations between the House and Senate. The Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a measure overhauling state water policy, a priority of House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island. It also OK’d another bill providing more educational and employment opportunities for disabled students, tops on the wish list of Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando. Read more
Corcoran tells Florida Chamber execs ‘we are the enemy’ and ‘you guys are too’ – Incoming House Speaker Richard Corcoran didn’t tell the Florida Chamber exactly what he thought of them Wednesday, but he came close when he suggested that many of them were complicit in the self-interested politics and artificial barriers to free-market competition that has led to voter distrust and the emergence of Donald Trump. Read more
So-called ‘Florida Gun Rights’ group is scamming you – Once again email is flooding to Florida gun owners from an entity calling itself “Florida Gun Rights” (FLGR) asking that gun owners send email to Florida Legislators about a nonexistent bill. Read more
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