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7:04 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Is Trouble Brewing Again Between Florida Sheriffs, NRA Over Gun Evacuation Bill?

The former President of the National Rifle Association and current lobbyist Marion Hammer (left) and Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri with the Florida Sheriff's Association
Credit ammoland.com/pinellascounty.org

Trouble could be brewing again between a group of Sheriffs and a huge gun rights organization over a controversial gun bill that failed last year.

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State News
6:15 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

AG Bondi Backing Bill Allowing Young Victims To Secretly Record Sex Abusers

Attorney General Pam Bondi speaking to reporters Wednesday about her backing of a bill allowing certain young sex abuse victims privately record their attackers.
Credit Florida Channel

Attorney General Pam Bondi says she’s on board with a bill making it easier for sexual abuse victims under the age of 17 to privately record their attacker so it can hold up in a Florida court.

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to get that through because that’s very, very important. But, just know, that it’s a very narrow, narrow field, and only has to do with children and rape victims—not just at the hands of their parents, but any pedophile,” said Bondi, during a recent Associated Press gathering in Tallahassee.

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Sports
5:57 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Commercials, Dips & Gambling: The Super Bowl Must Be Here

This Sunday, football won't be the only game being played.
Credit John Wardell via Flickr

Across the country this weekend, eyes will be glued to the final football game of the season featuring the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.  And in Florida, Sunday’s Super Bowl is likely to feature beer, potluck tables covered in bizarre dips, and of course, a bit of not-quite-legal gambling.

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State News
4:10 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Scott And The Incredibly Shrinking Budget

Credit Associated Press

Forget his campaign promises to shrink government and grow the job market.

Governor Rick Scott had to put his money where his mouth is when he rolled out his $77 billion spending proposal this week.

Scott’s idea of jolting the economy is $673 million in tax cuts, and his notion of a smaller government is eliminating 1,017 state positions.

Scott started with a billion-dollar surplus and a soft spot for cable TV subscribers and cell phone users. He says a $470 million reduction in telecommunications taxes will make a difference in people’s lives.

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Politics
4:08 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

The Mayor Goes to Tom: Andrew Gillum Visits Perspectives to Weigh In on the Issues

Once the youngest person to be elected a city commissioner, Andrew Gillum now faces scores of challenges in his new role as mayor of Tallahassee. He enters office on the heels of a slew of issues, some of which he supports, like the “Ban the Box” initiative, which would eliminate the need for new applicants to initially divulge their criminal histories when applying for city jobs.

Gillum says that, although there are still issues to be ironed out, that the positives outweigh the negatives, such as employment keeping former felons on the right track.

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