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  • FL Dems Look To Block State Gun Legislation
    Posted in In the News on January 22, 2016 | Preview rr

    WFSUFL Dems Look To Block State Gun LegislationBy Nick EvansRepublicans in the Florida Legislature are leading the charge to expand gun rights in public places. Democrats are doing their best to slow the progress.There are three major guns provisions moving through the legislature: guns on campus, open carry, and greater stand your ground protections. At a press conference Thursday, Sen. Chris Smith (D-Fort Lauderdale) gathered opponents of all three.“I’ve not seen a worse union of bills since B... Read more

  • Bill That Would Allow Guns on Florida College Campuses Dies in Committee
    Posted in In the News on January 22, 2016 | Preview rr

    MIAMI NEW TIMESBill That Would Allow Guns on Florida College Campuses Dies in CommitteeBy Kyle MunzenriederFlorida's Republican-lead legislature has a reputation for passing laws favorable to the gun lobby, but some measures go too far even for them. A bill that would have allowed people to carry guns onto college campuses has died in committee just nine days into the legislature's 2016 session and doesn't have much hope of coming back to life.HB 4001 and its Senate companion, SB 68, would have ... Read more

  • Two gun bills shot down in Florida Legislature
    Posted in In the News on January 22, 2016 | Preview rr

    SUN SENTINELTwo gun bills shot down in Florida LegislatureBy Dan SweeneyTALLAHASSEE - The legislature loaded up on gun rights bills when the session started, but already two appear to have been shot down.Bills were offered that would allow the open carrying of firearms, the carrying of firearms on college campuses, and that would make a stand your ground defense easier. Only the only open carry bill still shows signs of life.One reason: State Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, who effecti... Read more

  • DNC Chair At Florida Capitol to Oppose Guns on Campus Bill
    Posted in In the News on January 21, 2016 | Preview rr

    BLOOMBERGDNC Chair At Florida Capitol to Oppose Guns on Campus BillTallahassee, Fla. (AP) -- Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is hoping to convince Florida lawmakers to oppose a bill that would allow concealed weapons permit holders to bring guns on state university and college campuses.Wasserman Schultz was at the Florida Capitol on Thursday joining Democratic lawmakers and others at a news conference held to oppose the bill.She said most Flori... Read more

  • Senate chairman say bill to open campuses to gun toting students is dead
    Posted in In the News on January 21, 2016 | Preview rr

    TAMPA BAY TIMESSenate chairman say bill to open campuses to gun toting students is deadThe Senate chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed Thursday that the controversial bill, sb 68, to allow guns on college campuses will not get a hearing, even though it is moving swiftly through the Florida House."I don't think this is a Second Amendment issue,'' said Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, whose committee hear all the gun bills. "I think what we're talking about here is campus ... Read more

  • Diaz de la Portilla declares campus-carry bill dead for the session
    Posted in In the News on January 21, 2016 | Preview rr

    MIAMI HERALDDiaz de la Portilla declares campus-carry bill dead for the sessionThe Senate chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed Thursday that the controversial bill, sb 68, to allow guns on college campuses will not get a hearing, even though it is moving swiftly through the Florida House."I don't think this is a Second Amendment issue,'' said Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, whose committee hear all the gun bills. "I think what we're talking about here is campus safety a... Read more

  • CHRIS SMITH TO APPEAR WITH DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ TO ADDRESS STATE GUN MEASURES
    Posted in In the News on January 21, 2016 | Preview rr

    FLORIDA POLITICS BLOGCHRIS SMITH TO APPEAR WITH DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ TO ADDRESS STATE GUN MEASURESU.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will speak to reporters and the public about a pair of controversial gun bills circulating in the Legislature at her old state Capitol stamping grounds Thursday.Broward Sen. Chris Smith will join the Democratic National Committee chairwoman in Tallahassee to oppose legislative proposals to allow Floridians to openly carry firearms and to strike the state prohib... Read more

  • FPL Highlights New "Smarter" Grid Tech To Energy Officials
    Posted in In the News on January 14, 2016 | Preview rr

    CBS MIAMIFPL Highlights New “Smarter” Grid Tech To Energy OfficialsBy Lauren PastranaFORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — The smart grid is getting smarter.From remote control robots to high-flying drones, Florida Power and Light is using new unmanned technology to locate potential power glitches, before they actually become full-blown problems.“I’ll tell you, it is making a big difference for customers, not just during storms, but day in and day out,” said Eric Silagy, the President and CEO of the util... Read more

  • Who are the Muslim Americans attending tonight's State of the Union address?
    Posted in In the News on January 13, 2016 | Preview rr

    POSTWho are the Muslim Americans attending tonight’s State of the Union address?By Elise ViebeckDemocratic Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Keith Ellison are urging colleagues to invite Muslim Americans as guests to Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. So far, more than a dozen lawmakers — mostly Democrats — have heeded their call.It’s not uncommon for lawmakers to choose State of the Union guests that make a political statement. Several Democrats are planning to bring guests who have b... Read more

  • Muslim-American NYPD Officer to Attend State of the Union as Guest
    Posted in In the News on January 13, 2016 | Preview rr

    NBC NEWSMuslim-American NYPD Officer to Attend State of the Union as Guestby CHRIS FUCHSA Muslim-American New York Police Department (NYPD) lieutenant will join Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) as her guest at President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address on Tuesday, the congresswoman announced Monday.News of Lt. Adeel Rana's invitation comes amid heightened anti-Muslim sentiment, following terrorist attacks both in the U.S. and abroad, and less than a week after the city announced it would ... Read more