Rick Scott Releases Statement About FSU Shootings, Fails to Mention He Passed More Gun Laws Than Any Other Governor

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Following the shooting on FSU's campus Wednesday night, Gov. Rick Scott released a statement saying that prayers were with the families and loved ones of the students and victims.

It was a timely release, one that every governor should put out following a tragedy like this.

The statement mentioned the bravery of police. It mentioned how FSU will come back stronger from this. It mentioned how he, Rick Scott, is a father and can relate to the anxiety and worry students' parents must have felt.

The one thing the statement failed to mention: that Rick Scott holds the record for most gun laws passed in a state in a single term for a governor.

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James Carville Says FSU Stands for "For Sale University"

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Democratic rainmaker and columnist James Carville on Tuesday penned a column for the insidery political paper The Hill. The article attacked Florida State University and its ties to libertarian sugar daddies the Koch Brothers.

Fair point, though the timing was unfortunate -- not the greatest day to attack FSU. On Thursday, the university was rocked with a horrific library shooting.

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CNN Hero Aaron Jackson Crowd-Funding a Food Truck for the Homeless Outside City Hall

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Aaron Jackson, 33, being cited outside Fort Lauderdale City Hall after feeding the homeless with 30 boxes of Little Caesar's pizza on November 10.

Aaron Jackson, a CNN Hero and president of the nonprofit Planting Peace, is starting a crowd-funding campaign to open a food truck outside City Hall -- essentially giving a delicious middle finger to Fort Lauderdale's controversial homeless food-sharing regulations.

This isn't just another food truck to serve tacos or gelato, and this isn't Jackson's first time taking his cause right across the street from his opposition's either. In 2013, Jackson bought a home across from the Westboro Baptist Church, arguably the nation's loudest anti-LGBT rights group, and painted it the colors of a pride flag as an act of solidarity with pro-LGBT rights groups.

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Homeless Man Arrested in Fort Lauderdale City Commission Meeting to Raise Awareness for the Homeless (Video)

Homeless Man Arrested in Fort Lauderdale City Meeting to Raise Awareness for Homeless from Voice Media Group and Dylan Bouscher on Vimeo.

Ray Cox, a homeless man, was stopped Tuesday by police officers as he was entering a City Commission meeting, where commissioners were proclaiming November 16-22 "National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week" in the city.

After Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler called the meeting to order, Cox walked up to ask Seiler why he was being harassed before taking a seat in the first row of the City Commission chambers.

"If you're going to disrupt the meeting, step outside," Seiler told Cox as officers approached and escorted him out. "You're welcome to come back in, when you're done."

See also: Fort Lauderdale's Controversial Homeless Feeding Restrictions Spark National Outrage

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By Any Count, Broward Shelters Don't Have Enough Beds

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Food Not Bombs activists are continuing their public food sharing in Stranahan Park on Fridays at 4 p.m., in defiance of a new Fort Lauderdale ordinance that regulates the activity.
Today, Fort Lauderdale votes to declare this National Homeless and Hunger Awareness Week. That's an anemic response to weeks of protest from a city that has made headlines for passing laws regulating how its homeless can be fed. Its main shelter features only 230 temporary beds. But the county has reported more than 2,700 homeless residents this year.

A count from January 2012 (located at the bottom of this page) put the county's homeless population at 3,183, ranking Broward the sixth-highest in homeless populations among Florida's counties. (Hillsborough was number one.) The homeless population here decreased 12 percent between 2012 and 2013, to 2,810.

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Marco Rubio Is Favored to Win GOP Nomination, According to Political Strategist

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With the midterm election dust settling and political donors and insiders getting ready to do it all all over again in a couple of years, Marco Rubio has decided to go all-in without actually making any kind of announcement of a 2016 run at the White House by releasing a book this coming January.

With Jeb Bush getting open endorsements to run in 2016 from former presidents and family members George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, it's now Rubio's turn to get his name into the media cycle.

According to Amazon.com, Rubio's "American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone" will be available for purchase January 13.

See also: Jeb Bush Is Probably Most Likely Going to Run for President, Maybe

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Professor: Homeless Populations Exist Because Power Is Concentrated Among the Rich

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Evan Rowe is an adjunct professor at Broward College.

Fort Lauderdale has garnered some national headlines -- we made the New York Times today -- with the recent anti-homeless laws that the City Commission enacted that basically serve as an attempt to remove the undesirables from downtown.

But there is no way to deal with the homeless problem without first dealing with the problem of concentrated power. The problem with poverty is that it is inversely related to concentrated wealth.

You cannot produce sizable working poor and homeless people unless you tolerate an arrogant rich minority to live with entirely too much power at everyone else's expense. The homeless population is predicated on the power of the few being enhanced over the many. And it is in fact the majority of the working population, along with the homeless population, that exists to support this class.

So, to have the city hyperobsessing over homelessness rather than dealing with the arrogant minority as the cause is absurd but also common in a political system in which the majority has almost no control over the political system in any meaningful way.

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Group Hunger Strike and Protest at Mayor's House Planned in Opposition to Homeless Laws

Activists Stopped From Feeding the Homeless in Fort Lauderdale from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

Ninety-year-old Arnold Abbott may have grabbed international attention last week when he defied a new ordinance designed to restrict the feeding of homeless people, but other activist groups are just warming up.

Jillian Pim, 30, from South Florida's Food Not Bombs chapter, is starting the second week of her hunger strike.

This Wednesday, November 12, Pim and her husband, Nathan, will mark the 11th day of her hunger strike (and their four-year anniversary) by picketing outside Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler's home at noon.

See also: A 90-Year-Old and Two Clergymen Cited, Face Possible Jail Time, for Feeding the Homeless in Fort Lauderdale UPDATED

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Democratic State House Leader Mark Pafford Sizes Up the Election

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Election Day's coast-to-coast drubbing of Democratic candidates may have party leaders reeling elsewhere, but Florida's blue brigade is at home with adversity, having endured minority status in the state Legislature for almost two decades.

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- Rick Scott Is Governor Again Because Broward Didn't Show Up at the Polls

Democrats had a legitimate shot at the governor's mansion this time, but that too went down in a blaze of negative ads. How did things go awry? And how to soldier on in such terrain? New Times put these questions to incoming House Minority Leader Mark Pafford.

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Medical Marijuana Rejected: What Went Wrong, Where to Go From Here

Amendment 2 got more votes than Rick Scott, Jeff Atwater, and Pam Bondi. More Floridians voted yes on 2 than they did no. Yet, Florida remains a state without legalized medical marijuana. Simply because it couldn't get those final two percentage points to push it over the top.

What did Amendment 2 in was, not surprisingly, demographics.

Sixty-three percent of those 65 years of age or older voted no on 2. That came down to 25 percent of the vote. Not shockingly, it was the younger voters who came out in force for Amendment 2, with 79 percent of the 18-to-29 demo voting for the initiative to pass.

Yet it wasn't enough. Because the amendment needed 60 percent to pass.

And Florida is the only state that requires 60 percent to pass a ballot initiative.

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