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Fact-Checking the Gun Debate

Feb 2, 2013
Tampa Bay Times

PolitiFact Florida has found some half truths in recent statements about gun control from Florida leaders.

Gun violence is back on the front burner of American political discussion -- in the wake of the killings of 26 students and teachers last month at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Gun control laws are part of that discussion -- with the president coming out in favor of closing background check loopholes and a ban on assault -style weapons and high capacity magazines.

Determined not to be excluded from the post-election bipartisan talk of passing immigration legislation, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Wednesday rejected two Republican proposals while outlining its own priorities.

Now that Republicans are widely embracing an overhaul of immigration laws, even a path to legal status for illegal residents, will their members in Congress follow through?

Senator Marco Rubio is attending Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's this week...could it be that Iowa holds the nation's first caucus? Apparently, he's also huddling with advisers to devise immigration reform plans.

Amy Green

It may take only a little sugar to make candy and cookies tasty treats, but sugar is big business.

This election cycle, sugar growers gave more to political campaigns than tobacco companies.

Big Sugar spends big to preserve a complex government program that benefits the industry by boosting the domestic price of the crop.

It costs consumers about $2-billion annually.

And in South Florida, nearly 700,000 acres are dedicated to growing sugar cane.

Protesters Disrupt Marco Rubio Speech

Aug 28, 2012
John O'Connor / WUSF

Marco Rubio was ambushed Tuesday as protesters crashed a Florida delegation breakfast during his speech.

At least eight people were removed from the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, where the Florida Republican National Convention delegation is staying. A Pinellas County sheriff’s deputy said the protesters were only being warned for trespassing, but would be arrested if they returned.

When Marco Rubio introduces Mitt Romney on Thursday, the Florida senator will see his rising star climb even higher into the national and international spotlight. Washington Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia explores Rubio's ascent in a new book titled... wait for it... The Rise of Marco Rubio.

Former Florida Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is endorsing Democratic president Barack Obama this fall, according to an op-ed in the Tampa Bay Times.

Crist said he is supporting Obama because of how he responded the the economy after taking office, including pushing for a federal stimulus bill to pay for infrastructure and schools. From the piece:

Rubio Keeps His Primetime Speaking Slot

Aug 24, 2012
Saul Loeb / AFP

Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will still have a primetime speaking role at the Republican National Convention after organizers turned down his offer to give Ann Romney his spot.

Rubio is scheduled to introduce presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney Thursday.

Convention organizers wanted to move Ann Romney from Monday night, when national television networks do not plan to cover the event. Ann Romney has been rescheduled for Tuesday night.

Here's the statement from Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades:

Among the Tea Party successes in the 2010 congressional elections was U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. He is now one of those on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's short list of possible running mates.

For any political party, Rubio would be worthy of consideration for vice president or a higher office. He's smart, good-looking and charismatic. The Cuban-American is a plus for Republicans, a party that polls show has been losing ground with Hispanics.

Rubio Working On New Version of DREAM Act

Apr 9, 2012
Mandel Ngan / AFP

Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is working on an alternative version of the DREAM Act, which would allow some undocumented youths and young adults a pathway to citizenship.

Rubio's version would require undocumented immigrants wait to become citizens, he told the Tampa Bay Times, but would allow those who qualify to remain in the U.S. legally while waiting.

Just in time for the fall election, Sen. Marco Rubio and other Republicans are reportedly working on their own version of the DREAM Act.

Polls show Republicans are having trouble getting Hispanic votes, largely because of rhetoric coming from the Republican primary race.