Florida Five: Firefighter hit in drive-by shooting, ‘The Interview’ sells out in central Florida

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:

Jacksonville firefighters
Photo credit: Josh Whitston, WTLV-TV

Are uniforms a target now? Florida firefighter wounded in station house drive-by shooting – A firefighter in north Florida was struck in the arm Tuesday evening when his fire station came under fire in a drive-by shooting. About a half-dozen firefighters were outside of Station 28 in the Jacksonville area gassing up vehicles when a car drove by and opened fire, said Lt. Jackson Short of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, according to WJAX-TV. Read more

Central Florida showing of ‘The Interview’ sells out – Hackers’ threats didn’t stop Central Floridians from showing up Thursday night for the opening of “The Interview,” which attracted so many moviegoers that the only local theater showing it added a second screening. Three hundred tickets — a sellout — were bought for the first show, at 10 p.m. at Touchstar Cinemas Southchase 7 in south Orange County, manager Rob Healy said. A second show was added at 11:45 p.m. More showings are scheduled for today at 3:45 p.m. and 10 p.m. The theater was one of about 200 nationwide to show the comedy. Read more

Rubio PAC’s finances may point to possible presidential run – For Marco Rubio and his leadership political action committee, a lot of money comes in. But when it comes to supporting his fellow candidates, not a lot goes out. Rubio, a Republican senator from Florida and a potential presidential candidate in 2016, controls a leadership PAC that topped all others this past election cycle, bringing in more money than nearly 300 similar fundraising outfits in Congress, according to an analysis of federal campaign records. Reclaim America PAC, Rubio’s committee, collected about $3.8 million for the 2014 midterm elections, according to Federal Election Commission filings through late November. It spent just under $4 million, ranking No. 2, just behind the leadership PAC for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., a former vice presidential candidate. Read more

Florida woman attacks satanic display in Capitol for Christmas – A Florida woman was charged with criminal mischief Tuesday after ripping apart a satanic display in the state’s Capitol. Susan Hemeryck, 54, entered the Capitol at 11:23 a.m. and told a police officer that “she was sorry and had to take the Satanic display.” When she was ordered not to remove the fallen-angel display from its table, Hemeryck “reached forward and began to rip apart the display,” according to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement probable-cause affidavit. Read more

Florida clerks won’t give gays marriage licenses – Most of Florida’s 67 clerks of court don’t plan to issue marriage licenses to gay couples on Jan. 6, paralyzed by confusion over whether a ban on same-sex marriage is being lifted across the whole state that day, according to an Associated Press survey. The overwhelmingly majority of clerks who responded to AP’s inquiry this week said they wouldn’t offer marriage licenses to same-sex couples without further clarification from a federal judge on whether his ruling applies beyond Washington County. A lawsuit filed in the remote Panhandle county by two men seeking to be married became a key basis for U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle’s decision ruling the state’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. Read more

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