Florida Five: Police chiefs to back open-carry bill, ‘Spaghetti monster’ to return to Capitol

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

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Florida police chiefs will back revised open-carry bill – Acknowledging “momentum” behind a proposal that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to openly carry guns, the Florida Police Chiefs Association said Thursday its board of directors had voted to back the controversial measure — as long as changes designed to protect law-enforcement officers are included. Read more

“Disco pole” approved, “spaghetti monster” applies for Capitol holiday displays – A rainbow-colored pole with a disco ball on top has been cleared for display this holiday season in the state Capitol rotunda, its sponsor told FloridaPolitics.com on Thursday. South Florida blogger Chaz Stevens said the Department of Management Services, which oversees state property, OK’d his Gay Pride Festivus pole to be shown Dec. 21-28. Read more

Despite redistricting, Negron pledges to maintain GOP’s Senate edge – An intra-Republican leadership fight filled with turmoil and a pending redistricting case that could give Democrats more chances to pick up seats in 2016 isn’t getting Sen. Joe Negron down. The Stuart Republican says he’s committed to keeping the GOP’s 26-14 edge in the state Senate. “I do not intend to give up one inch of political territory this election cycle,” Negron said. Read more

Related: After winning Florida Senate presidency, Negron posts a $97,000 day 

Finance reports reveal biggest election battles brewing in the Florida Legislature – With less than a year until the November 2016 elections, campaign finance records released Thursday already show where the biggest battles for Florida Legislature seats are developing. In North Florida, a pair of Republicans have amassed more than $1.4 million for what is expected to be one of the mostly hotly contested state Senate races. Read more

If asked, Alex Sink would gladly serve as part of a Hillary Clinton administration – Last week, Hillary Clinton spent two days fundraising up and down Florida. For her first and only appearance in the Tampa Bay area, she held a fundraiser at the Thonotassa home of Alex Sink, where an estimated 250-300 people showed up to see and hear the Democratic presidential candidate up close. Read more

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