Florida Five: Putnam blasts Va. AG over concealed carry snub, Fla. population surges over NY

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

concealed carryVirginia to no longer recognize Florida concealed weapons permits – Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam blasted a decision by the state of Virginia on Tuesday to no longer recognize concealed weapons permits from Florida and 24 other states. Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring, a Democrat, said effective February 1, 2016, his state will no longer recognize concealed weapons permits from 25 states that they previously recognized. Read more

NY falls further behind Florida in population The gap between the population of New York and Florida continues to grow. After surpassing New York as the third most populous state last year, Florida now has 475,481 more people than the Empire State – three times the gap just a year ago, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Tuesday. Read more

This holiday season is brought to you by these Florida lobbyists and political associations – The 2015 holiday season marks a quiet before the storm in Florida politics, before the lawmakers and lobbyists take over Tallahassee in January and the high drama of Jeb Bush vs. Marco Rubio and the rest of the GOP presidential field reaches its primary crescendo. Read more

Jeb Bush says he was more successful as governor than Chris Christie – Jeb Bush took a direct jab at Gov. Chris Christie’s economic stewardship of New Jersey on Tuesday as he campaigned in New Hampshire, a sign of Mr. Bush’s growing anxiety about the rising stature of a rival whose campaign once seemed doomed. “I would say it’s the record of accomplishment — my record in Florida compared to his,” Mr. Bush said in an interview with The Huffington Post. Read more 

Florida man keeps his grandfather’s memory alive thanks to friend’s surprise Hanukkah gift – West Palm Beach, Florida, lawyer and philanthropist Gary Lesser, 48, received the Chanukah gift of his lifetime. After learning there was a donation envelope sent by his late grandfather Joseph Lesser in 1934 to honor his great grandfather Phillip Lesser, the young Lesser was blown away when a friend handed it to him for Chanukah this year. Read more

ICYMI: Talk about a Grinch! Prof using THIS alternative to ‘Merry Christmas’ must have been out of ideas 

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