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The two Democratic candidates running for Attorney General are not doing the Republican field any favors on gun issues. Both Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres, and Sen. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, voted with the majority as the Senate vowed today not to raid the trust fund from concealed gun sales by a vote of 31-9State Senator Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, has her work cut out for her as she continued to run for governor. While both Attorney General Bill McCollum and state CFO Alex Sink can continue to fundraise for their gubernatorial campaigns, Dockery, as a member of the Legislature, is not allowed toLooks like another Florida executive is facing tough decisions as he tries to balance the budget. Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton is warning of massive layoffs as the city faces a deficit of $58 million next year and $259 million by 2015. Speaking of Peyton, his rival in the 2003 mayoral race, Nat Glover, has just been named interim president of Edward Waters College, his alma mater. When elected to the post, Glover was the first African-American sheriff in Florida since Reconstruction and he was mentioned as a possibility for lieutenant governor in 2002In his bid to upset Rep. Kendrick Meek in the Democratic Senate primary, former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre is going out all out on the offensive, bashing Meek for accepting money from disgraced U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-NY; helping the Wackenhut Security Corporation obtain a contract with Miami-Dade County after getting a campaign contribution; and for remaining silent as the U.S. Virgin Islands lures Diageo with incentives to manufacture Captain Morgan Rum there instead of Puerto RicoWhile their presence is being overshadowed by both Gov. Charlie Crist and former House Speaker Marco Rubio being there, Meek and Ferre both made an appearance at the Christian Family Conference last week and talked about their faith and how it shapes their policesIs a healthcare debate between U.S. Rep. Allen Grayson, D-FL, and U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-MN, on Larry King tonight really must see TV? The blogs certainly think so since they have been trumpeting it all day.

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