Good morning. It's Monday, April 14, 2014, which makes it ... National Dolphin Day.
Every day in Florida is firearms day. The state's Republican lawmakers, Tonya Alanez writes in the Sun-Sentinel, are unholstering a series of bills in the state Capitol this spring heralded by gun owners but opposed by sheriffs, teachers, parents and some Democrats. At the top of the list: Florida's Zombie Apocalypse Gun Bill.
"It's shocking that when the rest of the country is sort of backing down, Florida is doubling down," said state Sen. Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale. "It's almost encouraging, I would say, negligent behavior."
"I'm not going to leave my weapon back home in my house when I'm running for my life," said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, R-Fort Myers. "I'm going to put it on my person … and I'm going to get out of there."
"I just think this could create a very, very combustible situation," said Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, envisioning evacuees in gasoline and food lines. "Frustrations and handguns don't mix."
"I think we're asking for trouble," said Rita Solnet, of Boca Raton, president of Parents Across Florida.
John Romano: The truth is, the gun lobby already has prevailed on most of the biggest issues in Florida. At this point, they're just running up the score.
Large Metros Where College Grads Are Least Segregated? Lots of Florida on the list.
Says here St. Pete's the 19th-greenest city in the country.
"It's a debate that's being had everywhere but Florida." Click.
The phrase of the morning is underwater combat school.
... total lunar eclipse!