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Q: How long has Rick Scott, the governor of Florida, been in office? When is his term up? Did he sign legislation relaxing gun laws?

A: Scott was first elected for the office in 2010; the next election will be in November. According to the Miami Herald, “Gov. Rick Scott has become a favorite of the Florida gun lobby during the past seven years by lifting restrictions on guns, preventing doctors from asking patients about their weapons, opposing stricter background checks and cutting the cost of getting a concealed weapon license.”

And the NRA noted in 2014 Scott had signed “more pro-gun bills into law — in one term — than any other governor in Florida history.”

Q: Nancy Pelosi recently made the remark “make America white again.” What was she referring to?

A: Her comments Jan. 25 came after the White House released President Trump’s immigration reform proposal.

Q: When did people start receiving more in their paychecks and did that include everyone?

A: New guidelines for employers on withholdings for income taxes were released by the Department of the Treasury and the IRS on Jan. 11. Employers were told to implement the new rates by Feb. 15. Most employees should already be seeing the change.

Q: Why was there no opinion page on Jan. 26?

A: We no longer run a Commentary page on Fridays.

Q: It was reported on the news there were 18 school shootings in 2018 so far this year. I’ve heard of the Florida shootings, but where and when were the 17 other school shootings?

A: According to The Washington Post, that figure originated with Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit co-founded by Michael Bloomberg that works to prevent gun violence. Everytown defines a school shooting as “any time a firearm discharges a live round inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds.” That includes incidents most people wouldn’t consider a “school shooting.” Just five of Everytown’s 18 school shootings happened during school hours and resulted in physical injury.

Three others appeared to be intentional shootings where no one was hurt. Two more involved guns — one carried by a school police officer and the other by a licensed peace officer — that were unintentionally fired and caused no injuries. At least seven of Everytown’s 18 shootings took place outside normal school hours.

Q: Did The Courier run an article in the paper when Daryle Singletary, country music singer, passed away on Feb. 12?

A: We didn’t have space for celebrity news in the days immediately following Singletary’s death at his home in Lebanon, Tennessee. He was 46. The cause of death for the Georgia native, whose hits included “I Let Her Lie” and “Amen Kind of Love,” has not been identified. He is survived his wife, Holly, and four children: 7-year-old twin boys Mercer and Jonah, 5-year-old daughter Nora Caroline and 3-year-old daughter Charlotte Rose.

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