Florida Five: Ben Carson ‘a step closer’ to running, Dems undecided on Pam Bondi challenger

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

hamas2.3Miami protesters shout ‘We are Hamas,’ threaten Jewish cameraman: ‘I’m going to kill you, mother . . . ‘ A Miami rally for the Hamas terrorist group quickly devolved into a shoving match and threats against a cameraman, according to a video posted Sunday on the website, The United West.The rally was organized in part by the pro-Muslim group, Council on American Islamic Relations, according to The United West, and had demonstrators chanting, “We are Hamas,” and “We are jihad.”Told not to take pictures, a cameraman representing The United West shouted, “You’re in a public place. You have no expectations of privacy in a public place.” Read more.

Ben Carson on running for president: ‘It is a step closer’: Dr. Ben Carson told Newsmax TV on Monday that he is getting closer to declaring himself a candidate for president in 2016.”It is a step closer. I have to consider what’s going on, and I have to consider the enormous crowds that I encounter every place I go, and the level of enthusiasm, and what I’m hearing,” Carson told “The Steve Malzberg Show.” Read more.

Gay marriage may make its way to Florida Supreme Court: Same-sex marriage has been making headlines over the last few weeks in the Sunshine State after a Monroe County judge ruled that Florida’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, but now the gay couple fighting for their right to marry is planning on taking their case to the Florida Supreme Court. Attorneys for the couple filed paperwork on Monday to move the case from an appeals court to the state’s highest court. Read more.

88% of Florida voters approve of medical marijuana: Floridians really, really support the legalization of medical marijuana, according to a poll released Monday morning. poll found that 88 percent of Florida voters approve of medical marijuana, including 83 percent of voters age 65 and older and 95 percent of those between 18 and 29. The support also crosses party lines, the poll by Quinnipiac University found. Eighty percent of Republicans — whose level of support was the lowest of any subgroup — back the idea and just 19 percent oppose it.  Read more.

Pam Bondi on Fox and FriendsDemocrats remain undecided on candidate to challenge Pam Bondi: Democrats are tuning out of the primary race to see who challenges Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi in November, a new poll finds. A poll from Gravis Marketing and conservative magazine Human Events released over the weekend shows the overwhelming majority of likely Democratic primary voters — 67 percent — remain unsure of who they will vote for to challenge Bondi. The primary will be on Aug. 26.  Read more.

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