Florida Five: Hillary to stump with Crist, Medical marijuana, same-sex marriage divide AG candidates

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

Hillary Clinton to stump with Charlie Crist Oct. 2 in Miami:Former Secretary of State and early 2016 presidential frontrunner is coming Oct. 2 to Miami to sign her new book “Hard Choices” and campaign with Democrat Charlie Crist. Clinton’s event with the candidate for governor comes one month after her husband, former President Bill Clinton, stumped with Crist in Miami. Read more.

Bondi scoobyMedical marijuana, same-sex marriage divide Florida AG candidates:In the Florida attorney general race, the candidates are showing no sign of avoiding hot-button topics like medical marijuana use and same-sex marriage. On Friday, state Attorney General Pam Bondi took to the national airwaves when she appeared on “Fox and Friends” on Fox News. During her appearance, Bondi was asked about Amendment 2, a proposal to expand medical marijuana use in Florida, which voters will cast ballots on in November. Bondi doubled down on her opposition to the proposal by comparing it to the pill mill epidemic she faced at the start of her tenure in office. Read more.

Seminole tribe’s Hard Rock casting a big shadow in Wisconsin:The Seminole Tribe of Florida has proposed a partnership between its Hard Rock International casinos and the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin, a deal that could channel millions of dollars in profits from the Badger State back to Florida. The proposal to open an $808 million casino complex at a now-shuttered, off-reservation dog track in Kenosha is in the hands of Gov. Scott Walker. The Menominee say they need a cash partner or they can’t get their casino off the ground.Talks between the Seminoles and Menominee have been going on for more than a year. Frank Fantini, CEO of the Fantini Gaming Report, called Hard Rock “a very big brand, known internationally. The brand has a great reputation … it would give immediate visibility to the casino in Kenosha.” Read more.

fla momCharges dropped for Florida mom who allowed son to play at park unsupervised: A single mom was charged in July after letting her son play unsupervised at a neighborhood park. Florida officials dropped a charge of child neglect against Nicole Gainey, a Port St. Lucie resident.Turns out, that’s not much of a crime. Read more.

Florida Reps warn State Department about rising anti-semitism: At the end of last week, three congressmen from Florida — Republican Mario Diaz-Balart and Democrats Ted Deutch and Patrick Murphy — joined with U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., to send a letter to Ira Forman, the U.S. State Department’s special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. The congressmen insisted there was a rise of anti-Semitism across the globe in recent months. Read more.

BONUS:

RPOF Hits Charlie Crist for Flipping on Abortion, Marriage, Taxes

 ‘Horrific’: Rush Limbaugh’s gatekeeper ‘Snerdley’ gets VERY real about liberalism in black America

 

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