Florida Five: Michelle Obama to campaign for Crist, Bondi seeks gay marriage ruling

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

Bondi asks Florida Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage – In a startling move Monday night, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said she wants the Florida Supreme Court to decide once-and-for-all whether same-sex couples can marry in the Sunshine State. “That is unquestionably an important issue, and the Plaintiffs, the State, and all citizens deserve a definitive answer,” Bondi’s office wrote in a 6 p.m. filing to the state’s Third District Court of Appeal.  Read more

AIF opposes Amendment 2: Bad for Florida businesses – The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) today came out in opposition of Amendment 2, which seeks to legalize the use of medical marijuana. “AIF’s Board of Directors opposes Amendment 2 because of the myriad of known and unknown complications it will render to Florida businesses,” said AIF President & CEO Tom Feeney. “The practical and legal inconsistencies that Amendment 2 will heft onto our current workers’ compensation, drug testing, workplace safety, disability, discrimination and health care laws, to name a few, will create confusion that breeds litigation and increases the cost of doing business.” Read more

Michelle O 2Michelle Obama to campaign for Crist on Friday – First Lady Michelle Obama is attending a Friday rally in Orlando to campaign alongside Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist. Tickets for this free “grassroots event” will be available Tuesday through Thursday, but the Crist campaign is requiring people to pick up paper tickets — no more than two in total — by visiting one of Crist’s three Orlando field offices. Read more

3 finalists named for University of Florida president – The University of Florida’s Presidential Search Committee has narrowed its list of finalists to three, all from out-of-state, with the president-elect expected to be named Wednesday. On Monday, the search committee selected as finalists Cornell University Provost Kent Fuchs, New York University Provost David W. McLaughlin and Sibrandes Poppema, president of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Read more

Medical marijuana Amendment 2 in danger, new poll shows – Amendment 2, a proposal to expand medical marijuana use in Florida, is in serious trouble according to a poll released on Monday. The poll, commissioned by SaintPetersBlog and taken by St. Pete Polls, shows 52 percent of those surveyed support Amendment 2 while 39 percent oppose it and the remaining voters are undecided. When the undecided voters are asked if they are leaning one way or the other, opposition to Amendment 2 creeps up to 40 percent while support moves up to 54 percent. Read more 

BONUS: Sen. Marco Rubio: Obama ‘out of touch’, ISIS cannot be ‘simply defeated’

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