Florida Five: Obama arrives in Florida – again, Conservative PAC slams Hillary in web ad

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

Obama in Miami
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Barack Obama can’t stay away from Florida – Florida is where immigration, climate change, Cuba policy, Medicare and other issues Democrats are trying to use to rally voters in 2016 all come together. It’s also home to two of the Republican presidential candidates they’re most worried about. And President Barack Obama just happens to have landed there again Wednesday, on his third trip to the Sunshine State so far this year — his fourth, actually, if you count his quiet Palm City golfing weekend at the end of March. Read more

Related: In Miami, Obama sets stage for Democratic donors to wade into 2016

Googling ‘Hillary Clinton’ in Florida? Conservative America Rising PAC has a web ad for you – A conservative political action committee that has Hillary Clinton in its crosshairs wants Floridians interested in her visit this week to see and hear not-so-nice things about the 2016 Democratic presidential front-runner. America Rising PAC is targeting Google, Facebook and YouTube users who search for “Hillary Clinton” or whom they have identified as Democrats with a web video attacking Clinton as “unethical.” Read more

Florida Libertarians likely to put up Roger Stone, Jr. for U.S. Senate – Late this afternoon, May 27, 2015, former Republican strategist turned Libertarian, Roger Stone, Jr. publicly announced he is forming an exploratory committee to fill Florida’s U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Marco Rubio. Mr. Stone’s public statement can be seen below. Rubio is seeking to win the 2016 Republican Party’s presidential primary to take on the Democratic Party primary winner and the Libertarian Party presidential nominee in the general election in November 2016. Read more

House offers up health care bills aimed at cutting costs but they could also ignite turf battles – After spending the last legislative session knocking down Senate proposals for expanding health care coverage while offering no alternative of their own, Florida House Republicans filed a series of bills Wednesday that attempt to take a rifle-shot approach to lowering the spiraling costs of health care in Florida. Many of the proposals are not new, and some have been passed by key committees in the state Senate, but all embrace the belief of many House leaders that the state must inject free-market competition into the health care marketplace to lower costs of health care before expanding access to the uninsured. Read more

Judge dismisses final marijuana challenge; access expected by ‘end of year’ state says – Florida regulators said they expect to provide access to a limited strain of non-euphoric marijuana for medical purposes by the end of the year after a Tallahassee judge on Wednesday dismissed the final challenge to the long-awaited rule. The Florida Department of Health, which developed the rule, is expected to start accepting applications within three weeks from eligible growers for the strain of marijuana that is low in euphoria-inducing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and high in cannabadiol, or CBD. Read more

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