Florida Five: Ben Carson makes a play for Florida, Open carry coming to the Sunshine State?

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

Ben Carson starts making a play for Florida – Even with Florida Republicans Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio in the race, Dr. Ben Carson has the Sunshine State in his sights. Surging in the polls, Carson released a new book Tuesday and Florida will play a prominent role in his tour to promote it. After retiring from his celebrated medical career at Johns Hopkins in Maryland, Carson moved to South Florida. Read more

Openly carry guns in Florida? Bill clears first hurdle in House – A controversial measure that would allow Floridians with concealed-weapons permits to carry those firearms openly in public easily cleared its first hurdle Tuesday, but the legislation still faces several more tests before it could become law. Florida has prohibited the open carry of firearms for nearly two decades, and efforts in recent years by gun-rights lobbyists to change that status haven’t been successful. Read more

Rep. Daniel Webster: ‘I’m gonna sell this message’ – When House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced his retirement and resignation from his position last month, it surprised both his Party and the Washington political establishment. Now, with the House set to vote on a new Speaker on Oct. 25, three would-be party leaders are stepping in to make their case. Read more

Rep. Greg Steube voices frustration with Florida Department of Health over slow medical marijuana implementation – Everything is in place for a strain of medical marijuana to become available to the public – except for the list of approved dispensing organizations, a blip that Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, criticized Tuesday during a presentation to the House Health Quality Subcommittee. The Florida Department of Health finally began accepting applications for Charlotte’s Web dispensaries a few months ago, closing applications on July 8. Read more

Lawmaker finds minimum wage can’t support a Dunkin Donuts habit – Dwight Bullard skipped breakfast, and he knew he wouldn’t get dinner that day either. But in a way, that was a good thing – it meant he had enough money available to plunk down $8 for a meal at Wendy’s. The state senator from Miami called that meal the highlight of his week of living on minimum wage. Read more

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