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Broward ballot battle over Amendment 2 makes Norm Kent a Democratic hero

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Norm Kent — criminal defense attorney in Broward County, publisher of the South Florida Gay News, and past chairman of NORML — may be the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton, Patrick Murphy and Democrats throughout Broward. At noon Thursday, Judge Lisa Phillips will hear Kent’s suit against Broward Supervisor of Elections, and bastion of governmental incompetence, Brenda Snipes, brought on behalf of two registered voters in the county. At issue is the widely reported absence of Amendment…

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Poll shows medical marijuana amendment at 73% support

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A University of North Florida poll released Thursday shows Amendment 2 is looking poised to pass. The survey, from the UNF Public Opinion Research Lab, indicates the medical marijuana amendment is now drawing 73 percent support. That’s down from 77 percent in a similar poll taken a few weeks back. Polling was conducted via live phone calls from Oct. 20-25. Lab director Dr. Michael Binder says that despite this slight attrition in support, Amendment 2 likely will carry. “This is down…

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Jimmy Buffett encourages Floridians to vote no on solar power amendment

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Listen up, Parrotheads. Jimmy Buffett released a video weighing in on two ballot amendments over the weekend. Buffett encouraged Floridians to vote no on Amendment 1, a solar power initiative, and yes on Amendment 2, the medical marijuana initiative. “It’s obvious what’s going on,” said Buffett in the video. “Vote no on 1.” Amendment 1 is backed by the state’s major electric companies, and outlines the rules for solar power in Florida. It would put existing law dealing with the rights…

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Carlos Trujillo just says ‘no’ to medical marijuana Amendment 2

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Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Trujillo said Thursday voters should say “no” to Amendment 2, which would legalize medical marijuana in the Sunshine State. Trujillo expressed concerns on enforcing the amendment and also warned edible marijuana could pose a danger to Florida children. “Amendment 2 would be a disaster for Florida,” Trujillo said. “We already know from states like California that this pot candy is extremely deceptive to children and 2,000 pot shops are the last thing Florida needs. Worst of…

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John Morgan, Vote No on 2’s Jessica Spencer dispute each other’s facts on medical marijuana

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Face to face, medical marijuana champion John Morgan and Vote No on 2 Policy Director Jessica Spencer did not agree even on the basic facts behind each other’s arguments. In a debate televised on WESH 2 TV in Orlando over Florida Amendment 2, the medical marijuana issue on November’s ballot, Morgan, the Orlando lawyer who chairs United For Care, and Spencer spent much of their time disputing each other’s most fundamental arguments as false. The amendment would allow for doctors to…

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Some Florida Republicans AWOL on talking about Amendment 2

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Florida Republican leaders have been conspicuously quiet about where they stand on Amendment 2, the ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana. “I think a lot of people are being quiet about it because they assume it’s going to pass and they don’t want to be on the wrong side,” incoming Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jack Latvala said last week about the relative scarcity of GOP leaders opposed to the measure. After speaking with Latvala, FloridaPolitics.com reached out last week to four leading Republicans in…

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Amendment 2 poised to pass, another survey shows, but that’s what pollster said in 2014

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A poll released Tuesday by the Public Opinion Research Lab of the University of North Florida shows strong support for Amendment 2 and medical marijuana. An impressive 77 percent of Florida voters said they would vote for the amendment, while only 18 percent stated they would vote against it. PORL Director Dr. Michael Binder said, “Huge majorities of likely voters support Florida Constitutional Amendment 2. Not only are Democrats wildly supportive, but even Republicans are above the 60 percent threshold required for passage. The strongest…

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