Q-Poll: Floridians high on getting high

pot exclamation pointFlorida voters are at an all-time high for allowing grown-ups to have small amounts of weed for personal use, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released today.

The poll found 65 percent of voters statewide support legalizing small quantities for adult use, while 30 percent disapprove.

Republicans, however, aren’t as keen on green: They’re split 48-48 percent, according to the poll results.

Meanwhile, more than three-quarters of Dems — 78 percent — back the bud, showing that the partisan divide isn’t limited to guns.

The survey also found voters support the sale of legal marijuana in their community by a 61-34 percent margin.

Here’s the crosstabs:

18. Do you support or oppose allowing adults in Florida to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use?

                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              65%    48%    78%    72%    69%    62%    64%    68%
Oppose               30     48     19     24     28     32     30     28
DK/NA                 5      4      3      5      3      6      6      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              89%    70%    63%    52%    71%    61%    66%    66%    68%
Oppose               10     24     34     40     26     32     29     30     30
DK/NA                 1      5      3      8      3      6      5      4      2
 
 

19. Would you support or oppose the sale of legal marijuana in your community?

                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              61%    46%    74%    66%    63%    60%    63%    64%
Oppose               34     50     23     29     33     35     33     31
DK/NA                 4      4      2      5      4      4      3      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              83%    64%    60%    50%    65%    62%    64%    53%    65%
Oppose               17     28     35     45     30     34     32     44     32
DK/NA                 1      8      5      4      5      3      4      3      3
 

 

The poll of 1,279 Florida voters was conducted from June 12 – 17, with a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percentage points, including the design effect.

Nikki Fried goes for GOP jugular: “Don’t grab us” and more …

Meow.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried — Florida’s top Democrat — issued a scathing “welcome” to President Donald Trump in advance of the part-time Florida Man’s campaign rally in the Sunshine State this week.

Fried lambasted Trump — and the rest of his party — for his now-notorious remarks about women, caught on a hot mike several years ago.

Here’s Fried, a lawyer from Fort Lauderdale, speaking of Republicans in her own words:

“It has become the party that says not only is it OK to grab a woman’s pussy but we’re going to legislate it and tell you what you can and, more importantly, what you can’t do with it.”

It gets better. Watch the whole video, compiled from her speech at the Florida Democratic Party’s gala last weekend and released by her political committee:

 

Here’s the tweet Fried posted this morning:

Ivy League snub: Harvard rescinds pro-gun Parkland activist’s acceptance

When he and his classmates descended on the Capitol shortly after the horrific attack on their Parkland high school, Kyle Kashuv stood out: He was one of the only teens who wasn’t pushing for stricter gun control.

Kashuv, who graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this summer, has been embraced by conservatives and the National Rifle Association in his rapid arc to fame since the Feb. 14, 2018 mass shooting that left 17 students and faculty dead and 17 other people injured at the Broward County school). Kashuv, who told us last year that his parents are from Israel, has also been castigated by those on the left for his conservative views and unwavering support of President Donald Trump.

The 18-year-old took to Twitter today to inform his more than 301,000 followers that Harvard University has rescinded its acceptance of him following reports of using racial slurs in a shared document several years ago.

Kashuv says he turned down other scholarship offers after he deciding to head to the Ivy League school.

“I’m exploring all options at the moment.”

Read the entire thread:

Oliva, Sprowls: Mike Hill’s “callous indifference” is “unacceptable.” Hill: “Fake news!”

House Speaker José Oliva and his successor, Rep. Chris Sprowls, joined in the rapidly growing bipartisan chorus denouncing state Rep. Mike Hill for laughing at a suggestion that homosexuals should be executed.

Hill created a firestorm after being caught up tape in an exchange posted online by his hometown paper, the Pensacola News Journal, above an editorial by the paper’s prize-winning cartoonist, Andy Marlette.

Marlette wrote:

A citizen comments: “In 1 Corinthians, it says that a man who has an affair with another man will be put to death.”

Hill’s response?

“It says that in the Old Testament, too.”

Another attendee asks, “Can you introduce legislation?”

Chuckles are audible. The state representative joins the laughter. “I wonder how that would go over?” Hill says.

Hill’s comments, and laughter, drew bipartisan condemnation and calls for the founder of the local Tea Party to apologize, resign or both.

State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, who is openly gay, said he was “shocked & disgusted to discover a colleague who I’ve worked with closely would joke about punishing me by death for being gay.”

An hour after the Republican House leaders censured Hill on Twitter, Hill posted a reply to Smith’s outrage.

 

State Rep. Mike Hill draws bipartisan condemnation over gay execution “jokes”

State Rep. Mike Hill‘s hometown paper says he’s “unfit” to hold office, and fellow Republicans piled on after Hill was caught on tape “joking” about the execution of homosexuals.

Pensacola News Journal cartoonist Andy Marlette skewered Hill — the founder of the Northwest Florida Tea Party — today, in an opinion piece that includes a recording of the Pensacola state rep’s comments:

In less than 30 seconds of audio from his recent meeting with a Pensacola-based group called Women for Responsible Legislation, Florida Rep. Mike Hill proved why he is both an unfit legislator and an unfit Christian.

Listen to the clip.

A citizen comments: “In 1 Corinthians, it says that a man who has an affair with another man will be put to death.”

Hill’s response?

“It says that in the Old Testament, too.”

Another attendee asks, “Can you introduce legislation?”

Chuckles are audible. The state representative joins the laughter. “I wonder how that would go over?” Hill says.

And Jesus wept.

There, in that moment, Mike Hill and a few sad members of a small, cruel audience betrayed the most fundamental message of Christ — love.

Hill’s comments quickly created a backlash on Twitter, including from fellow Republican state Rep. Jamie Grant, R-Tampa.

Hill’s an avowed conservative who’s Twitter bio reads: “Pro Life! Pro Guns! Pro Jesus!! Insurance business owner. USAFA grad ’80. GOP member, FL State House. Psalm 91:1″

The Pensacola insurance guy created another media uproar recently, after pledging to re-file legislation similar to a controversial Alabama “fetal heartbeat” law that bans most abortions. His efforts to get the Florida House to pass similar proposals so far have failed.

Democrats also jumped on Hill Friday, with some demanding that he apologize or resign.

Florida Democratic Party Executive Direct Juan Peñalosa took to Twitter and issued a press release condemning Hill’s remarks. Peñalosa, who is gay, also called on Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Republican Party of Florida to denounce Hill.

 

Jerusalem hearts DeSantis

It appears Gov. Ron DeSantis and his cast of 100 lawmakers, business leaders and university officials earned some love from the locals during an economic-development mission in Israel.

The sojourn, which included a “ceremonial” meeting of DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet generated some controversy back home.

But The Jerusalem Post editorial board gave the Republican governor a big thumbs up as the tour wrapped up Thursday.

“Thank You, Gov. DeSantis,” the headline on the editorial read, right above a pull-out quote from DeSantis: “Florida will always stand with Israel, our greatest ally in the Middle East.”

Below are some excerpts:

“Florida Governor Ron DeSantis showed once again that he is a true friend of Israel during his visit to the country this week.

Even before his trip to Israel, in the weeks after DeSantis was elected governor last year, he immediately took action on behalf of the Jewish state. Florida’s cabinet recognized Jerusalem as “Israel’s eternal capital,” invested $10 million in Israel Bonds and blacklisted Airbnb because of its plan to boycott listings in West Bank settlements, which the global company has since reversed,” the editorial begins.

The editorial board also praised DeSantis for trashing the BDS movement:

This week, DeSantis repeatedly spoke out against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, leading the first official trade mission to the West Bank led by a US governor – with two dozen business leaders. He is also leading the largest-ever official governor-led delegation to Israel.

“Antisemitism is driving the BDS movement, and you cannot separate the two,” he said at the Gush Etzion Industrial Zone on Wednesday, meeting with Jewish and Arab businesspeople who oppose boycotts. “We are not going to discriminate against certain Israelis – and if people do… we will take action accordingly.”

DeSantis pointed to the blatant hypocrisy of the BDS movement, whose leadership’s stated goal is the elimination of the Jewish state and that Jews do not have the right to self-determination.

“You have people that are willing to trade with Iran, the leading state sponsor of terrorism in the world – some of the worst regimes in the world – and yet they only want to boycott the one Jewish and democratic state in the world,” he said.
“If you support BDS in Florida, you are dead, politically,” he added.

And here’s the kicker:

DeSantis’ friendship with Israel is at a level that should not be taken for granted. He has backed up his statements with actions, and showed a willingness to continue.

Thank you, Governor DeSantis.

Nikki Fried gets head start in Israel

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried touched down in Israel on Thursday, ahead of about 100 other folks flying out Saturday as part of Gov. Ron DeSantis’week-long mission.

Fried announced late Thursday she would have her own meetings with government officials, agricultural research groups, and agriculture-related businesses before joining the rest of the state’s travelers.

“I’m thrilled to be in Israel learning about innovations on agriculture and citrus, water efficiency, cannabis, and more,” Fried said in a release. “We’re going to bring home ideas and best practices from the Middle East’s only democracy and one of the world’s leading nations on technology and research. As the first Jewish woman elected to the Florida Cabinet, I’m looking forward to this opportunity to strengthen the special bond between Florida and Israel.”

Here’s Fried’s schedule from Thursday:

THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019

All times are in Israel Daylight Time (7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time)

7:15 AM                                WHEELS DOWN TEL-AVIV

9:00 AM                              ARRIVE AT HOTEL

12:30 PM                             MEETING WITH iANGELS

iANGELS is a women-founded, women-managed venture capital firm specializing in high-tech projects, including agriculture projects such as crop disease prevention and farm management.

2:00 PM                               MEETING AND TOUR AT VOLCANI CENTER

The Volcani Center is an agricultural research center and the research arm of the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, supporting research on plant, animal, food, and environmental sciences and agricultural engineering.

5:30 PM                               MEETING AND TOUR AT TEVEL AEROBOTICS TECHNOLOGIES

Tevel Aerobotics is a firm manufacturing autonomous agricultural drone technology for crop harvesting.

Earlier Thursday, DeSantis sent out his own itinerary for the week ahead:

SATURDAY, MAY 25TH

Depart Florida en route Tel Aviv, Israel

SUNDAY, MAY 26TH

Arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel

Meet and Greet with Florida Delegation

MONDAY, MAY 27TH – TEL AVIV

Morning:        Business Meeting with Israeli Companies
Meeting with Israeli Officials

Afternoon:     Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremonies

Evening:       Tourism Networking Reception hosted by VISIT FLORIDA
Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony

TUESDAY, MAY 28TH – TEL AVIV

Morning:        Meeting and Award Ceremony with Israel Innovation Authority
Business Meetings with Israeli Companies
Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremonies

Afternoon:     Networking Lunch with Israeli Business Leaders
Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremonies
Roundtable Discussion on Issues Impacting Florida

Evening:       Meeting with U.S. Ambassador
Reception Hosted by the U.S. Ambassador

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29TH – TEL AVIV/JERUSALEM

Morning:        Keynote Address at the 2019 Israel-America Business Summit
Business Meetings with Israeli Companies

Afternoon:     Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremonies
Ceremonial Meeting of the Florida Cabinet

Evening:        Business Development Networking Reception

THURSDAY, MAY 30TH – JERUSALEM

Morning:       Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony

Roundtable Discussion on Issues Impacting Florida

Afternoon:     Cultural Visit to the Old City of Jerusalem
Meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Evening:       Delegation Reception and Dinner

FRIDAY, MAY 31ST

Depart Jerusalem en route Florida

By Jim Turner.