Florida Five: Congressman’s cocaine bust, Nelson waits for Crist to ‘get into trouble’

It’s a busy hump day in the Sunshine State. Take a look at BPR’s picks for the top Florida Five political news stories of the day:

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Congressman Radel

Congressman charged with cocaine possession: Rep. Trey Radel, a Florida Republican elected in 2012, will be in court Wednesday on charges that he possessed cocaine. Radel, 37, was charged with misdemeanor possession of cocaine in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday. He said he struggles “with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice. As the father of a young son and a husband to a loving wife, I need to get help so I can be a better man for both of them”…Read more.

GOP’s three-pronged attack on Obamacare in Fl: While U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius toured Florida on Tuesday on a damage-control trip for the train-wreck rollout of Obamacare, Republicans attacked on three fronts: the governor’s race, a replacement congressional race in Pinellas County, and Sebelius herself…Read more.

If Crist “gets into trouble”: U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson caused a stir from the nation’s capital to the Sunshine State on Tuesday night, with a possible, maybe, what-did-he-mean-by-that? reference to a run for governor of Florida in 2014. In separate interviews with two Politico reporters in Washington, Nelson gave what seemed to be contradictory answers … Read more

Government bans gardens in Miami: Few things in life are as benign as a home vegetable garden. But for the residents of Miami Shores, Fla., growing veggies can land you a fine — the type you eventually can’t afford…Read more.

Private companies sign on to Citizens clearinghouse: As many as 18 private property insurance companies have signed up to participate in state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp.’s clearinghouse to shop policies scheduled to come online Jan 2., Citizens officials said Monday. The clearinghouse is designed to shop prospective and renewal Citizens customers in the private market, part of the company’s plan to reduce its overall risk. Homeowners looking for coverage must accept offers from private companies if they are within 15 percent of the rate Citizens would offer…Read more.

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