Thursday’s edition of the Florida Five:
Dems House Majority PAC bashes Republicans? Nah. Obamacare, White House: With friends like the Democratic House Majority PAC, does Obamacare need enemies? The PAC is up with an ad defending Miami Rep. Joe Garcia, but it’s not attacking rivals like Republican Carlos Curbelo. Instead, it’s insulating him against claims he’s an Obamacare apologist is an object lesson in how Democrats look like they’re running scared from the Affordable Care Act. Read more.
4 things we know about the high-stakes Florida special election with 4 weeks to go:In four weeks, voters will choose their next member of Congress in Florida’s 13th district. And around the country, the political world will be watching with a very close eye. The race in the bellwether district has attracted widespread attention in recent weeks. It’s shaping up as a harbinger of the midterms and is increasingly seen as a must-win opportunity for both parties.So why is this race getting so much attention and what does it mean? Here’s what we know about the contest between Democrat Alex Sink and Republican David Joly with a month left to go. . . Read more.
Democratic establishment rallies behind Alex Sink, but GOP unfazed: The Democratic leadership rallied behind former state CFO Alex Sink on Wednesday as Republicans ramped up their attacks against her. Sink is the Democratic candidate in the special election March 11 to replace the late U.S. Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., in Congress. Sink joined Vice President Joe Biden in Coral Gables Wednesday night for a fundraiser. Republicans were quick to point out that Sink avoided Biden on the campaign trail back in 2010 when she was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate running against Rick Scott in the gubernatorial race. Groups supporting Republican David Jolly, including the conservative American Action Network and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), quickly pounced and pointed out how Sink went out of her way to avoid Biden four years ago. Read more.
Adam Putnam seeks to dim electricity tax on businesses: Supporters hope that a proposal by Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam to gradually reduce the state sales tax paid by businesses on electricity will help its chances of being included in Gov. Rick Scott’s goal of cutting $500 million in taxes and fees.Putnam and Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, said Wednesday that by taking a three-year approach to shave the tax — from 7 percent to 3.5 percent — the measure should be easier for lawmakers to work into the state’s budget package for the coming fiscal year. Read more.
Airport workers want higher minimum wage, but taxpayers will pay price:Increasing the minimum wage for workers at a local airport may bring expensive consequences for all county taxpayers. Since last year, workers at the Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale International Airport in Broward County have been protesting for better training, better working conditions and better pay. Read more.
BONUS: Man convicted of 1995 murder of 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce executed
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