Florida Five: House-Senate beer battle, Remember when Crist called for Clinton’s resignation?

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

Clinton slamVideo: RPOF reminds Bill Clinton his ‘buddy’ Charlie Crist called for him to resign: The Republican Party of Florida took the opportunity to send out a welcome to Bill Clinton ahead of his May visit to Florida where he will headline a fundraiser for Charlie Crist. See ad, read more.

Battle brewing between House and Senate on growler bill: The Florida Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would allow microbreweries to sell their products in popular half-gallon “growler” containers in exchange for more restrictions on how much they can sell, new rules backed by major beer distributors.SB 1714 wouldn’t regulate any craft beer establishment selling fewer than 2,000 kegs a year. But microbreweries selling more than 2,000 kegs that exceed 20 percent of their sales in take-home consumption would have to sell their product to distributors, and then buy it back at marked up prices.But the measure is expected to fall flat in the House, which killed a similar bill last month. Read more

Fla. groups oppose legislative efforts to create ticketing industry monopoly: Floridians for Government Accountability and other consumer watchdog groups are proactively appealing to Florida legislators in the last weeks of session to protect consumers and businesses from being “swallowed up” by the ticketing industry. Opponents say HB 1003, filed by Plant City Republican Daniel D. “Dan” Raulerson, would restrict resales of tickets to sporting and entertainment events effectively choosing winners and losers by giving an unfair advantage to mega-ticketing companies. Read more.

Florida Senate backs trauma centers: The Florida Senate on Monday approved a bill that would ensure the continued operation of three disputed trauma centers — but it remains unclear how the Senate and House will reach agreement on the closely watched issue before the legislative session ends Friday.The Senate tacked the trauma issue onto another health care bill (SB 1354), which it then approved in a 33-3 vote. Meanwhile, the House has included a similar trauma care proposal in an omnibus health care bill (HB 7113) that is far different from the Senate bill. Read more.

Martin O’Malley and Charlie Crist — unholy alliance for Florida: Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, Martin O’Malley walks into ours.Call it Florida’s “Casablanca” moment. If the Maryland governor doesn’t fill Floridians with dread and empty-pockets nightmares, they don’t know the man Newsweek called “America’s poster child for Big Government.”Why should we care? Because on Monday, O’Malley — 1,000 miles north of the Sunshine State — threw his support behind Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist. We’re left to hope Crist accepted only his recommendation and not his advice. Read more.

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