Florida Five: Obama jetting to Fla. for Earth Day, DWS, Dem reps tell Scott to drop lawsuit

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

‘Power up the jet, boys!’ Obama to recognize Earth Day immersed in hypocrisy – With Earth Day quickly approaching, President Obama is eager to warn the nation about the perils of climate change. And what better way to send a message about clean air than to jump on Air Force One and blaze a carbon trail from Washington, D.C., to the Florida Everglades? Read more

Congressional Democrats send letter to Rick Scott calling on him to drop lawsuit – The letter writing surrounding Medicaid and Low Income Pool continues as ten Congressional Democrats sent a note to Gov. Rick Scott on Friday calling on him to drop his yet-to-be-filed lawsuit against the Obama Administration for coercing the state to expand Medicaid in order to continue to receive supplemental Medicaid funding for hospitals. Read more

Bill McCollum should stay away from third Senate bid in 2016 – Reports are out that Bill McCollum is at least thinking about running for the Senate in 2016. Sorry, but the longtime Florida Republican leader should probably stay at home. McCollum’s conservatism and experience can’t be questioned. He served 20 years in Congress and was one of the managers of the Clinton impeachment. During his time as Florida attorney general, McCollum was in the thick of the fight against Obamacare, starting the ball rolling for the constitutional challenge, denied by one vote on the Supreme Court. Read more

Craft beer legislation is double-edged sword – A legal cloud overshadowing Florida’s craft beer boom would be lifted under a bill that seems likely to pass the Legislature this spring, but brewers also would face unpopular new restrictions. The bill creates short-term stability for the industry but could threaten long-term growth, some say. The compromises in the legislation are causing a rift in the craft beer industry. “We got steamrolled,” said Eddie Leon, an acclaimed Miami brewer who decided not to renew his membership in the state’s largest brewer’s association because of its support for the legislation. Read more

Measles have come to Florida, 2 cases in Indian River Co. — Two cases of measles have been reported in two unvaccinated adults in Indian River County. The first case was internationally acquired and the second case was contracted in the same household, according to the Florida Department of Health. The disease is highly contagious to others and can spread to those not vaccinated. Officials are encouraging those who are not to get vaccinated to become so as soon as possible. Read more

2016 Watch: Rand Paul says ‘big news coming’ in weeks that will take Hillary down

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