Florida Five: Charlie Crist’s new family business, Scott Walker may skip Fla. primary

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

Charlie & Carole Crist
Former Gov. Charlie & Carole Crist. Photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, Bill Cottrell

New family business for Carole and Charlie Crist – Carole designs the clothes and Charlie hustles the clientele at Goddessey Boutique, the new business venture for Florida’s former first couple. Certainly the former governor gave Goddessey a flying start. The Crists set up shop right where they feel comfortable, right where their friends could find them, at 300 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg — in the same space that housed Charlie Crist’s campaign headquarters when he ran for U.S. Senate in 2010. Read more

Scott Walker suggests he may skip Florida primary to let Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio destroy each other – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) suggested Tuesday that, if he decides to run for president, his campaign would sit out the Florida Republican presidential primary and let the Sunshine State’s two native sons – Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio – duke it out in the expensive political market. “If we get in as a candidate, we’re going to make a strong play in Iowa,” Walker said in an interview with radio host Laura Ingraham. Read more

Here comes the 2016 presidential campaign merch! (And Jeb needs to step up his game.) – The battle has been joined: in addition to that other contest (you know, the one where people are vying to be the next president), there’s the swag race. Which candidate will have the cleverest merch? The must-have campaign tee? Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton just debuted a strong entrant, an ironic hipster T-shirt that puts a twist on the cheesy “tuxedo tee.” Read more

Seeking budget break­through, Florida Senate offers to change its health plan – Hoping to break the Legislature’s worst budget stalemate in two decades, the Senate tweaked its Medicaid expansion plan Tuesday in the face of continued opposition from the House and Gov. Rick Scott. It didn’t work. The House offered a cautiously optimistic response, but Scott stepped up his criticism of what he called the Senate’s “Obamacare Expansion Plan” and accused his fellow Republicans of trying to impose higher taxes on Floridians. Read more

Conservative Club for Growth praises Alan Grayson in new ad – The conservative Club for Growth, which has backed Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in Florida’s 2016 U.S. Senate race, plans to debut a TV ad Wednesday praising Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando, a liberal firebrand. The spot is purportedly about the Export-Import Bank, which Club for Growth opposes. So does Grayson. But the ad’s real goal is to go after Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter, the top Democrat who has declared his Senate candidacy. Read more

Related: Patrick Murphy pushes back after Club for Growth goes on the attack

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