Florida Five: Rick Scott irritates press over RPOF fundraising, Beer break for Mickey

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

Rick Scott interviewVideo: Rick Scott on why he won’t raise money for the Florida GOP – We can confirm that Gov. Rick Scott’s New Year’s resolutions did NOT include starting to answer questions from the press. He will, however, continue to sprinkle his non-answers with the phrase, “As you know….” Read more

Related: Florida GOP plagued by money woes

Beer keg deposit bill would benefit theme parks – New legislation affecting bulk users of beer kegs was filed at the behest of the state’s theme parks, according to one of Tallahassee’s top beer lobbyists. The bill (HB 1079) was filed Monday by state Rep. Ray Rodrigues, an Estero Republican. Read more

Look at what’s ahead for Florida lawmakers and the governor in 2016 – After a strange and at times exhausting 2015, Florida’s government and political establishment is bracing for what could be another intriguing year. The legislative session that kicks off next week might not be as bizarre as last year’s gathering, but everyone will be watching body language to see if things will go smoothly in 2016. Read more

Randy Perkins garners $1.35 million for U.S. House race in first month – Democrat Randy Perkins took in a massive $1.35 million dollar haul during his first active month of running for Congress, his campaign announced Monday. The independently wealthy political novice raised some $425,000 from donors, as well as chipping in $1 million of his own money during the fourth fundraising quarter of 2015. Read more

Florida chambers of commerce seek to end business rent tax – Florida’s legislature will start meeting again next week. Several of the measures lawmakers will be considering are already generating a lot of buzz, including one that would affect nearly every business in the state. Currently, every business that rents space in Florida is hit with a business rent tax of six percent. Read more 

Ice cream lovers rejoice! Blue Bell returning to Florida soon 

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