Florida Five: Ticket-selling giants push for power, Malkin vs. Jeb Bush on Common Core

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

ticketmastermerger1Ticket-selling giants push for Florida legislation to help squash industry competition: Big-money ticket-selling companies like Ticketmaster are on a mission to control the industry, and they’ve found a powerful ally: Florida legislators. A bill, HB 1003 filed by Plant City Republican Daniel D. “Dan” Raulerson would restrict resales of tickets to sports and entertainment events, squashing free-market principles and effectively choosing winners and losers by giving an unfair advantage to mega-ticketing companies, opponents say.The 11-page bill is aimed primarily at “ticket brokers,” defined as anyone who buys and resells more than 60 tickets or one-third of all tickets purchased from a professional sports entity during any one-year period. Season-ticket holders and sports fans, beware: By setting up an arbitrary threshold, the proposed law would require you to register with the state as a broker if you want to sell a certain amount of your tickets. Read more.

The Case Against Medicaid Expansion: There are reasons why only half of the 50 states have signed up for Medicaid expansion.Not that you’ll find them easily in the mainstream press. They make boring reading. Stories explaining fiscal restraint usually do. Besides, they’re so … well … conservative.What you’re more apt to find are stories of poor people dying because uncaring Republicans “who have never been poor in their lives” deny these unfortunates medical care. It’s a common liberal litany. Sadly, the cumulative effect on our psyches makes rejection of Medicaid expansion dollars a hate crime, and the governors and lawmakers who opt to do so evil monsters. Which is plain not true. Read more.

Malkin JebMichelle Malkin flattens Jeb Bush’s assertion Common Core is ‘truth serum’: Speaking before 900 people at the annual Broward County Workshop breakfast Friday, former Governor Jeb Bush decried the controversy surrounding Common Core.“Let me tell you something,” he said. “In Asia today, they don’t care about children’s esteem. They care about math, whether they can read in English, whether they understand why science is important, whether they have the grit and determination to be successful,” the Sun-Sentinel reported. He added that the standards are “benchmarked to the rest of the world…a truth serum for our communities to wake up and realize that we’ve languished far too long,” also berating the critics “who go nuts about it.” Read more.

Rubio calls Obamacare ‘disaster’ on 4 year anniversary; DWS still proud as punch: Sunday marked the four year anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law, and two prominent Florida lawmakers had very different takes on the occasion.In a video released over the week end, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., called the law a “disaster,” insisting it can still be repealed. Read more.

New bill would open up competition on limo services: Local governments, consider yourselves warned. Your license to regulate transportation innovation soon could be revoked.
Technology companies offering alternatives to traditional limousine and livery car services are getting help from some friends in high places.After years of being effectively locked out of some of Florida’s largest transportation markets, companies like Uber, Ride Command, Sidecar, Lyft and others soon could find themselves in the driver’s seat. That’s if the Florida Legislature approves a pair of bills sponsored by state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, and state Rep. Jamie Grant, R-Tampa. The proposed legislation would strip local governments of their ability to regulate “chauffeured limousine” services and place that authority in the hands of the state government. Read more.

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