YOUR DAILY WEEKLY READER: growlers, growers, gripers and gropers


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DID THE BIG BEER LOBBY JUST JOIN GROWLR? OH, WAIT, THEY’RE PROBABLY GOING TO FIND A WAY TO CREATE FAKE CRAFT BEER: “After a buzz-kill for beer-growler fans last year, a House committee Tuesday advanced legislation to end Florida's Prohibition-era ban on larger beer ‘growlers’ and beer tastings. The House Business and Professional Regulation Subcommittee OK’d a bill allowing brew pubs and other larger beer sellers and manufacturers fill up the larger, 64-ounce and 128-ounce beer growlers. Florida law allows the sale of 32-ounce craft beer containers, or larger, non-reusable gallon jugs – but not in refillable growlers. Nationwide, the 64-ounce growler is a preferred size for selling craft brews and micro-brews, which have exploded in popularity in recent years. Last year, the same committee killed a bill that would have simply allowed the larger beer growlers. It generated a fight between craft brewers and beer distributors and manufacturers including Anheuser-Busch. This year, virtually all of Florida's beer industry is on-board for helping the fledgling craft industry catch up with other states like Colorado. ‘This has been a really healthy process for us to go through,’ Chair Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach, said before the committee passed the bill.” (via Orlando Sentinel)



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HEY LOOK! A BUNCH OF NUMBERS TO MAKE YOU REALIZE HOW EXPENSIVELY FUCKED UP THE POLITICAL GAME IS. YOU HAVE TO BE RICH, BUT NOT RICH, TO WIN: “With help from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie‘s visit, Florida Gov. Rick Scott hauled in more than $4.1 million for his re-election efforts last month — more than four times as much campaign cash as likely Democratic rival Charlie Crist raised in January. Scott’s Let’s Get To Work committee collected $3.4 million in January. The biggest contributor was the Republican Governors Association, which stroked a $2.5 million check on Jan. 27, a week after RGA Chairman Christie visited Florida and attended fundraising events with Scott. Scott’s official re-election campaign committee raised $734,036 during the month, including 208 checks from donors who gave the maximum $3,000 contribution. Former Gov. Crist raised just over $1 million during the month. His Charlie Crist For Florida committee snagged $637,000 and his official re-election committee collected $374,768. Crist’s Democratic primary rival, former state Sen. Nan Rich of Weston, raised $14,423 in January. Since launching her campaign in 2012, Rich has raised $283,571 and spent $210,490. Since April 1, Rich’s campaign has been in the red — raising $161,925 while spending $184,384.” (via Palm Beach Post)


BUT HOW MANY FAT-CAT CEOS LIVING OFF OF THE PAIN OF OTHERS WERE POLLED?: “The poll of 1,000 likely voters, commissioned by American Women, the National Partnership for Women & Families and the Rockefeller Family Fund, found that nearly two-thirds of those surveyed supported such family policies, including majorities of men and women, majorities of whites, African Americans and Hispanic voters, majorities of young and old voters and majorities of voters in different regions of the country. Nearly 90 percent of Democrats, who tend to believe that government should play a role in solving social issues, were in support of the family friendly policies, as were 54 percent of Independents. Nearly half, 46 percent, of Republican voters surveyed likewise signaled support. Among Republicans, who tend to favor voluntary policies or tax incentives for businesses rather than government mandates, 54 percent of GOP women were in favor of the call for more family supportive policies, as were 36 percent of men. ‘This is a reflection of the strong recognition across the country, across region, across class, race, and gender, that something needs to change,’ said Vicki Shabo, director of the work and family programs at the National Partnership. ‘People instinctively know that something is not right, that families are held back, that the U.S. economy is held back. They want to address these issues, and they’re willing to vote on them.’” (via Washington Post)


IN WHICH EVEN MORE TIME IS GIVEN TO THE ART OF TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF RAND PAUL’S POSITIONS ON ANYTHING: “So a lot of folks in the political press were surprised when Senator Rand Paul, a presidential aspirant, started referring to former President Clinton as a sexual harasser on C-SPAN and later as a sexual predator in an interview with Newsmax. As Chris Cillizza would put it in a Washington Post article, "What gives?" My colleague Peter Beinart suggests that the attacks are nothing more than a way for Paul to shore up his credibility with social conservatives skeptical of libertarians. He cites Clinton's popularity among Americans and women in particular. ‘Paul isn’t speaking to most Americans,’ he concludes, ‘he’s speaking to the Christian right.’ The observation that this could help Paul among conservative Christians is astute. But senators eyeing the White House say things that serve multiple purposes, and I believe Paul's strategy is about more than the religious right. Asked about several of his Bill Clinton comments on Meet the Press, Paul himself offered this context: ‘the Democrats, one of their big issues is they have concocted and said Republicans are committing a war on women.’ Every Republican with presidential aspirations is gaming out the best way to respond to that Democratic campaign tactic, and this is part of Paul's answer. I expect we haven't seen the last of it. In fact, even if Paul himself never mentions Bill Clinton again, I suspect others in the GOP will deploy a similar tactic if Hillary Clinton runs for president and the 'War on Women' attack is deployed.” (via the Atlantic) 



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