Mitt Romney-Pam Bondi Ticket?
There's discussion about whether Florida's Attorney General is on the short list of vice president candidates for GOP hopeful Mitt Romney.
Attorney Genral Pam Bondi is the latest name to emerge from the pool of rumored contenders for the Republican vice presidential slot, but experts consider her a long shot.
The Business Insider website said that the Romney campaign noted that Bondi was campaigning for Romney in New Hampshire, including at a Women for Mitt Kickoff Breakfast in Concord, and at campaign office openings in Bedford and Stratham.
The story then speculates why Bondi would be a good running mate, including her gender, her coming from a battleground state and her strong opposition to the president's health care law.
In addition, Politico.com recently placed Bondi on the top of a list of state officials to watch.
Experts said Bondi would likely not be Rommey's pick, but her trip is a sign she could play a large role in the campaign and the RNC in Tampa.
Obama Back in Florida
President Barack Obama is heading to Orlando on Thursday as part of a campaign swing through three battleground states. The president's re-election campaign said Obama will "lay out his vision to rebuild the economy from the middle out, cut taxes for middle-class families and reduce the country's deficit."
Obama will also stop in two Ohio cities on Wednesday and in Virginia on Thursday. Obama had been scheduled to make a Central Florida stop last week before the movie-theater massacre in Colorado.
McCain, Graham and Ayotte Talking Defense in Tampa Today
U.S. Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte will attend a town hall to discuss the possible impact of defense cuts in the Tampa Bay area, home to MacDill Air Force Base.
THE GOP'S RICK SCOTT PROBLEM by Michael Bender for Bloomberg Businessweek: Brian Burgess, a spokesman for Rick Scott, says, "Reasonable people can debate governing style all they want, but when it comes to substance, Governor Scott is turning the state around." That's not swaying organizers of the GOP convention in Tampa. So far they've refused to give Scott the prime-time speaking role he wants. "One thing he'll definitely be part of is the welcoming event," says Al Austin, chairman of the convention's host committee, which is raising money to help fund the event. "He'll certainly have an opportunity to make an appearance there."
'I'm a Pole, So Can You'
Are GOP'ers the big spenders at strip clubs? An industry spokesperson for strip club execs think so.
The New York Times reports Tampa's "well-known strip clubs have joined the welcome wagon" for the Republican national convention.
"Angelina Spencer, the executive director of the Association of Club Executives, which serves as a trade association for strip clubs, said an informal survey of convention business in New York and Denver had determined that Republicans dropped more money at clubs, by far. ... Hands down, it was Republicans. The average was $150 for Republicans and $50 for Democrats."
Speaking of Vice (Not Presidents): INVESTORS CAN'T WAIT TO GAMBLE ON FLORIDA by Howard Stutz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal
"Florida's gambling proponents are not going to be deterred by a temporary slowdown and continue to push casino expansion in the southern part of the state, a market some analysts predict could exceed the Strip's annual $6 billion in gaming revenues.
"...Gaming supporters quickly began to regroup in early February, after skittish Florida lawmakers canceled a planned vote on a bill that could have placed three casinos in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area."
Corruption Risk Report Released Today
Integrity Florida holds a press conference today to release a new report, "Corruption Risk Report: Financial Disclosure." The report will cover state officials' personal disclosure forms, including those of lawmakers who work for lobbying firms.