Not exactly where sh*t stands, just important political news and notes from around the state

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Not every post can be about where sh&t really stands.  Still, there are several important political news stories and notes from around the state worth checking out.

Leading off is the Biden-Nelson visit to the Everglades. Certainly this will surprise you, but the event is accused of having political overtones:

“From the stagecraft to the recurring Obama administration references to the made-for-TV images of the three politicians air-boating through the Everglades, the event had a strong campaign quality to it as the general-election season starts in the nation’s largest battleground state.”

Like I said, shocking.

Not so shocking is news that the federal review of the state’s election law will go into July. A Department of State spokesman on Monday said Florida is prepared to use two election laws if the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., doesn’t rule before the primary.

Two sets of election laws? Hmmm, that doesn’t sound like it will be an issue in Flori-duh.

But, hey, the justices of the Florida Supreme Court can barely fill out their candidate paperwork, so what do you expect from other candidates?

Elsewhere, Roll Call reports that the DCCC plans to add Patrick Murphy to the list of challengers it is going to help in its effort to take back the House. Murphy is taking on freshman Rep. Allen West.

West has been “uninvited” to a fundraiser for the NAACP in Martin County, where he was scheduled to be the keynote speaker. ABC News reports its his recent remarks about Democrats being communists that resulted in the reconsideration.

I would be remiss if I didn’t, breathlessly, offer the latest on the possibility of Marco Rubio running as Mitt Romney’s running mate.

 Today’s daily story about Marco Rubio – and there will be at least one everyday until Mitt Romney names a running mate – is from the Wall Street Journal. There’s another story in the Los Angeles Times about how Rubio will appeal to Hispanics.

Rubio couldn’t ask for better press than the earned media he received from the Tampa Bay Times, which featured Rubio in the class he teaches Mondays and Fridays at Florida International University in Miami.

In Tampa Bay politics, the Democrats have a candidate to run against Sen. Jim Norman.  The Dems are making a lot of moves in Pinellas and Hillsborough right now.  Be sure to check out my post from yesterday about the latest developments.

Finally, for you policy junkies, check out:

Material from the News Service of Florida and Politico was used in this post.

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