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Pro-Obama PAC Debuts Third Florida Attack Ad

'Priorities USA Action' has a new Florida TV spot about Mitt Romney's career at Bain Capital. Here's a week's worth of Florida political news by columnist Peter Schorsch, publisher of Saintpetersblog.

 The pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA Action has a new TV ad in Florida, the latest in a series of negative spots about Mitt Romney's career at Bain Capital. The ad is part of a $10 million campaign and is also airing in Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Watch here.

Koch Bros. Target Bill Nelson

Americans for Prosperity, the tea-party group funded in great part by the Koch Brothers (the conservative version of George Soros), have launched a six-state $3 million ad buy that targets Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, among others, reports Marc Caputo of the Miami Herald.

In bellwether Pasco, a Presidential enthusiasm gap, by Tom Jackson of the Tampa Tribune

The major parties' presidential campaigns debuted their Pasco County headquarters within a couple of days of each other last week.

....But if the campaign tilts toward the candidate whose volunteers come out of the blocks with the greatest enthusiasm, you'd have to like Barack Obama's chances in Pasco County.

CNN Vern Buchanan Investigation

CNN has confirmed there are "no fewer than four congressional and federal investigations" into Rep. Vern Buchanan's "business practices, his campaign finances and his alleged attempt to try to stop a witness from talking."

"Now that witness is stepping forward in an exclusive interview with CNN. Buchanan's former business partner says the congressman schemed to launder money from his car dealerships into his campaign coffers, and then tried to get others to cover it up."

Florida Ranks 4th in Economic Insecurity

When it comes to economic insecurity Florida's hard to beat. A new report says Florida ranks fourth behind Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama. The Rockefeller Foundations and Yale University professor Jacob Hacker collaborated on the report titled "Economic Insecurity Across the American States." Their Economic Security Index tracks the proportion of Americans who see their available household income drop by 25 percent or more in a single year and who lack the ability to replace this lost income.

Quote of the Day

"Our state is doing extremely well. We still have 800,000 people out of work, but we're changing it. Tourism is way up, jobs are up, housing prices are staying stable. If you want to buy a house, now is the time." -- Rick Scott, quoted by TPM, apparently not heeding the advice of Mitt Romney's campaign to downplay positive economic news in Florida.

Dems Message-Test Nelson's Strengths

Less than 20 minutes after Lemieux quit, an outfit that called itself “Florida Opinion Survey” began polling Florida voters to test a number of political messages that undoubtedly will be used to boost incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson and tear at Mack, reports Marc Caputo of the Miami Herald.

 

MORE FROM THE WEEKEND

>>>Rick Scott defends RNC gun stance in Tampa speech.

>>>Hillsborough Republicans tout successes at Lincoln Day Dinner.

>>>With tolls going up along 585 miles worth of roads, Gary Fineout blogs about which politicians were responsible for these increases.

Jeb Bush Endorses Kelli Stargel

Locked in a tough GOP primary against Jack Myers and Ron Rushing, Rep. Kelli Stargel received a much-needed lift from Jeb Bush, who endorsed Stargel in Senate District 15.

“Kelli is consistent conservative leader who has made student achievement a priority. Thanks to her dedication and leadership, Florida continues to be a model for a student-centered education,” Bush said.

Pro-Life Group Organizes Field Offices

 Gearing up for the 2012 elections, Florida Family Action, an advocacy and political action committee that describes itself as pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-family, has hired 15 field officers and staff for nine regional field stations for the upcoming election cycle, reports the News Service of Florida. The Orlando-based group began opening field office this week. Locations include Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach Pensacola, Orlando, Naples, Jacksonville, Clearwater and Miami.

Elections Supervisor Now a Popular Job

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune notes that the job running elections is in hot demand. "For years, county elections supervisor jobs were viewed as mundane administrative posts with so little public policy work that most politicians did not even consider running for them. Now, along Florida's west coast, seasoned political players are looking to parlay their years of experience in partisan battles into an advantage in becoming elections overseers."

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