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  1. The Tampa Bay Times has officially endorsed President Barack Obama

    "This is not the time to reverse course and return to the failed policies of the past. Without hesitation, the Tampa Bay Times recommends Barack Obama for re-election as president.”

    The Times released a statement on their web site explaining their endorsement for the president mentioning the president’s accomplishments in the past four years, and what he will bring to the table if he is re-elected. 

    The Times clearly state their opposition to Mitt Romney’s stance on healthcare, foreign policy, immigration laws, the economic stimulus package, and his view against same-sex marriage and women’s health.

    "Romney, who supported abortion rights as Massachusetts governor and now opposes them with limited exceptions, cannot be trusted to stand up to social conservatives who view overturning Roe vs. Wade as a litmus test for prospective justices.”

    tampabay.com »

  2. With Michigan looking increasingly like a need-to-win swing state in November, MSU students, alumni and university leaders are, in their own ways, influencing the dynamic of the convention.

    — Ian Kullgren, Julia Nagy, Kellie Rowe and Justin Wan cover the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., for Michigan State University’s The State News

    The team spoke with those with Michigan connections to focus on how the state could shape the weeks leading to the November election.

    statenews.com »

  3. Sen. Kelly Ayotte took aim at President Obama’s business record Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention. 

    "In both the private sector and as Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney always asked ‘How can I help businesses grow, innovate, and compete?’" Ayotte told the crowd.

    Los Angeles Times »

  4. Photos by Ryan Thompson; Reporting by Ryan Thompson and Maggie Seppi

    Tropical Storm Isaac may have abbreviated Monday’s events at the Republican National Convention, but preparations for the four-day event in Tampa, Fla., endure.

    Inside the Tampa Convention Center, three floors worth of media rooms fill the building — from Time to Twitter, from the Tampa Bay Times to the Washington Post.

    An enclosed walkway leads to the Tampa Bay Times Forum, in which politicians, delegates and the media will congregate.

    Angela Gard, the CEO of Tampa’s Couture that Rox, serves as the merchandising manager of the GOP Shoppe.

    The shop, located inside the forum, will sell apparel, buttons and other products related to the Republican Party, the Romney-Ryan ticket and the 2012 convention itself, Gard said.

    She said all revenue goes back to the host committee in Tampa and to the Romney campaign.

    A registered Republican, Gard said she’s supportive of the Romney-Ryan ticket.

    But Gard won’t be the only one working inside a vendor in the forum this week.

    Karla Soloman, a cashier at Mr. Empanada, will be sell food and drinks instead of GOP iconography. 

    Soloman said during the convention, she and her co-workers will get to the forum around 5:30 a.m. and clock in at 7. They’ll work until midnight and keep that schedule for the convention’s duration.

    "The more, the better" when it comes to Mr. Empanada customers for the convention, Soloman said. 

  5. I think Biden is like a sunny day to the middle class families across this country who are looking for someone who is going to fight for them in the White House.”

    - Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki responding to a question as to whether VP Joe Biden is more of a Category 3 or a Category 4 on the storm-ranking scale as he prepares to visit Florida during the Republican National Convention. (via yahoopolitics)

    yahoopolitics »

  6. reuterspolitics:

    Mitt Romney tried to make up ground with Hispanic voters in a speech today, promising a long-term solution to allow young illegal immigrants to stay in the United States, but offering just a few minor immigration proposals.

    “Some people have asked if I will let stand the president’s…

    reuters.com »

  7. Rep. Connie Mack (R) today received two major boosts in his race against Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (D) for the U.S. Senate seat.

    One came from FreedomWorks, which announced its intentions in an email to 102,000 Florida members of the PAC. 

    From the Tampa Bay Times:

    In addition to signaling its preference, FreedomWorks provides candidates with yard signs, door hangers and other get out the vote materials. Candidates also get put into its national phone banking system. People from Ohio, for example, could be making calls on Mack’s behalf.

    The other push came from Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas casino tycoon, who will provide $1 million to Mack — possibly as a pledge to Freedom PAC, a PAC backing Mack.

    From Politico:

    [Adelson] plans to spend around $100 million this [election] cycle.

    Adelson’s backing follows his $10 million donation to Restore Our Future, a PAC supporting Mitt Romney, June 13.

  8. Frankly, the president’s executive action take[s] a lot of momentum out of Sen. Rubio’s push for a consensus, legislative solution. The president’s action undermines the urgency to pass something before the election — a hard enough prospect during an election year even before the newly inflamed politics surrounding the issue.”

    - Sen. Marco Rubio spokesman Alex Conant about the Obama administration’s plans block deportation of young illegal immigrants.

    tampabay.com »

  9. Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, visited Orlando on Tuesday to speak about health care and tax breaks for small business. From the Orlando Sentinel:

    Speaking on the factory floor of Con-Air Industries of Orlando, a company that makes air filters, Romney also decried President Barack Obama as “out of touch,” repeatedly berating him for his comment last week that “the private sector economy is fine.”

    "It’s time we have a president who is [in] touch with America. And I am." 

    orlandosentinel.com »

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