Bill Nelson Leads in Senate Race Against Connie Mack

Negative ads drawing attention to Mack's 'questionable work habits' may be resonating with voters.

 Sen. Bill Nelson holds a seven-point lead over GOP challenger Rep. Connie Mack in Florida’s Senate race, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey released Friday.

The poll of Sunshine State voters has Nelson leading Mack by a 47 percent to 40 percent margin. Three percent of the survey’s respondents like some other candidate, and 10 percent are undecided.

The survey shows 22 percent of voters regard Mack as “very unfavorable” – up eight points from a month ago, while just 14 percent hold a “very favorable view” of the four-term congressman.

Nelson’s favorability numbers, meanwhile, have improved over the past month, as he now is viewed as “very favorably” by 21 percent and “very unfavorably” by 18 percent. The survey’s results suggest the ads Nelson’s campaign launched in early August– one positive spot and one drawing attention to Mack’s “questionable work habits”– may be resonating with voters.

Sen. Mitch McConnell to Open RNC in Tampa

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky will open the Republican National Convention as its temporary chairman.

McConnell’s appointment to the post was announced Saturday by Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus. McConnell will be temporary chairman until the convention picks a permanent chairman, which is usually one of the first orders of business at the party gathering.

“Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is an excellent leader of our party, and I am proud to recommend him as temporary chairman of the convention,” Priebus said in a statement. He added that McConnell’s leadership of the Senate Republicans “is steadfast.”

...Ann Romney Will Help Kick Things Off

Ann Romney is expected to be named the main headliner to kick off the RNC – establishing a foundation for the week long GOP effort to rally support for her husband’s presidential campaign.

The announcement is likely to come Monday as part of a bigger rollout of the convention schedule, a Republican source with knowledge of the plan tells CNN. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, cautioned that the schedule could change, as the Romney campaign and organizers seek to put the finishing touches on the four day event.

Who are Florida's 98 GOP Delegates?

Less than two weeks before Republicans descend on Tampa, the Republican Party of Florida has yet to release names of the state’s 98 delegates — about half of whom aren’t expected to be officially seated, reports Jacob Carpenter of the Naples Daily News.

The delay comes as state officials continue to negotiate with the Republican National Committee, which stripped Florida of half its delegates for moving up its presidential primary date to Jan. 31. The minor wrist slap won’t have any bearing on the outcome of the convention, where all state delegates are expected to endorse Romney.

“It’s unpleasant to know you elected a delegate who will be cut, but (the convention) is really just a show of unity for the party,” said Frank Schwerin, chairman of the Collier County Republican Executive Committee and one of the delegates not seated. “We don’t have a brokered convention or anything. … If it was a three-way race between ( Rick) Santorum, Newt (Gingrich) and Mitt, you could be assured there would be lawsuits and such about how they cut the seats.”

Fees Top $500K for 15 Florida Lobbyists

Four firms that topped $1 million were Ballard Partners, GrayRobinson, Ronald L. Book PA and Southern Strategy Group.

The reports list the clients represented by lobbying firms and give broad ranges of the total amounts of money that firms collect. The eleven firms that reported receiving between $500,000 and $999,999 were Capital City Consulting LLC, Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky & Abate PA, Corcoran & Johnston, Dutko Worldwide, Floridian Partners, Foley & Lardner, Fowler White Boggs PA, Johnson & Blanton, The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners, The Rubin Group, and Tsamoutales Strategies.

The thirteen firms that reported receiving between $250,000 and $499,999 were Advantage Consulting Team, Akerman Senterfitt, Anfield Consulting, Becker & Poliakoff PA, Greenberg Traurig PA, Gunster Yoakley & Stewart PA, Larry J. Overton & Associates Inc., Metz Husband & Daughton PA, Pennington Moore Wilkinson Bell & Dunbar PA, Pittman Law Group PL, Prieguez & Weems LLC, Smith Bryan & Myers Inc., Spearman Management Inc., The Mayernick Group LLC, and William J. Peebles Attorney at Law.

Major Lobbying Forces Back Benefit Concert at RNC

Gavin DeGraw will headline a benefit concert sponsored by lobbying giants Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Recording Industry Association at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. The performance will be at Musicians On Call's Presidential Convention Charity Benefit on Aug. 28. Musicians On Call is a charity that brings music to wounded soldiers at hospitals. StoneRokk will be the DJ at the invitation-only event. Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has spent $3.4 million on lobbying the federal government this year, while the Recording Industry Association has spent $2.9 million, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

Skepticism for Economic Bounce From RNC

Wall Street Journal: Robert A. Baade, an economist at Lake Forest College in Illinois who has studied the impact of sporting events and political conventions studied 18 national political conventions between 1972 and 2004, and found no statistically significant impact on personal income or local employment when comparing host cities with control cities that didn't host events.

Congressional Primary Winner Trey Radel Loaned Campaign $206K


In the waning days of the Republican primary campaign for Congress, candidate Trey Radel pumped $206,000 into his campaign coffers, raising questions about the source of the money.

... Election finance records show Radel loaned his campaign $130,000 on July 24; $30,000 on July 25; $20,000 each on Aug. 2 and Aug. 6; and $6,000 on Aug. 10.

"It's cash that I have and I have had," Radel said when questioned by the Daily News earlier this week about the source of the money. ... He said part of the money — Radel wouldn't say how much — came from money he inherited after his mother died in 2009. On Friday, Radel said he received the money in July 2012.

Samuel Clemens August 22, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Social Security. Fantastic. What's next? Let's get this thing heading in the right direction. I'm tired of my money being stolen to subsidize the poor AND the wealthy......and especially am tired of our taxes being used to aid rich people in poor countries. Oh, let's not forget the deaths of innocent woman, men and children.
Brian Maday August 23, 2012 at 06:23 PM
As all Floridians, we have two Senators. I am a Marco Rubio fan, as he puts long-term solutions to problems ahead of all else - he also stays close to our great Constitution. Bill, who has been in office FAR too long, simply follows the (Obama) party line - I guess it saves him from having to "think" too much. All in all, it is ALMOST ALWAYS the case that Florida has ZERO IMPACT in the Senate, since their votes cancel each other out. YES, I do lean to the Conservative side - but consider - has Obama EARNED your vote? are you better off than you were 4 years ago. Change, indeed - it's time for a BIG one!
Bulldog August 29, 2012 at 10:38 AM
Obstructionist republicans in congress are the real reason why we have had minimal improvements, but we are far better off today than under Bush, despite the Republican blockaid in congress. Obama has made good progress, I give him a A+ for effort, a C for progress, and Republicans in congress an F-. Romney, seriously? The only answer Romney could be is if the question is who is a big pompous ass. He intentionally defaulted on millions in loans from from banks, lenders, and retirement funds, helping create our financial crisis as the head of Bain Capitol. He mistreats animals, blames Obama for America's deep personal dislike of him, and wants NO TAXES on profits American companies earn overseas-which means more exported jobs.. He has no feeling or empathy for women, the poor, middle class, retired, and disabled. He clearly believes America solely exists to provide opportunities to increase his personal wealth, as demonstrated by his lack of ethics and morals exploiting bankrupsy laws and corporate personhood to line his pockets. Obama isn't perfect-not even close, but he's got Romney morally beat by a long shot. I agree Nelson is and always has been totally useless, but Mack, lmao, if that the best the republican party has to offer they should just give up politics. Here we are in another election cycle with our only real choices being the crap in column D or crappier in column R. Stay tuned to see Americans lose, again:)
Diane Carlstrom August 29, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Looking to the House- Those in FL 12th should take a look at http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com/ running NPA against unpopular Gus Bilirakis and a very young and inexperienced Dem named Snow (currently a photo processor) Russel is an ANRP who works in oncology and has a long history of fighting back for the people and is also an advocate for single payer!
Brian Maday August 30, 2012 at 03:08 PM
@Bulldog - WOW! Somebody piss in your Wheaties, or did you just have a fight with your wife? We're better off than under Bush - except for the wars, joblessness, Credit downgrade, inflation, and gun runner... there ARE more, but I can tell you are REALLY P.O.'d Your comments about Romney must have come to you in a dream - I think you not only drank the Kool-Aid - you must've eaten some, too. It's pretty obvious that your facts must come directly from George Soros, as they're NOT EVEN CLOSE, although you're very good at accusation... Obviously, your mind is made up, and there is no point in responding with facts... but I would be remiss if I didn't point out what Conservatives are really looking for: 1. Fundamental tax reform 2. Demanding a balanced budget 3. Ending runaway government spending 4. Repealing ObamaCare 5. Passing a Comprehensive Energy Policy 6. Protecting the Constitution Hope you cheer up - us "obstructionist" Republicans may not ALL be the very best choices in a perfect world - but that IS what where we are headed...


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