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Florida Dems have arrived

DENVER -- The Democratic National Convention is just getting underway, and one of the first orders of business was to accept yesterday's decision to give the once-scorned Florida delegates full voting rights.

Terrie Brady, a former state party chairwoman, led the group in a cheer. "Yes we can,'' they chanted. (As in yes we can sit down at the convention, thank God.)

Until late May, Florida delegates didn't know if they'd even be welcome in Denver. Now they're milling around, marveling over their front-row seats.

"It's the best thing that's happened to the Florida delegation yet,'' said Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorensen, who is attending her first convention.

Many of the delegates are wearing tropical-themed outfits and pink flamino sunglasses. As if they didn't look goofy enough already with their funny hats.

"I'm thrilled to be here,'' said state Rep. Luis Garcia of Miami Beach, who is also attending his first convention. "I got goosebumps.''