July 24, 2012

Tampa strip clubs getting webcams, 'Nailin' Paylin' Sarah Palin lookalike stripper for RNC

From TBO.com

Strip clubs may not be the most politically correct venue for those attending the Republican National Convention, but that doesn't mean Tampa's well-known adult hot spots won't be ready for the influx of visitors.

One place is bringing in a stripper who looks like former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.** There are major renovations taking place. And some nude clubs have already been giving potential customers a taste of the talent online.

"Not only can you see the dancers on the stage and in the dressing room, you can also talk to them in an online chat room," said Don Kleinhans, owner of the 2001 Odyssey on North Dale Mabry Highway.

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**The Twitters informs us the Palinesque stripper is Lisa Ann of the 'Who's Naylin Palin' pornographic movie.

July 05, 2011

Will Weatherford on redistricting, 2012 and more

UPDATE: Weatherford endorsed former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

State Rep. Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, sat down for a wide-ranging, one-hour conversation with the St. Petersburg Times editorial board this morning. The future House speaker has a busy summer going as he chairs the House redistricting committee and attends public hearings across the state. He covered a number of hot topics. Here are the highlights:

The redisctricting process: "It's putting a very complicated pie together that involves a lot of testimony, it involves a lot of law, federal law, state law, constitutional state provisions, case law, I mean, it’s a lot. And I had no idea what this was going to entail when I asked to be chairman of this committee."

Where will FL's new congressional seats be? "The two new seats … that’s probably further down the road in fall. I can tell you the greatest population increases have been I-4-based, really pretty much from Tampa to Orlando, the southwest Florida corridor, down there in Collier, Lee county … and then in northeast Florida, kind of between Jacksonville and Orlando, along that Palm Coast, I-95 corridor. Those are the three that have had the most. So we have two congressional seats, obviously, not three. I don’t know for sure, but my guess would be those are the areas with the most population, they could potentially be where a seat goes."

Getting lobbied by current members of Congress? "Yeah, I’ve had them call, 'Hey, how’s it going Mr. Chairman, what’s happening?’ All the sudden I’m a pretty popular guy to people who didn’t know who I was. I give them the same speech I give our members, which is, ‘Do me a favor, have your people come to hearings, we’d love to hear from you if you want to give us your opinion. But don’t talk to me about where you live, don’t talk to me about what your political agenda is. Talk about the communities of interest in your district, talk about how it can be more compact, talk about how it can follow geographic boundaries better. If your comments are tailored toward the district and not you, it’s okay. But anything you say to me can and will be used.' "

Gov. Rick Scott's low approval rating a concern for 2012? "I’m not concerned about it. I think it’s early. Just like when Gov. (Charlie) Crist in … 2008 his numbers were through the roof, I mean, absolutely through the roof and he got walloped in the polls. To me, if my election hinges upon the popularity of the governor, then I’m probably not a very good legislator for my district."

Endorsing for Republican presidential primary? "I'm flirting. I’d be jumping the gun if I told you. I have narrowed it down and there’s a couple that I really like and one in particular that I’m leaning toward. I’m not going to share it today because I’ll probably be coming out with something pretty soon. We’ll see." (Could it be Jon Huntsman? The former Utah governor is making several Tampa Bay area stops this weekend, perfect for an endorsement.)

What about FL's primary? “I think the goal is to be as close as we possibly can, hopefully like the fifth slot, without penalty. So we’re negotiating with the RNC as to how we get that done. There may be a penalty anyway, no matter what we do. ... but playing devil’s advocate, as Florida, if we were to go into it and say, okay, we’ll take the penalty, we’re going to go the Thursday before Super Tuesday  … Let’s say they take away half of our delegates, they’re worth more than Iowa’s, New Hampshire’s and almost South Carolina’s combined.”

FL Senate race: Won't endorse before the Republican primary. Says all of the candidates are friends.

Asked if PSC was wronged: “Gov. (Charlie) Crist politicized the PSC. The PSC is supposed to be a quasi-judicial branch that is supposed to look at facts and figures and make a determination based on what is in front of them and what they know, not based on political pressure. Gov. Crist, who I still consider a friend of mine, he’s a nice guy, but he went out there and campaigned on lowering people’s rates, he was very consumer-friendly, he wanted to make sure that the PSC was always fighting back and not approving anything that he thought could potentially increase rates for consumers. Well that goes against what the whole PSC was supposed to be. The reason we created the PSC was to take politics out of the decision-making process and make it a judicial decision on facts. Gov. Crist was calling PSC commissioners and telling them how to vote, minutes before the vote, a couple years ago. And so he politicized it first and I think the reaction of the Legislature was to depoliticize it."

Open FL waters to oil exploration? "Not interested. We’ve had the debate. Not interested.”

March 31, 2011

Mike Haridopolos dismisses 'idle threats' of S.C., Iowa over convention

Florida Senate President and U.S. Senate candidate Mike Haridopolos wants South Carolina and Iowa Republicans to chill out about punishing Florida for having an early primary:

"It continues to amaze me that Republican leaders in other states feel threatened by Florida in next year’s presidential preference primary.  I have said all along that Florida does not want to jump the traditional early states of New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina or Nevada.  We simply want to go fifth.

As the ultimate swing state with a population reflective of the country’s demographics, Florida should have a significant role as early in the nominating process as possible. Vice President Biden said last week that the President Obama’s fortunes for reelection rest on Florida. That should be our total focus.

 Idle threats by other states are not productive.  Unified Republicans will gather in Tampa in August 2012 to select the person who will replace Barrack Obama as President of the United States."

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February 02, 2011

Bitner answers Priebus on primary warning: We're working on it

Florida Republican Party new Chairman Dave Bitner heeded the words of the RNC's new chief Reince Priebus today, who urged Florida to push back its controversial early primary date, but issued this statement:

"We have been working for quite some time with the Legislature and doing everything in our power to comply with the RNC's rules,'' Bitner said in a statement. "We must also protect the state's ability to play an active role in selecting the Republican nominee."

October 18, 2010

Rubio to rally with Palin, tea partiers co-opted

Everett Wilkinson, chairman of the Florida Tea Party (not to be confused with the registered political party) has been planning a statewide, Oct. 23 rally at Orlando City Hall for at about one month.

Then Sarah Palin came along. She and the Republican National Committee announced a rally on -- you guessed it -- Oct. 23 -- at the Orlando World Center Marriott, about 15 miles away.

Sigh.

"If all the places that the RNC could have a rally, why did they pick the same place as mine?'' lamented Wilkinson. "We've been telling people they can come to our rally and help get out the vote and listen to patriots, or they can go to the other thing and pay to listen to politicians.'' 

General admission to the Palin rally is $20.10. Start time is 3 p.m. Senate nominee Marco Rubio will be there; no word yet from gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott The tea party rally is at noon, free and gets you Grover Norquist.

December 30, 2008

September 04, 2008

McCain: Drill new wells off shore and drill them now!

ST PAUL - The last night of the GOP convention is ending with the same rallying cry that has echoed here for days, "Drill, baby, drill."

The cheers came as John McCain promised "the most ambitious national project in decades.

"We are going to stop sending $700 billion a year to countries that don't like us very much," he said to cheers. "We will attack the problem on every front. We will produce more energy at home. We will drill new wells offshore, and we'll drill them now. We will build more nuclear power plants. We will develop clean coal technology. We will increase the use of wind, tide, solar and natural gas. We will encourage the development and use of flex fuel, hybrid and electric automobiles."

Convention fashion, Florida style

Minnesota_249 ST. PAUL -- Orange scarves are soooo yesterday at the Republican National Convention.

It's Thursday, and tonight the Florida delegates will be waving a silky fabric of red, white and blue. "Florida likes to be unique,'' said Andreina Figueroa, pictured below with Viviana Bovo on her right and Nilda Pedrosa on her left.

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Mel Martinez: "Only one man"

ST PAUL - Mel Martinez bashed Barack Obama for suggesting he'd meet with foreign leaders like Raul Castro -- without preconditions.

"Senator Obama is a relative newcomer on the national scene and an unproven quantity on the global stage, so, do we know what he stands for?," Martinez said. "First, he said he would meet with rogue leaders without condition, then he came to understand that is an unwise and dangerous approach to American leadership.

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"First, he was for trade, then he was against NAFTA," Martinez said of Obama. "First, he was for a 'soft' response to the Russian invasion of the emerging democracy of Georgia, then he realized it warranted a more muscular response...only after John McCain led the way in standing up to Russian aggression.

"Is this what he means by "change we can believe in? It is not the kind of change we need from our President and Commander-in-Chief."

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Crist's taped address won't get air time at convention

Logistical hang-ups will make it impossible for Gov. Charlie Crist to get some GOP convention face time before the show stops tonight, said Crist advisor George LeMieux.

Crist was scheduled to address the crowd before the prime-time acceptance speech of John McCain, but with two more storms now churning in the Atlantic, Crist decided to stay in Tallahassee, close to the state Emergency Operations Center.

A last-ditch attempt to record Crist giving a video address got snagged by complications, LeMieux said from Minneapolis Thursday. "I begged him to fly up here. But he wouldn't do it,'' he said.

LeMieux, who earned the nickname "maestro" for managing Crist's successful campaign for governor in 2006, is disappointed at the lost opportunity. "There's nothing more that I would want than to have Charlie Crist at this convention because he's a national figure and I know he would be great,'' he said. "But Florida is Job One."