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Press shut out from Howard Dean speech

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is slated to speak to as many 200 people tomorrow at Parrot Jungle in Miami. Sounds like an event you'd expect to be covered in your local newspaper, especially since the Legislature is on the verge of moving up Florida's presidential primary despite warnings from Dean that it will cost the state delegates to the national convention.

But a spokesman for the national committee, Luis Miranda, says the event is closed to the press. Hmmmm. Doesn't the party trust its own national spokesman to put the party's best foot forward? Doesn't the party want Dean want to crow about its presidential prospects? Doesn't closing events to the press lead to negative speculation?