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Good morning. It's Thursday, March 13, 2014.

Some things I underlined in John Romano's column today:

1. The governor will begin selling himself today in a brand new campaign commercial designed to make him look every bit as human as you or I.

2. ... his likely opponent, Charlie Crist, is carrying his own set of peculiar baggage. Yet the polls consistently show Crist with a lead against the incumbent.

3. "The only way Rick Scott wins is if he convinces people that Charlie Crist is actually worse than him. And that's going to be a tough sell because people like Charlie Crist and they don't like Rick Scott."

Some things I underlined in other places in the paper:

Facts about the vulnerable superstar who died of a drug overdose at age 36 flash on TVs. Click.

"This will make Florida the safest state in America to raise a family," said Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Shalimar. "And the worst state for violent sexual predators." Click.

But the most unsettling paragraph in the Times today? Scene: Goth guy in platform boots sings, is terrible, begs celebrity judges to hand him a golden ticket to fame, and when they do not, he is devastated yet still eager to hug them. They are who he wants to be. Click.

Here's part of the NYT's second-day take on the Sink-Jolly tussle:

Although he lived in Washington for years, Mr. Jolly was raised in Pinellas County.

This was not true of Ms. Sink who moved here from adjacent Hillsborough County, home to Tampa, to run for the seat. Republican political consultants said that the divide between neighboring Tampa and St. Petersburg is nevertheless wide — with many in Pinellas County often feeling overshadowed by the larger city to the east.

"This is a very parochial area," said David Johnson, a Republican political consultant and former executive director of the Republican Party of Florida. "He grew up here and had deep roots in that community, and she did not. I think, for some people, it has a great deal to do with the feeling that he is one of us, and she is not."

Reubin Askew, one of the most popular and effective governors in Florida history, died this morning in Tallahassee.

And Curtis Reeves, who shot and killed a man after an argument over texting in a movie theater, was texting in the movie theater.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 13, 2014 11:15am]


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