Of (presidential) primary concern
The state Senate is taking its time deciding a new date for Florida's 2008 presidential primary. The Senate Ethics & Elections Committee postponed a vote this week on a bill that would move the primary up to Feb. 19.
That's earlier than it is now in Florida, but it's not early enough for House leaders, who are looking at Feb. 5 or sooner. The panel's chairman, Sen. Lee Constantine, R-Altamonte Springs, suggested the delay is to see what dates other big states choose for their primaries. "We will watch the other states very, very closely," he said.