With the 2012 presidential campaign in full swing, this week brings some prime-time visitors to Florida: Rick Perry, Michelle Obama and Joe Biden.
Wednesday, Texas Gov. Perry will raise money for his Republican presidential campaign at a morning, $1,000-per person fundraiser hosted by Tony Buzbee, Jose Cuevas, Dr. A.K. Desai and Keith Overton. It will be at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach.
On Thursday, the first lady will visit Tampa for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Davis Island home of developer Joel Cantor.
Mrs. Obama will arrive at Tampa International Airport mid afternoon and be greeted by students from St. Petersburg's John Sexton Elementary School, which has been recognized for wellness programs.
Then Friday, Vice President Biden is the keynote speaker at the Florida Democratic Party annual convention in Orlando. The convention theme is: "A Legacy of Leadership: A Promise for Tomorrow."
Health law backers
A group with ties to the White House and liberal interest groups is planning to hold a series of town hall meetings around Florida to pitch seniors, Hispanics and college students on President Barack Obama's health care law.
Know Your Care will promote benefits of the law at meetings planned so far in Orlando, Broward County and Tallahassee.
The group's first Florida meeting is scheduled for Friday at the Marks Street Senior Recreational Complex in Orlando. Speakers will include Florida Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich, Florida Center for Fiscal & Economic Policy lobbyist Karen Woodall and Small Business Majority Director Rhett Buttle.
A new term coined
The Florida Democratic Party has launched a fundraising website — Rickpublicans.com — that takes aim at some of the state's most prominent Republicans by pointing out their ties to unpopular Gov. Rick Scott.
The site opens up by defining the new term from Democrats: [rick-puhb-li-kuh´n] noun 1. Proper name for Florida Republicans wrought with greed and corruption who are hell-bent on selling out to the corporations and special interests while leaving Florida's middle class families out-to-dry.
The Republicans targeted: U.S. Senate candidates George LeMieux, Adam Hasner and Mike McCalister, and U.S. Reps. Allen West, David Rivera and Vern Buchanan.
Said Republican Party of Florida spokesman Brian Hughes: "This lame website demonstrates a level of desperation that is even worse than we thought possible."