Sunday, March 3, 2013

Freshman Florida Representative Mark Danish optimistic on upcoming legislative session

Posted By on Sun, Mar 3, 2013 at 6:48 PM

With the Florida legislative session beginning on Tuesday, freshman representative Mark Danish is looking forward to what can be accomplished.

The Democratic congressman, who represents District 63 (Lutz, Town N’ Country, and parts of Seminole Heights, Ybor and the USF area), won his seat in a surprise victory last November. The middle school science teacher waged an old-school style campaign, focusing less on advertising and more on face to face and phone interactions with his potential constituents.

After finishing his last day teaching for the school year on Friday, he’s headed to Tallahassee to begin the legislative period. Switching from the teaching life to one of a politician is a first in Hillsborough County politics, but Danish says figuring out a balance between the two has been smooth.

“The county’s been terrific, they've been very understanding. I think they like the idea that a teacher is going up there (Tallahassee), because it’s not a situation that’s happened before, that an active teacher has gone to the legislature from this town. I think they like the idea because they know someone is going up there to fight for them.”

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Mitt Romney admits he thought he'd "solidly" win Florida last November

Posted By on Sun, Mar 3, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Speaking for the first time for a sit-down interview since his lost last November, Mitt Romney told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that he truly thought he was going to win on Election Day, but first reports out of Florida gave him concern:

The exit polls came out first, and, suggested that it was going to be very close in Florida and we thought we'd win solidly in Florida and it was increasingly clear that this was going to be with the best case scenario, a long night.

Let's be clear though - even though Florida ultimately proved meaningless in last year's election (the election results weren't final until four days later), the conventional wisdom among most political pundits thoughout 2012 (including even by the great Nate Silver,who wrote on his 538 New York Times blog the night before the election that "Florida remains too close to call.") was that Romney would take Florida. In the end, most obviously underestimated Team Obama's ground game, something that Ann Romney referred to when asked why Mitt lost.

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