Friday Morning Political Headlines: Scott latest Orlando Stop, Mica-Adams Opinion

Happy Friday! It’s been a great week in Orlando. I had a chance to attend the local party meeting last night and campaign season was in full swing! We had gophers from the opposing party, mainstream media and candidates or reps from almost every campaign. I’m excited.

Yesterday Governor Rick Scott was in Orlando touring local schools and meeting with local media. It’s only April but the John Mica/ Sandy Adams race is getting tense and sides within the party are being taken as we move into May.

Here are your Friday morning political headlines:

WOFL FOX 35: (Video) Scott talks education & the stand your ground law on Good Day

Orlando Sentinel: Scott Maxwell- In John Mica vs. Sandy Adams, it’s record vs. rhetoric

WESH 2: Gov. Rick Scott To Decide Tuition Bill

CF News 13: (AP) In speech, Biden attacks Romney on foreign policy

WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: (AP) Judge: Fla. worker drug testing unconstitutional

WKMG Local 6: Speaker: Difficult to do Rubio’s immigration bill

Herman Cain Campaigns with Todd Long in Orlando

Former GOP Presidential frontrunner and Conservative favorite Herman Cain was in town Wednesday to campaign with his friend and Congressional candidate Todd Long.

The Godfather’s Pizza founder and Presidency V Winner gave a brief press conference across the street from the Amway center and took time to speak with supporters. He predicted victory for Orlando (the Magic won 102-95) and took in the game with Long after the event.

Todd Long is running in the newly drawn 9th Congressional district. This is the seat former Controversial Representative Alan Grayson has declared for. Long is an attorney, author, and radio show host.

He faces opposition from former State Rep. and Osceola Commissioner John “Q” Quinones, School Board member and Army Vet Julian Melendez, and Businessman Mark Oxner in the GOP primary.

Cain held a brief press conference before heading into the Amway Center

Todd Long with former GOP frontrunner Herman Cain

Thursday Morning Political Headlines: Newt, Voter “Reg” and Stand Your Ground,

The weekend has almost arrived. The last 24 hours have been pretty busy with Mitt Romney‘s Pop Culture Clash and Newt Gingrich suspending his campaign. Former GOP frontrunner Herman Cain was also in town (more on that later).

Today we’ve got stand your ground, more on Gingrich, and even some Rick Perry stories.

Here are you Thursday morning political headlines.

WKMG Local 6: Panel to discuss Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ law

Orlando Sentinel: Third-party groups are registering voters — very carefully

CF News 13: Mayor Jacobs goes Princess Leia in new Star Wars Celebration promo

WOFL FOX 35
: Rick Perry Endorses Mitt Romney(Newscore)

WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: Rubio elevating profile amid VP speculation

WESH 2: Gingrich Tells Romney He Will Back Him (CNN)

The Texas Governor endorsed Perry Wednesday.

Mayor Teresa Jacobs/Princess Leia promotes Star Wars Convention

Well, you can’t accuse Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs of not having a sense of humor.

That is Mayor Jacobs in a Princess Leia costume promoting the Star Wars Celebration 6 at the Orange County Convention Center.

As strange as it might seem to some, this is a bankable event that generates revenue to the region each time it’s held.

With all of the controversy around renovation for the Citrus Bowl, as well as other projects that depend on successful events like these, every municipal leader should have been in this ad.

That includes Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer who might have been able to pull off an Emperor cloak. Perhaps they’re saving that for the new Performing Arts Center which at this point, looks like an incomplete Death Star.

The DPAC construction site

Maybe we can watch Cats in this.

Tuesday Knocks Newt Out. Gingrich to Suspend Campaign

Newt Gingrich’s campaign is finally down for good.

After a run that saw his candidacy come back from the dead twice, the former speaker of the house will suspend his campaign next Tuesday, after losing all five primaries to GOP frontrunner and eventual nominee Mitt Romney last night.

First was his campaign meltdown that saw the majority of his staff resign. Citing Gingrich as difficult to work with and facing a substantial deficit in the polls, a mass exodus occurred that had many believing that was the end of his young campaign.

That was last summer

Second was his lack of traction with the voters. Other frontrunners came and went and many were asking why he was still in the race.

That was last fall.

Gingrich would revive his efforts during the televised debates where he gained ground in the polls not by attacking his opponents, but the moderators and mainstream media. One memorable moment was when he slammed CNN’s John King over questions about his marital past.

That would lead to Gingrich’s rise to the polls. He became Mitt Romney’s biggest competitor and won the South Carolina Primary. And along with his anger directed at the media, he touted a positive past with Reagan and working with Bill Clinton during his time as speaker.

Then came Florida and it all came to a grinding halt.

Gingrich wanted a Moon Base in 8 years. His act of aggression during the debates got old and he was slammed by Florida Senator Marco Rubio, for his immigration attacks on Mitt Romney. He lost by double digits and it was mostly down hill from there.

His only other victory would come in his home state of Georgia. He would lose the other Southern Evangelicals to Rick Santorum and the path to victory became hazier.

He laid off a third of this staff and started using language that set the foundation for today’s an exit. Delaware was his last hope and was lost last night, along with the other four states. He was mathematically eliminated long before that.

There’s hardly any reason to worry about Newt.

Despite massive campaign debt, Gingrich will likely go back on the speaking circuit and write another book. His price per appearance will likely go up and he’ll be out of the woods in no time.

If there is one aspect of this announcement that Newt Supporters can find solace in, it’s that he fought as long as he could and demonstrated that biting back at the media from time to time can be effective energizing a conservative base.

Gingrich's campaign came back from the dead twice and he was a frontrunner at one point