Sunday Morning Political Headlines: Grayson, Castro on local TV

Good Morning,

Lots of good local TV today.

We’ve got an Alan Grayson video linked below. Grayson is in a political slugfest with Todd Long for the 9th Congressional District seat out towards Osecola County.

There is Julian Castro who gave the key note speech at the DNC last month in Charlotte. His star is on the rise and he’s doing his part in Obama’s re-election efforts.

Have a great Sunday. See you tomorrow!

WKMG Local 6: (Video) Alan Grayson joins Lauren Rowe on ‘Flashpoint’

WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: (Video) Earned Sick Time – Central Florida Spotlight

WESH 2: (CNN) Ann Romney to rally while Obama preps for debate

WOFL FOX 35: (AP) Vice President Biden speaks to 2,000 in Fort Myers

Orlando Sentinel: Where state House candidates in key Central Florida races stand on high-profile issues

CF News 13: Julian Castro and Reince Priebus on Political Connections 130 and 730pm on News 13

POLL: RNC bounce gives Romney lead in Ohio

In a poll provided to us by our friends at Gravis Marketing, the Republican National Convention held last week in Tampa has given Mitt Romney a valuable bounce in another important swing state in the country.

According to a survey taken with about 1400 voters earlier this week, the presidential race in the Buckeye state has shifted from a one point Obama lead to a 3 point Romney lead, demonstrating that excitement from the conventions, and emotional speeches on primetime tv can still provide that small (and often temporary) bounce.

The RNC featured top flight speeches by Ann Romney, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and of course the GOP ticket of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. The convention had to stare down Tropical Storm Issac and was even shortened to from 4 days to 3 to accommodate safe travel of delegates and lawmakers.

The Democratic National Convention kicked off last night in Charlotte, North Carolina as those in attendance got to see First Lady Michelle Obama make a case for re-election of her husband, as well as rising star and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro flex his public speaking muscle in front of a nationwide television audience for the first time. The convention continues tonight with former President Bill Clinton.

President Obama can also expect a small bump in the polls next week as well. With the current trend being seen around the country, it will probably put the race back within one point, one way or the other. For now, RNC organizers can enjoy the lead they’ve given their candidate in one of the most important swing states in the country.

Romney’s speech at the RNC last week has given him a small lead in the Buckeye state this week

DNC Review Pt I: First Lady Impresses, Castro adequate

The main festivities kicked off last night in Charlotte as the Democratic National Convention hit primetime television, with it’s first group of speakers addressing the country and pushing for the re-election of President Barack Obama.

Among those speakers where former Obama Chief of Staff and current Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emannuel, “Harold and Kumar go to White Castle” actor Kal Penn, and Maryland Governor Bob O’Malley. Florida Congresswoman and DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wassermann Schultz dropped the gavel to start an evening that would ultimately end with First Lady Michelle Obama rallying the capacity crowd to deliver another four years for her husband.

She succeeded. The others? Not so sure.

FLOTUS Delivers: Seriously, did anyone believe that Michelle Obama would take the podium in front of thousands of her supporters and not get the job done? It was a recurring theme last night, thousands on the web complimenting her manner, her personality and her appearance, but taking a step back when examining at her husband’s first term. Yeah, she brought up warm personal memories of the President when he was younger, but those were things we had all heard before.

The First Lady did well. She usually does. But, unlike Ann Romney who had the advantage of introducing that human element to the country for the first time, Michelle Obama has the President’s record to carry on her back this time, and probably didn’t win over many undecided voters.

Castro is no Rubio: Julian Castro, the young gun Mayor from San Antonio came in with the hype machine running full speed behind him. There were comparisons of Obama from 2004 and he showcased a lot of his political tools last night. He told his inspiring story of being raised from nothing to go to Harvard and, along with his twin brother had his family to thank. He got the crowd involved with a multi-issue attack on Mitt Romney that played on all of the passionate Democratic issues. He also closed strong and flexed that speaking ability that energizes and motivates but..

He’s no Marco Rubio.

Sorry, my Democratic friends but it’s way too soon to make those comparison and the speech was far from perfect. The crowd took a while to get going because, outside of Texas, no one really new who this guy was. He got stuck in the moment a few times, overwhelmed by an energy that he didn’t know what to do with. He didn’t talk policy with the national audience. Can he talk solutions?

Rubio can do all of those things and more. Castro is young (37) and still someone to watch but, he needs to get to Washington and it’s his twin Joaquin who is on that career track, not Julian.

No Bench, Cause to Worry for “D’s”: There were some other good speakers last night, but those were advocates from issue based campaigns and organizations. Where are the young lawmakers that are going to lead this party for the next 20 years? Man.. I don’t know.

Tonight, Democrats in Charlotte will turn to one of the lawmakers that they’ve trusted for the last 20+ years, former President Bill Clinton and he’ll need to be in top form because, it won’t just be Democrats watching tonight, it will be Independents.

Castro has got skills but still has work to do to be compared to Rubio

Florida Faces tough to find at DNC

As the DNC prepares to kick into high gear tonight in Charlotte, the question on the minds of many Floridians who decided to explore the convention coverage outside of the 10-11 hour hour will be many.

Where are the Floridians?

It’s a fair question. And while Central Florida voters can’t expect local Democrats to be featured at every turn like Florida Republicans were last week in Tampa, they should be able to find a few names from the Sunshine State scheduled to speak. Shouldn’t they?

They should but won’t.

Instead Floridians should only expect the presence of their own to be prominently featured and get this, one of them technically isn’t even a Democrat…yet.

There is Florida Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and Weston Congresswoman Debbie Wassermann Schultz, this isn’t a fresh presence but instead one that featured on cable television almost everyday and rumored to be under fire should her performance on national television not improve. She’ll be speaking and should be okay among the party faithful and in an attack dog capacity. She can’t afford a bad week in Charlotte.

Next is Republican turned Independent and eventually expected to swing Democrat and Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist (Your boy). He’ll be that speaker that will testify that he has “seen the light” and left the GOP and will probably go on to destroy the policies of all of his former friends that helped get him elected in the first place. Crist endorsed Senator Bill Nelson in his Florida Senate race against Connie Mack IV earlier this year, and President Obama weeks after that. Those nods earned him a ticket to Charlotte and a speaking slot. It won’t be long before he changes party affiliation and takes a long look at challenging current Florida Governor Rick Scott for his old job. watching in the audience? Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer who, makes a strong case for the job, has a good relationship with President Obama, and will be attending the convention as one of the state’s delegates.

That’s it. That’s all Florida gets and none of those speakers will be on the 10pm shows and will be lucky if there mentioned on any of the coverage the following morning.

In fairness, it’s not the end of the world and the convention is in North Carolina, not Florida but, the trend of party recruiting continues to swing in RPOF’s favor. Convention planners would have been wise to pick a rising star from the biggest political battleground in the country instead of their current keynote speaker Julian Castro, a Mayor from the “safe red” lone star state of Texas.

The NFL kicks-off this week, the new jobs report comes out on Friday morning, and no friendly faces to keep Floridians company until President Obama takes the convention stage and makes his case for re-election.

Jeb Bush mentioned that the President was dealt a bad hand last week. His own party just handed him another weak card, he’ll have to find a way to play in Charlotte this week.

The former Governor will be on of the few familiar faces for Floridians in Charlotte

Tuesday Morning Political Headlines: First Lady at DNC Tonight

Happy Tuesday, I hope your Labor Day was a relaxing and enjoyable.

Now, back to work.

While you were grilling your burgers and dogs yesterday, the Democrats set up shot in Charlotte, North Carolina where they kicked off the Democratic National Convention. Yesterday, was mostly politicos speaking with the media, street parties, and fundraisers. Today is when the festivities really get going. First Lady Michelle Obama will be speaking and with approval numbers much higher than her husband, will be a welcomed sight for weary Obama supporters and Independents.

Giving the Key-Note Speech at the DNC will be San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. The Obama campaign hopes Castro will be what the President himself was back in 2004.

This story leads your Tuesday morning political headlines.

CF News 13: The Democrats’ turn: National convention in Charlotte

Orlando Sentinel: Lake Eola Labor Day picnic serves chicken, beans — and politics

WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: (AP) Dems open convention playing defense of Obama

WESH 2: SunRail preps prompts road closure in Winter Park

WKMG Local 6: (CNN) Obama campaign: DNC to focus on middle class

WOFL FOX 35: Marchers lament NC union stance, but support Obama

The First Lady takes the stage tonight in Charlotte