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Florida Democratic Party News Clips - August 14

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IT'S PRIMARY DAY IN FLORIDA…Voters head to polls for primary day in Florida [Bay News 9] "Polls will be open until 7 p.m. today. Voters will be casting their ballots for a number of statewide and local races." You can find your polling location here. 

 

FRONT PAGE, ABOVE THE FOLD: "MEDICARE IS UNAVOIDABLE TOPIC

Mitt Romney returns to Florida with Medicare back as central issue [Times/Herald] "'Rick Scott couldn't be a worse choice to address seniors' concerns about the Romney-Ryan plan, which ends Medicare as we know it and shreds the safety net for seniors,' said the Broward County congresswoman, visiting a South Tampa shoe store with a bus emblazoned with the title: 'Romney Economics: The Middle Class Under the Bus.' 'Scott's company was involved in what at the time was the largest Medicare fraud scheme in the history of the United States,' she said." 

Democrats blast Ryan pick in mock Florida bus tour [Tampa Bay Times] "'With Florida apparently being a no-fly zone for Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s team has finally been forced to turn to Rick Scott, the nation’s most unpopular governor, to introduce him this morning,' said Wasserman Schultz. 'But Rick Scott couldn’t be a worse choice to address seniors' concerns about the Romney-Ryan plan, which ends Medicare as we know it and shreds the safety net for seniors. Scott’s company was involved in what at the time was the largest Medicare fraud scheme in the history of the United States.'"

In Boca, Wasserman Schultz and busload of critics slam Romney and Ryan [Palm Beach Post] "The 'Romney Economics: Middle Class Under The Bus' tour rumbled from Miami Gardens to Palm Beach County today and is heading for Tampa with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and others aboard." 

The timeline of Romney's Florida Folly [FDP] 
Romney + Ryan + Scott = Trouble in Florida [FDP] 
GOP ticket faces growing pains as Dems attack [AP] 
Obama camp "welcomes" Romney to Florida [Sun Sentinel] 
Mitt Romney's False Welfare Reform Attack Ads [OFA]
Ryan Medicare plan would impact future retirees [Orlando Sentinel] 
Romney ducks on Medicare differences  [Politico]


#ADVANCEFAIL Host for Romney event is a convicted drug dealer [AP] "Mitt Romney held a campaign event Monday evening at a Miami juice shop owned by a convicted cocaine trafficker." 

Miami New Times reports El Palacio de los Jugos owner has criminal record [Miami Herald] "Miami New Times reported Monday that Mitt Romney made a campaign stop at El Palacios de los Jugos, a popular eatery owned by a man who was convicted 13 years ago of cocaine distribution."


SO EXHAUSTED, HE HITS THE GYM? Romney, After ‘Exhaustion’ Report, Hits the Gym [ABC] "Following reports that he had cancelled a campaign event in Orlando due to exhaustion, Mitt Romney hit the gym this afternoon."

Romney To Skip Orlando, Ryan Heads To Iowa [FLDemocracy2012] "Mitt Romney’s planned visit to Orlando on Monday has been scrapped, a spokesperson for the GOP nominee confirmed Sunday. "


OTHER NEWS WE THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW 

Justice Department to monitor five Florida counties during Tuesday primary [Tampa Bay Times] "Officials with the U.S. Department of Justice will monitor today's primaries in five Florida counties — Collier, Hendry, Lee, Osceola and Polk — to make sure that elections officials there will provide language assistance in Spanish."

Ryan, Buchanan no strangers in Congress [Sarasota Herald Tribune] "Buchanan was also a supporter of Ryan’s proposed budget plans. In April 2011, Buchanan voted for the Ryan plan that would have would cut $5.8 trillion from the federal budget over 10 years and would have overhauled Medicare…Sarasota Democrat Keith Fitzgerald, who is challenging Buchanan for re-election, made it clear on Saturday that he’s going to use Buchanan’s support for the Ryan plan against him. In a press released to the media, Fitzgerald labeled the plan the 'Paul Ryan-Vern Buchanan budget plan' and said it would hurt seniors."