A couple of Tampa mayoral candidates sound off on Dick Greco, Adam Putnam's Food Safety bill to be voted on in Senate, and will GOP thwart START? Mitch Perry Report 11.29.10

Happy post-Thanksgiving holiday weekend to you all.  Hope it was positive for all of you out there on this Cyber Monday (in which people have money apparently to buy lots of stuff during the recession, but still aren't ready to spend money on the Tampa Bay Bucs).

The big news locally is the anticipation that Dick Greco will announce his candidacy for mayor of Tampa this evening.  Over the weekend, we connected with a couple of other mayoral candidates, who aren't that impressed by tonight's grand announcement.

Tonight in Washington D.C., the U.S. Senate may vote on a very important Food Safety bill, which is considered not as strong as a bill that Polk County Republican (and now Agriculture Secretary-elect) Adam Putnam was a strong supporter in the House.

As the Senate and House return for their lame-duck session today, Republican Senator Jon Kyl is still standing in the way of the Obama administration trying to get a foreign policy victory on the START Treaty.  Based on Kyl's comments yesterday, we think it'd be a miracle if the issue comes up for a vote within the next few weeks, and would be even more surprising if it got the 67 votes needed for passage.

And though we enjoyed lots of football and several movies this past weekend, we were keenly tuned into what happened last night on Broadway, as Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark held its first preview before a paying audience.  It was a bit rocky.

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