David Armijo not going away quietly in the wake of his ouster at HART; Rick Scott's refusing to sue Transocean alienates some Florida Democrats, and Mel Martinez joins Barack Obama at the White House to talk immigration policy: Mitch Perry Report 4.20.11

Good morning everybody.  We're happy to be back in our regular place after taking off for a long weekend to Southern California, where we attended perhaps the music festival in the U.S. - well, at least if you're an indie rock fan - that being the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, just a few miles east in Palm Springs.  We're still recovering, but are trying to get back to speed as quickly as we can (and hopefully can write about the festival in the coming days).

First off, we were in the air Monday night when the HART executive board terminated CEO David Armijo's contract, after he'd been on paid suspension for four weeks as the board reviewed allegations of inappropriate actions by their now former leader. CL spoke with Armijo yesterday, and as you can imagine, he's not a happy camper.

Today is the one-year anniversary of the BP/Deepwater Horizon/Anaconda oil spill that was one of the biggest stories of 2010, and it's a story that still continues.  State and federal office holders such as Rick Kriseman and Kathy Castor were none too happy yesterday to learn that Governor Rick Scott & Attorney General Pam Bondi opted yesterday not to join Louisiana in suing Transocean, the owner of the BP oil rig that blew up last year.

And former Florida Republican U.S. Senator Mel Martinez was in the news - sort of - yesterday, where he visited President Obama to talk about crafting immigration policy. But based on the pushback that Martinez received when he tried to craft comprehensive immigration reform some four years ago, we're not exactly certain what type of input he could give the President, frankly.


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