Ferlita provides more details for her campaign to become Tampa's next mayor; Iorio urges successor to continue to think big, and will Legislature push back presidential primary in '12? Mitch Perry Report 3.10.11

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Good morning to everyone on this wet Thursday, as the rains are making a big impact up and down the Atlantic Coast today.

So, remember high-speed rail in Florida? Even though it's really dead, every other day there's seemingly some story that keeps it going in the public discourse.  The latest is the ridership study revealed yesterday — which Governor Scott had no use for — that says the route would have made $63 million in ticket sales in its first year of operations in 2015-2016, equating to a $10 million surplus.

The Tampa mayoral runoff gets more intense by the day, and we've got 12 more days until it's over. Yesterday Rose Ferlita produced a big booklet of proposals, her answer to critics who say she hasn't properly informed the voters of her plans if she takes over City Hall.  Meanwhile, not surprisingly, Bob Buckhorn didn't think much of them.  These developments occurred the same day the woman currently in the job, Pam Iorio, held her swan-song State of the City address.

We want to introduce you to a new blogger here at CL's Daily Loaf section.  He's Kenneth Quinnell, a longtime blogger up in Tallahassee, who will be providing reports now that the Legislature is in session.  Check out his post today on the intrigue surrounding House Democrats' choice of a new leader.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney goes to Tally today to hang with Rick Scott, while House Speaker Dean Cannon says the Legislature might — underline might — think about pushing back its January scheduled presidential primary next year, as the RNC threatens them — sort of — if they don't.

And remember when former Florida Governor Charlie Crist mollified critics of Florida's lengthy process of restoring the rights back to ex-felons in Florida?  If you thought that was a good thing, you won't be pleased to hear that the Florida Cabinet is set to go back to the way things were pre-2007.  It's worth taking a look at how the system actually works for ex-felons, as former CL columnist Wayne Garcia wrote about nearly five years ago.

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