Florida leaders react to Obama speech on oil spill, Tampa City Council calls for local leaders to study business opportunites in Cuba, and new Glenn Beck bio reflects on Tampa radio:Mitch Perry Report 5.28.10

Pinellas GOP Congressman Bill Young's ethics case with PMA Consulting is getting a second look, and his Democratic opponent, Charlie Justice, is seizing on the information.

We don't have anything too original to say about Barack Obama's news conference or the attendant media discussion of it vis a vis the Gulf oil spill.  Joe Klein of Time magazine has a good essay and all of those who are to blame, and does include the President in his last paragraph (Actually we'll address it in our podcast that you can access below).

For a conservative who makes a big pretense of being fair minded, I'd argue that the Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan has lost it on President Obama, and I wouldn't trust anything she'll write about him for the rest of his first term.  She calls his reaction to the spill his third disaster since being in office, and includes health care and immigration(?) as his other two fumbles.

You can also read Kathy Castor and Bill McCollum's reaction to his presser yesterday;

For a few years, some folks in Tampa have been pressing to try to get direct flights from Tampa to Havana, Cuba.  They also think Tampa is behind the curve in establishing business relations with the Communist island, and the issue got a little more substantive at yesterday's city council meeting;

And did you hear that the House of Representatives last night repealed the controversial 17 year old "don't ask, don't tell," policy on gays in the military last night?  Miami Democrat Kendrick Meek has advocated for that position for years, which is why he was a bit bent last night when the Senate opponent who seems to be usurping some of his support in the polls,  Governor Charlie Crist, flip-flopped on the issue within a matter of three days.

And last but definitely not least this morning, please read our "preview" if you will, of a very provocative biography of conservative media star Glenn Beck that was just published this week, that was written in Tampa over the past year.


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