Mitch Perry Report 6.5.12 - Wisconsin showdown time

Plus: Light rail for Pinellas?

We haven't written any posts leading into tonight's recall election showdown in Wisconsin, because, well, it's in Wisconsin. But some political pundits say that those of us around the country should really care about this race, since it's in effect a referendum on public sector unions, and perhaps unions overall.

Well, what can one say about that? especially in a right-to-work state like Florida, where unions make up a chunk of organizing power for Democrats in the southern part of the state, and really nowhere else. Nationally conservatives are excited, as polls show that Governor Scott Walker is leading heading into today's vote. More importantly, some analysts say that Wisconsin could become a battleground state this November, which wasn't in Team Obama's original scenario of how the general election would play out. It should be noted that Walker has raised more than seven times the money that his Democratic opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has.

Closer to home, we've got some transportation news for you this morning.

Pinellas County Commissioners may put a referendum on the ballot next year to begin construction for a light rail system. We know the Tea Party's against that proposal, but did you know noted transit advocate Ed Turanchik is as well?

A bill passed earlier this year in Tallahassee calls for the transit agencies in both Hillsborough and Pinellas County to spend $50,000 a piece to TBARTA to study whether merging the agencies would be a winner. HART says they'll do so, but they don't intend to to pay TBARTA.

And were less than 90 days away from the Republican National Convention, but the owners of several local businesses included in a directory sent to all GOP delegates to the convention are still complaining that they're not getting any satisfaction.

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