Mitch Perry Report 9.24.12-Big time college football is back in Florida

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The state of Florida has always been a hotbed of of outstanding high school football players, one reason why USF's nascent football program has soared to such heights in a relatively short time.

But when you think about college football in Florida, you think of the big three: Florida, Florida State and Miami.

While the Hurricanes are by no means all the way back to their former glory, they are 3-1 and ranked 25th in the nation in some polls.

But how 'bout them Gators and 'Noles? Florida State is 4th (or 5th) in some polls, Florida 10th. Both are undefeated in the still young season, and the FSU's victory Saturday night over Clemson was perhaps an indication that this program that was hyped as back last season, truly is now among the powers on the college scene. Next up for the 'Noles is a very rare game in Tampa this coming Saturday night against USF.

Back to politics: On Saturday night the Hillsborough County Democratic Party had their annual Kennedy-King dinner, which attracted more than 400 people to come to the Tampa Convention Center. Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker was the headliner, and did not disappoint. Earlier in the evening some of the potential Democratic nominees for governor in 2014 also were part of the festivities.

While we understand why Barack Obama doesn't intend to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu nor Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi, we did find it humorous watching Obama surrogate Robert Gibbs have to explain why the president will blow those Middle East leaders off but will have time to appear on The View, the highlight of Sunday morning television yesterday was an appearance by Bill Clinton on Face The Nation.

And Tampa City Councilwoman Mary Mulhern announced on Saturday that she will run for the Hillsborough County Commission District 7 seat in 2014.

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