Rick Scott to finally divest shares from Solantic; Kathy Castor begins Democrats' assault on Paul Ryan's Medicare plan, and the leading contender to face President Obama next year takes first step toward that goal: Mitch Perry Report 4.12.11

Florida Governor Rick Scott has acted pretty darned arrogantly over his first 100 days in office, so it's interesting to note that after appearing to be tone deaf to charges of a potential conflict of interest with his wife continuing to own shares of his urgent care company called Solantic, he now says he's going to divest all his family shares.  Oh, did somebody say an ethics complaint has been made against him on this issue?

Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan unveiled his House Republican budget plan for fiscal year 2012 last week, spurring President Obama to follow with his own plan announcement, scheduled for tomorrow.  But Ryan's plan includes dismantling Medicare as we know it, always a dicey thing to propose, and the Democrats are ready to pounce on him for it, with Tampa area Congresswoman Kathy Castor leading the way today.

And though he hardly seems to turn anybody on, the fact is is that Mitt Romney is the leading Republican nominee for president.  He took the first steps toward becoming the nominee yesterday by announcing he's forming an exploratory committee, meaning he's going for it (not that we didn't expect that).

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