St. Pete Police lose another officer; Hillsborough Democrats unveil strategy which they hope will lead to success; and supporters and critics of high-speed rail shout down each other in downtown Tampa: Mitch Perry Report 2.22.11

As we write this (a little before 9 a.m.) the St. Petersburg Police Department is engaged in a massive search for the killer of a St. Petersburg Police officer last night.  If you live in St. Pete you don't need to read this to realize what's happening down there this morning — we'll update our post when more information is forthcoming.

Although it still looks as if nothing will be able to persuade Rick Scott to grant any part of state government to accept the $2.4 billion in funds for a Tampa-to-Orlando high speed rail route, a lot of folks are working hard to present something to him in the next 24-48 hours.  Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and her staff are particularly hard at work.  Their news was followed a few hours later yesterday by a noisy demonstration of pro and anti rail folks — over 200 — in downtown Tampa.

A news conference will take place in Tallahassee today discussing legislation that will bring more awareness to head injuries in high school athletics in Florida.

And the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Chairman, 26-year-old Christopher Mitchell, unveiled his new strategy of trying to revive the struggling party's fortunes last night in Ybor City.

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