Victor Crist called out in Times investigative story on 'Taj Mahal' court building; new anti-transit ad targets Mark Sharpe; Charlie Rangel now an issue in Florida Dem Senate campaign: Mitch Perry Report 8.9.10

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All readers should check out St. Pete Times investigative reporter Lucy Morgan's story today about the 1st District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee, which is building a "Taj Mahal"-like $48 million court that will open this fall. That's happening at the same time that courts throughout the state are laying off staff left and right. Pretty outrageous,  and according to Morgan, Tampa Republican state Senator Victor Crist attached an amendment to a bill that allowed the court to float a $33.5 million bond issue. Absolute must reading.

This morning in Tampa, an anti-tax group (Ax The Tax) will hold a news conference in which they will elaborate on their new ad campaign against the transit referendum, and also for the next couple of weeks, specifically go after Commissioner Mark Sharpe, up for re-election, for his support of the tax.

As the Florida Senate heats up for its climactic two-week run, Jeff Greene is interjecting Charlie Rangel into the mix, calling for his opponent, Kendrick Meek, to give back the campaign contribution he received from Rangel. Meanwhile, Tampa Democrat Kathy Castor, on the ethics committee that has charged Rangel with 13 different violations, defends the process.

And same-sex marriage was a major topic of discussion yesterday on the Sunday morning programs. Of particular interest was watching Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace do his best to challenge attorney Ted Olson, who has stunned conservatives in the past year-and-a-half with his passionate legal defense of same-sex marriage in California.

(Podcast will hopefully be up shortly).

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