Rick Scott wants to bleed state govt., but will his fellow Republicans let him? Brian Blair makes things worse, and big Tampa mayoral debate: Mitch Perry Report 2.8.11

Rick Scott had his biggest day since being inaugurated as the Governor of Florida on Monday, unveiling his budget in Eustis, and alienating a whole lotta folks - some of them Republicans, as you can learn from our post this morning.

Tonight's a big night in the race for mayor in Tampa; What may be the only televised debate of the season takes place, and we can't wait to check it out.

We also hope you will check out our story in the current issue on the District 5 race for City Council in Tampa.

And Brian Blair is back in the news.  The former Hillsborough County Commissioner, who rumor has it wants to try one more time to get back in politics, tries to spin his way out of the campaign election fine he's just paid.

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