Mitch Perry Report 11.29.11

We're back in the groove after shaking off the cobwebs yesterday of the four-day national holiday.

Tampa is the epicenter of the race for the Republican nomination for president, and not just because it will host the party's four day convention late next summer. As the western edge of the crucial I-4 corridor, the Bay area will see the candidates next year (including President Obama) making frequent appearances, and the man who the "smart money" has insisted will be the GOP nominee, Mitt Romney, will be in Tampa this afternoon, appearing at two different sites.

Speaking of the convention, we have an unconfirmed report that Fox News hopes to rent out the Tampa Bay History Center for two weeks next August. The museum is located right next to the St. Pete Times Forum, the home of the 2012 RNC.

Disgruntled USF-St. Pete students and their supporters braved the rain yesterday afternoon to protest 15 percent tuition hikes at their campus.

And one of the most productive (and at times, controversial) Democratic members of Congress over the past three decades, Massachusetts' Barney Frank, called it quits yesterday.