So here in Florida in State House District 52, it looks like Jeff Brandes got a challenger in Bill Nobles. From Pinski Politics:
Nobles, 36, has been a Floridian most of his life. Born and raised in Pensacola, Bill Nobles has lived in St. Petersburg for roughly seven years. He is a graduate of St. Pete College and USF; Nobles also has a Master of Science in Finance from Boston College. He is currently employed at AEGON in St. Petersburg.
According to a biographical document provided to Pinski Politics, Nobles is married with three children, one of which was lost due to a lung defect. His wife, Erin, earned her JD from the Suffolk University College of Law, and works in the Office of the Attorney General, enforcing child support orders. Bill Nobles’ memberships include: St. Petersburg Bicycle Club, USA Triathlon, March of Dimes, Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association, CFA Tampa Bay and First United Methodist Church in Downtown St. Petersburg.
I would say Mr. Nobles has a lot of potential to put me exactly in my place! Is he Jeff Brandes's Jeff Brandes, as I sort of hope for in that post? Not sure. I don't know Mr. Nobles, but he sure looks smart and hard-working.
I know we're all going to be keeping a watchful eye on District 52 -- and on Bill Nobles. Will Jeff Brandes?
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For whatever it's worth to you, I do not think Sarah Palin is ultimately going to run for president. Lord help me, I agree with Alex Castellanos:
Palin knows that if she were to run for president, she would be surrounded at every turn by the media — a journalistic pack that she would believe was out to stop her. She doubts that would be helpful to getting her message out. What she may be trying to determine on this bus tour is whether she can keep reporters enough at bay to interact with people. So far, the jury is out.
Alex Castellanos, a GOP strategist, said Palin may have already decided that, while her goal is to defeat Obama, she is not the candidate to do it. Instead, she is choosing a role between “everything and nothing,” a role as an energizer. Her challenge, he said, is not whether to run but whether to lead. She is now the embodiment of Republican grievances.
It's a little bit like the Huckabee thing: the lead-up to the run (the fawning, the recruiting, the speculation) is all a lot more fun than the actual run. And the money in TV and that sort of thing is a lot nicer than living out of a bus for a year and a half in Iowa, South Carolina, New Hampshire and probably Florida.
Everyone will be profoundly disappointed when she announces that she won't run. But just because she's not running doesn't mean she's going away. You ain't seen the last of Sarah yet.
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The Supreme Court gave John Ashcroft a pass.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out damage claims against former Attorney General John Ashcroft over an American Muslim's arrest, but four justices said the case raises serious questions about post-9/11 detentions under a federal law intended to make sure witnesses testify.
Yes, "serious questions," sure. Let's all be very, very serious.
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What the hell did Congressman Anthony Weiner do? Something with Twitter?
A naked photo? I don't get it. I mean, really. I read the TPM thing there... and... I'm still lost. Sorry. Don't get it.
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