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Scott Appoints Fine, North, Burke, Gibbons to St. Pete College Board

Gov. Rick Scott appointed Robert J. Fine Jr. and Timothy O. North to the district board of trustees, St. Petersburg College, and reappointed Kenneth P. Burke and Deveron M. Gibbons.

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

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Colorado Moves Into Early Primary Date Discussions

Another player has stepped into the debate as Florida eyes placing itself among the first primaries of the 2012 presidential selection process.

Colorado Republicans have decided they want a greater voice in the GOP contest by moving the states primary from March 6 to Feb. 7.

Unlike the anticipated consequences of Florida moving up its primary, Colorados isnt expected to violate RNC rules as the event is considered nonbinding in the states pledge of delegates.

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Perry's Florida Co-Chair Says Straw Poll Makes Cain Strong VP Option

John Stemberger, a co-chair of Texas Gov. Rick Perrys Florida campaign team, said the message of Saturdays P5 straw poll is that surprise winner Herman Cain has moved up the ladder of GOP vice presidential candidates.

I think the one thing this definitely says is if (U.S. Sen. Marco) Rubio doesnt want it, Herman Cain is going to be a high second choice for a VP candidate, Stemberger said after the straw poll was held in the Orange County Convention Center.

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Video: Scenes from Lobby Following Cain's P5 Victory

The scene in the main lobby of the Orange County Convention Center following businessman Herman Cain's victory in the RPOF's P5 Event.

The Republican Party of Floridas Presidency 5 event at the Orange County Convention Center had 2,657 delegates cast votes in the partys straw poll.

The results:

1.Herman Cain, 986, 37.1 percent.

2.Rick Perry, 410, 15.4 percent.

3.Mitt Romney, 372, 14 percent.

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Cain Draws Interest from College Republicans at P5

Businessman Herman Cain is attracting interest from college Republicans attending the P5 event in Orlando.

However, GOP students continue to watch for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for a possible entry into the presidential race.

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Stigma of 2000 Vote Remains Alive for Palm Beach County at P5

As voting directions were given to delegates at the P5 straw poll Saturday in Orlando, a special comment was made for the Palm Beach delegation --asking if they, more than anyone else, understood the directions. The focus on Palm Beach County drew immediate laughter from many of the other 3,500 delegates throughout the Orange County Convention Center hall.

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Michael Williams Defends Rick Perry's Immigration Record

Gov. Rick Perry is opposed to amnesty for illegal immigrants and no illegal immigrant in Texas has received a handout for a free college education, said Michael Williams, former chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas, campaigning at the P5 event in Orlando as surrogate for Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Delegates at the conference had expressed concerns about Perry after former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said Thursday during the Fox News/Google debate that Perry supported a school program that would only encourage undocumented immigrants to enter the country illegally.

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Jean Jordan Remains Critical of Crist for No '08 Straw Poll

Carole Jean Jordan, the former Republican Party of Florida chair under former Gov. Jeb Bush, was blunt against former Gov. Charlie Crist and another former RPOF chairman, Jim Greer, in her support for todays P5 straw vote.

For the party, I think its a tremendous success, said Jean Jordan, now the tax collector for Indian River County.

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Florida Joins Lawsuit Against EPA's Pending Emissions Rule

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that her office joined a lawsuit Friday with Nebraska and five other states to challenge a federal air pollution rule she said could cost residents and utility companies millions of dollars.

Once again the EPA has imposed costly regulations on Florida based on a flawed process and without first working cooperatively with our state, Bondi said. "We will continue to protect Florida consumers and businesses from unnecessary and costly federal regulation.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Jennifer Carroll Wants Intelligent, Charismatic GOP Pres. Candidate

Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll didnt endorse anyone on the RPOFs Presidency 5 straw poll ballot, but she described her vision of the ideal candidate for delegates gathering Saturday morning at the Orange County Convention Center.

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