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I attended my local Democratic Party meeting Saturday. U.S. House (FL-05) candidate Jim Piccillo was there to discuss his campaign. President Obama’s approval rating is only 19% in the district and Speaker Pelosi’s only 9%, but Jim is unopposed in next Tuesday’s state primary. Meanwhile the Tea Party and Republican candidates have exhausted each others’ campaign chests and alienated each others’ supporters. Jim can win this seat if we turn out Democratic voters in November.

And Democrat Alex Sink leads early polling for governor against either of the two Tea Party Republican candidates, Bill McCollum and Rick Scott, and independent Lawton “Bud” Chiles. While the governor is always a key race, its importance is heightened this year by a Tea Party Republican-dominated legislature proposing deep cuts to public schools – this year’s Senate Bill 6, vetoed by Governor Charlie Crist, will return next year as Senate Bill 2 – and draconian anti-abortion measures.