Mitt Romney won a sizable victory in Tuesday’s Florida primary, capturing 46.4 percent of the vote to Newt Gingrich’s 31.9 percent. In all, Romney got 240,548 more votes than the ex-House Speaker.
“The size and breadth of Romney’s win provide the first real evidence that he has the potential to coalesce a party that has been deeply split …” wrote Karen Tumulty in an analysis for The Washington Post.
Salon Editor Joan Walsh probably speaks for a lot of formerly apathetic progressives when she writes that the increasingly absurd and over-the-top attacks on President Obama are energizing his base. “I don’t agree with every move the president has made … (but) I get more pro-Obama with each vicious anti-Obama attack,” Walsh writes.
Homeland Security personnel detained and deported two Irish tourists last week after one of them tweeted he was coming to the United States to “destroy America” and to “dig up the grave of Marilyn Monroe.” Leigh Van Bryan, 26, tried to explain that “destroy” meant he planned to party hard while here, and that the Monroe reference was a quote from an episode of Family Guy.Daily Mail.
Some lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates are protesting new Canadian air travel regulations that they feel exclude transgender passengers from flights. The rules state “an air carrier shall not transport a passenger if…the passenger does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification he or she presents." (RuPaul had better not be planning any trips to Montreal anytime soon.)
Encouraged by Obama’s remarks in his State of the Union address, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and others will introduce legislation this week to codify B-Rock’s principle that the super-rich should pay at least the tax rate of middle-class workers. It’s known as ‘the Buffet Rule bill” because billionaire investor Warren Buffett has complained that he pays a lower percentage of his income in taxes than his secretary does.
In a speech at the Middle East and North Africa energy conference in London Jan. 30, Saudi Arabia’s Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi hailed energy efficiency and solar as important investments, called global warming “real” and “pressing,” and explained that drilling for oil “does not create many jobs.” As Stephen Lacey of Think Progress notes, if the producer of 12 percent of the world’s oil understands these facts, why can’t Republican politicians in the United States grasp them?
In late-breaking news, Don Cornelius, the creator and longtime host of Soul Train, was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home early today by police from an apparent suicide. He was 75.
Locally, some construction resumed this morning on the Horseshoe Casino, located on downtown’s eastern edge at Broadway Commons. The project was temporarily halted after 13 workers were injured Friday when a concrete floor collapsed.
Speaking of the casino accident, a bus driver who hit a WCPO-TV (Channel 9) news van at a press conference last week about the mishap has been cited by police. Joann Searles was cited for improper change of course.
U.S Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Miami Township) has exactly one donor so far for her legal expense fund. Schmidt created the fund last year after a House Ethics Committee found she violated rules by accepting free legal assistance. Schmidt wasn’t cited, but she’s been ordered to repay about $500,000 to the Turkish American Coalition.