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Poll: Offshore drilling okay, Obama's response adequate

Compiled from InsiderAdvantage and Southern Political Report staff

May 13, 2010

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill hasn't stained President Barack Obama nor dimmed the public's desire for offshore energy drilling, according to a new Associated Press-GfK Poll. The poll also found that the public still supports the idea of drilling offshore for oil and gas. By 50 percent to 38 percent, more people favor increased coastal drilling for oil and gas than oppose it.  

-- After trying and failing - twice - to entice the Republican National Convention to this Gulf Coast city, a group of community leaders and GOP insiders finally succeeded. A Republican National Committee panel recommended Tampa as the site of the 2012 convention during a closed-door meeting Wednesday, rejecting Salt Lake City and Phoenix. The decision came amid calls from Hispanic groups and others to boycott Arizona after it adopted a law to crack down on illegal immigrants - although Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele insisted the uproar played no part in the convention choice.  

-- The amount spent on lobbyists grew in every Texas legislative session for a decade until the national recession stemmed the spending for the 2009 Legislature, according to a report released Monday by Texans for Public Justice.The campaign finance group found lobby spending was down to $344 million in 2009 from a high of $348 million in 2007. Even with the decrease, that was more money spent on lobbyists than in any other legislative session of the past decade. 

-- A mysterious ad that accuses a candidate for governor in Alabama of supporting the theory of evolution and questioning the Bible has triggered a dizzying and nasty shouting match in the state's hotly contested Republican primary race.

-- North Carolina's leading property and liability insurers are taking their case to the public to impede an effort in the Legislature to change how monetary awards are determined when somebody gets hit by a car while crossing the street or slips on an icy sidewalk.       


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