If they’re not willing to say that — that’s their prerogative — but clearly they’re not Mitt Romney delegates.A national Republican Party leader • Discussing an issue with Republican delegates in Massachusetts — sixteen Ron Paul backers who defeated Mitt Romney’s picks — who were disqualified after failing to file affidavits pledging their support to Romney. The delegates say the affidavits were a ploy, and they were received the forms less than a week before the set deadline. Republican leaders are reportedly concerned that the Paul-supporting delegates may cause trouble at the Tampa convention next month. Paul has officially stopped campaigning, but his supporters hope to make their presence known at the convention.
» Trying to learn from St. Paul: In 2008, the Republican National Convention was held in St. Paul, Minn., where protesters often got violent and police confrontations were common. No one was seriously injured, but many were arrested (including journalists). Because St. Paul was one of the smallest cities to host a national political convention, its security and enforcement was slightly unprepared. Tampa is taking no chances this year. ”We’ve extensively studied St. Paul,” said Tampa City Attorney Jim Shimberg. “We’ve had meetings with folks in St. Paul, to find out what went well and what went wrong.”
A 17-year-old student has been arrested on charges he plotted to set off explosives at Freedom High School.
Jared Michael Cano has been charged with threatening to throw, project, place or discharge a destructive device. Cano also faces additional charges of possession of bomb-making materials, cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
Tampa police say they found a diary with minute-by-minute plans to carry out the plot, including a reference that he wanted to exceed the casualty count of the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado.
Charming kid: According to his Facebook page, he likes “getting paid” and “smoking weed,” and he claimed he went to the ”University of Marijuana.”