“Unlike the Tampa convention, where events so far have been private, invitation-only affairs, the Democrats are encouraging participation by as many members of the public as possible. Hundreds of local students attended a ‘Kids Convention,’ for instance, and 2,000 people showed up for a year-out party,” the Tampa Bay Times writes. “The GOP host committee's opening party, expected to be at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, will be private, while Democrats are kicking things off with a public Labor Day family fun festival at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Likewise, the public is invited to the final night of the convention to see Obama at the 74,000-seat Bank of America Stadium.”
FLORIDA: FreedomWorks is endorsing Connie Mack (R).
MAINE: “Angus King is running for the Senate on a campaign pledge to tell voters how he will vote right after they elect him in November,” USA Today’s Davis writes. The independent candidate, a popular former governor, is the front-runner in the open race for the seat held by retiring GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe. He is running a campaign on a platform of changing Congress and resisting partisanship, which is complicated by the fact that senators must align with a party to receive committee assignments and determine control of the chamber. King won't say before Election Day whether he will align himself with Republicans or Democrats if he wins. ‘I don't answer that question because I don't know,’ King told USA TODAY in an interview.”
A new poll has King up 50-23% over Secretary of State Charlie Summers (R). State Sen. Cynthia Dill (D) gets 9%.
NEVADA: Dean Heller’s up with his first ad. And again… it’s anti-Washington and anti-Congress. He says if Congress doesn’t pass a budget, members shouldn’t get paid.