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The week where Gov. Rick Scott made a big ass out of himself to the Big Apple, Democrats bit back at Mitt Romney's perpetual gas leak and Sanford considered arresting the media for doing its job. Message control!

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“Whatever the drilling policy is right now is not going to lower prices,” Randolph said. “The most immediate solution is stopping the speculation.”Or maybe, stopping Romney.

Oh, hey, and lest we forget the awesomeness of Sanford government and law enforcement (see this week's cover story for the full immersion into idiocy), for a minute there it looked like Sanford had outdone even itself. On March 28, the little burg of controversy sent out a short press release saying that the media was getting a little too nosy. How nosy? Well nosy enough that “law enforcement officials will not hesitate to make an arrest for stalking” when reporters try to discuss the Martin-Zimmerman debacle with city staff after hours and off property. Naturally, a hilarious firestorm of irony followed, with media types wondering why it was so easy for Sanford police to arrest unarmed reporters and not somebody with a gun who killed a minor. Irony does not work in Sanford.

Anyway, by Friday Sanford reeled it back, according to the Miami Herald, with a statement saying the city “regrets any inconvenience caused by the improvident wording of the Advisory.” Welcome to Sanford: land of regrets and inconveniences. Here's hoping New York wasn't paying attention.

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