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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

Forget reports of computer hacks, elections supervisor assures Hillsborough commissioners

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Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer says there’s been a lot of fake news about the hacking of voting machines, so he wants to set the record straight.

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Dennis Ross ‘sick of excuses’ for ACA repeal and replace failure

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A day after an attempt by Senate Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act crashed and burned, Lakeland GOP Congressman Dennis Ross blasted members of his own party, saying he’s “sick of the excuses.” “The Senate has failed the American people and abandoned voters who were promised that they would repeal and replace the disastrous Obamacare. The House did its job. We honored our pledge and passed legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare in early May. There is no need to…

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On second thought: Hillsborough Commission opts to remove Confederate monument

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Four weeks after the Hillsborough County Commission voted to keep a controversial Confederate monument outside the courthouse annex, commissioners have changed their minds. In a 4-2 vote Wednesday, “Memoria In Aeterna” will now likely be relocated to the Brandon Family Cemetery. Earlier in the day, county officials said the owner of that facility came forward with an offer to house it. The Confederate monument has stood outside of the Hillsborough County Courthouse for more than a century. Commissioner Sandy Murman…

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St. Pete giving free tickets to screening of Al Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Truth’ sequel

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, City Council Chair Darden Rice and Sustainability & Resiliency Manager Sharon Wright are distributing a limited number of free tickets to a screening of the upcoming film, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power.” The film, which screens Thursday evening, is a sequel to the 2006 Academy Award-winning documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.” The film again features former Vice-President Al Gore discussing the dangers that climate change presents for the world today and in the coming years and decades.

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Candidates spar again at St. Pete mayoral forum

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What distinguished the fourth forum for candidates in the race for St. Petersburg Mayor was the first appearance of Paul Congemi. In that one-hour City Hall debate, hosted Tuesday evening by the League of Women Voters, the perennial gadfly managed to insult nearly every other candidate on the ballot, as well as their supporters. The room itself was the smallest venue to date for what has, in the course of the past month, become the most entertaining drama in town. Nevertheless,…

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Critics of Confederate monument: ‘Move the damn statue’

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Less than 24 hours before a vote to remove a controversial Confederate monument, a coalition of Tampa political leaders and activists is asking one member of the Hillsborough County Commission who voted last month to maintain the monument to change their mind. “The bottom line to those three remaining commissioners … I just got one message for you,” Tampa City Councilman Frank Roddick said at a press conference in front of the monument on Tuesday afternoon. “Vote to move the damn statue.”

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Kathy Castor says now is the time for GOP and Democrats to come together and repair healthcare

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U.S. Representative Kathy Castor is breathing a sigh of relief now that the GOP-Senate led repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act has blown up in spectacular fashion. On Monday night two Senate Republicans – Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah, came out in opposition to the bill, leaving Republican leaders at least two votes short of those needed to start debate on the measure. That prompted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to declare that he hoped…

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