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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.

National Weather Service employees ask Charlie Crist to help stop personnel cuts

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Charlie Crist was already well aware of how unhappy National Weather Service (NWS) employees were about budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration. But the St. Petersburg Democrat learned a whole lot more Monday about the concerns of career agency staffers over personnel reductions — specifically in Alaska. They say such cuts could damage the accuracy in forecasting storms and other major weather events.

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Democrat Margaret Good is running for the HD 72 seat

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Florida Democrats now have a candidate vying for the open House District 72 in the Sarasota area recently vacated by Republican Alex Miller. She’s attorney and community activist Margaret Good, who announced her candidacy over the weekend.

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Andrew Gillum didn’t appreciate Rick Scott’s taking a ‘swipe’ at him last week

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Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum believes Rick Scott did a relatively good job leading Florida through the impact of Hurricane Irma, but he didn’t think much of the Governor’s verbal shot at him last week. “Up until the time when he took a swipe at me, he was doing well,” Gillum said Saturday night at a VIP reception  before the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee Kennedy-King dinner. “I thought that the Governor was doing what a governor should…

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Gwen Graham: Hurricane Irma showed Florida isn’t as prepared as it should be

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham believes Florida should have been better prepared to handle the impact of Hurricane Irma. “The state of Florida was not ready for this storm,” Graham declared Saturday night. The 54-year-old attorney and former Tallahassee-area congresswoman made the comments while delivering the keynote address before a record crowd at the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee’s annual Kennedy-King Dinner in downtown Tampa.

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Rick Kriseman ‘extremely disappointed’ Duke Energy did not meet deadline for power restoration

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Duke Energy did not fulfill its self-imposed midnight Friday deadline to bring power back to its customers in Pinellas County and that has St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman extremely disappointed. “I am extremely disappointed that Duke Energy’s self-imposed midnight deadline will pass without power being restored to all of St. Pete,” Kriseman wrote on Facebook after the deadline passed. “The information provided to me by Duke Energy’s CEO and other executives throughout the week gave me the confidence to be patient,…

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Some Florida gubernatorial candidates return to the campaign trail; some can’t

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Agricultural Commissioner and GOP gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam was scheduled to appear this coming Monday night at a meet and greet event at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, but now he won’t. The Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee announced Friday that the event has been canceled until further notice. Although no reason was given, it’s highly likely that as a Cabinet member, Putnam needs to focus on his day job while the state deals with the aftershocks of Hurricane…

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Penny for Pinellas gets free plug at post-Irma Clearwater presser

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File it under the maxim first uttered by Rahm Emanuel in 2009: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”

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