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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.

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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Frontier Airlines adds 11 new destinations out of Tampa Intl. Airport

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Frontier Airlines, one of the country’s preeminent low-cost airlines, announced a major expansion of service on Tuesday, including service to 11 cities from Tampa International Airport. “We’re going to have something set up now where over 90 percent of America will be within one hour of a Frontier flight to anywhere else in the U.S.,” said Howard Diamond, general counsel for Frontier Airlines, at a press conference held at TIA. “And the important point is we picked Tampa where we’re adding…

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Florida Democrats slam Adam Putnam for Facebook comment about anti-NRA protest in Tampa

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The Florida Democratic Party is taking Adam Putnam to task a day after the Agricultural Commissioner and gubernatorial nominee mocked an anti-National Rifle Association protest held in Tampa. “Classic progressive move,” Putnam wrote on his Facebook page on Monday. “Desperate attempt to limit our 2nd Amendment rights.” Listed below his comment was a link to a story that Florida Politics reported about Sunday, when more than 80 citizens marched in downtown Tampa against a provocative NRA television ad featuring conservative…

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Samara Sodos returns to region as spokesperson for Port Tampa Bay

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Samara Sodos, a former news reporter at WFLA News Channel 8 for more than a decade, has returned to the community to become the new spokesperson for Port Tampa Bay.

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District 6 candidates discuss housing and homelessness during LWV debate

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Affordable housing has become one of the hottest issues in St. Petersburg politics as was evidenced Monday night when the topic was front and center during a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters. At Monday night’s forum, all eight candidates running in the District 6 race spoke out on the issue, as well as homelessness, economic development, the Pier, campaign finance, sustainability and other traditional fare heard at every council debate to date.

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Report: Florida’s imprisonment rate is 23 percent higher than the national average

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The national crime rate in the U.S. has been steadily declining since for two decades and is currently at its lowest rate since 1968. Likewise, Florida’s crime rate has dropped over the past few decades, but it is still 15 percent higher than the national average. And its imprisonment rate is 23 percent higher than the national average.

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