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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.

Darden Rice backing Gina Driscoll for St. Pete City Council

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Darden Rice has become the third member of the St. Petersburg City Council to endorse Gina Driscoll in the race for the District 6 seat. Joining Karl Nurse and Charlie Gerdes in backing their fellow Democrat, Rice says that Driscoll is a proven leader and consensus builder. “District 6 needs an open-hearted and open-minded leader who listens, and Gina is genuinely committed to making St. Pete an even more inclusive and welcoming place for everyone,” says Rice in a statement. “She is…

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Wilton Simpson latest Republican to back Ardian Zika in HD 37 race

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Florida Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson is the latest Republican to endorse Ardian Zika in the Pasco County-area House District 37 race for 2018.

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12 doctors from USF headed to Puerto Rico to aid relief efforts

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A dozen doctors from the University of South Florida (USF) will do their part to aid Puerto Rico in its time of crisis following Hurricane Maria’s devastating impact on the island twelve days ago.

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FDOT reveals new plans for redesign of Howard Frankland Bridge

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Express lanes, a pedestrian bridge, and the possibility of future light rail are among the updated elements of a redesigned Howard Frankland Bridge, which is scheduled to begin construction in 2020. The changes, announced Monday by officials with the Florida Department of Transportation, are due, in part, to input received over the summer during the Tampa Bay Next Process.

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Newly-minted Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister files for (re)-election

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One business day after Chad Chronister was officially sworn in as the new Hillsborough County Sheriff, he filed his paperwork to run for (re)-election in November of 2018. Chronister was tapped by Gov. Rick Scott to replace David Gee in August. He was the only applicant for the position.

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Grower asks state for edible cannabis rules

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Surterra Wellness, the Atlanta-based company with medical cannabis dispensaries in Tampa and Tallahassee, on Monday asked the state to let it begin offering edible products in Florida. Voters last year overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment legalizing medical cannabis, and lawmakers passed legislation in June to implement the amendment.

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Dozens protest NFL players anthem-kneeling before Bucs vs. Giants game

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Angry at the NFL players who refused to stand during the national anthem, about fifty people protested at a rally Sunday just blocks from Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, where the New York Giants faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers . “My attitude is, if my flag offends you, then I’ll help you pack,” said Jim Heckman. “You need to leave America if you can’t stand the flag.”

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