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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.

Builders and contractors group gets behind Justin Bean’s City Council bid

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Considering that he’s one of the very few registered Republicans running in the St. Petersburg District 6 race, it’s perhaps not that surprising that Justin Bean has received an endorsement from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter (ABC). ABC has a successful record of backing many Republicans in local races over the years.

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Kathleen Shanahan appointed by HART to new transit board, but not without controversy

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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) voted to appoint Kathleen Shanahan as its representative on the newly reconstructed TBARTA (the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority) board on Monday, but only after debating whether it was better to appoint an elected official or a member of the general public. Shanahan is a private businesswoman who for decades has been a major player in Republican circles in Florida and Washington D.C. Originally nominated by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn to serve on…

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Throughout Tampa Bay, Venezuelan nationals turn out in large numbers for straw poll

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Thousands of Venezuelan nationals living in the Tampa Bay region waited in long lines Sunday to participate in a non-binding vote directed against the government led by President Nicholas Maduro. “I don’t think words can explain – you just stand here and look around,” said Spring Hill resident Stephanie Labrecque, referring to the large line of people waiting to vote in the parking lot at Are Pitas restaurant on University Square drive just north of Fowler Avenue.

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In Tampa, gun control advocates protest controversial NRA ad

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An advertisement for the National Rifle Association that features a spokeswoman calling on the group’s supporters to strike back against protests by the left “with the clenched fist of truth” was the driving motivation for gun-control advocates to protest in downtown Tampa Sunday morning. Approximately 85 people assembled for the rally organized by Moms Demand Action. Activists met at Curtis Hixon Park at 11 a.m., and then marched to the federal courthouse to speak up for what they call sensible gun…

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‘Pragmatic’ civil engineer Randy Cooper vies for HD 71 seat

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Randy Cooper likes to think of himself as a pragmatist. The 60-year-old Democrat is one of three candidates running to succeed Republican Jim Boyd in Florida House District 71, which encompasses much of Manatee County and a bit of North Sarasota County. He says his political philosophy could be labeled “practical and pragmatic,” and says the main impetus compelling him to run for office is his belief that the Legislature is not listening to the voters. “If public schools aren’t doing…

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St. Pete College drops sponsorship of mayoral debate after Tampa Bay Times restricts audience

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The decision to change the format of an upcoming mayoral debate has led to the departure of one of the original sponsors of the event.

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Tampa Bay lawmakers admit criminal justice reform was a bust in Legislature this year

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Over the past decade, deep Red states like Texas, Oklahoma and Georgia have enacted serious criminal justice reforms. Florida? Not so much. That was going to change in 2017, several state lawmakers predicted earlier this year. Except it didn’t. “We walked into this session very high on idealism, thinking that we could accomplish quite a bit, that the climate was right for this,” said St. Petersburg Democratic state Senator Darryl Rouson, while speaking to the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St.…

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