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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.

Tampa Bay Times still mum on distribution of tickets to mayoral debate

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More than 24 hours after tickets for an upcoming mayoral debate were to be distributed to the public, sponsors of the event say are still unsure about how they plan to fill the seats at the one-hour forum. The debate is scheduled for July 25 at the Palladium in downtown St. Petersburg. It will air live on Bay News 9, making it possibly the most important night so far of the campaign. “We’re discussing our plans with our partners to…

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Meet the Roger Stone protege running Aakash Patel’s Hillsborough Commission campaign

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Hillsborough County businessman Aakash Patel raised more than $51,000 (although that figure includes a $20,000 loan) in June for his campaign for the Hillsborough County Commission. Campaign finance records show that Patel spent $19,000 paying New Jersey-based political consultant Elnatan Rudolph, a man with a colorful past, to say the least. Identified in press reports as “a self-described protege of Roger Stone,” the venerable and controversial GOP operative, Rudolph is something of a political wunderkind, beginning his career when he was 16 years old when…

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Democrat Sky White re-enters Hillsborough Commission race

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Less than a month after saying she would suspend her campaign for the Hillsborough County Commission District 7 seat, community activist Sky White now wants to re-enter the race. “I’ve decided to continue my candidacy as Hillsborough County Commissioner for District 7,” White wrote in an email Monday afternoon. She was unavailable for comment Tuesday.

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Ken Hagan has now raised 300K for re-election

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When it comes to fundraising, Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan is killing it. The Carrollwood Republican raised more than $100,000 in June, the third consecutive month he’s posted a six-figure number, and now has raised more than $300,000 in his bid to win back his former seat in District 2 in 2018.

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Palladium Theater starts distributing tickets to St. Pete mayoral debate

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Although three debates have been held between St. Petersburg mayoral candidates (but only one with all seven candidates on the ballot), arguably the biggest one will take place Monday, July 25, at the Palladium Theater. That’s because the forum, which starts at 7 p.m., will be broadcast throughout the city (and all the Tampa Bay area) by Bay News 9, moderated by the station’s Holly Gregory and Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith. If you want to watch the event…

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Urban Land Institute’s report advises St. Pete how to tackle climate change

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A nonprofit research organization is working with St. Petersburg officials on ways for the city to prepare for the effects of climate change. Among the recommendations put forth in “Realizing Resiliency,” a new report published Monday by the Tampa Bay chapter of the Urban Land Institute: The city should create a cabinet-level Chief of Resilience Officer, implement a resiliency and sustainability action plan, and target vulnerable infrastructure and buildings that could benefit from emergency preparedness.

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Before forum fracas, City Council candidates weigh in on redevelopment of Tropicana Field, noise ordinance and campaign finance

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Before the League of Women Voters’s mayoral debate at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront ended in chaos Monday night, the eight candidates running for the District 6 City Council seat engaged in an hour-long, policy-driven forum. Among the questions posed to the candidates included what should happen to the site of Tropicana Field at 16th Street South – 85 acres of prime time real estate – if (and when?) the Tampa Bay Rays leave the site for another stadium. Mayor Rick…

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