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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.

Shawn Harrison adds more than $36K in yet unopposed HD 63 re-election bid

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Shawn Harrison narrowly avoided losing his House District 63 seat last year. Heading into the 2018 election cycle, Democrats are fired up about a “wave” election they say will help them win the seat. Harrison is fully aware of that, which is why he’s stepping up fundraising efforts early in the election cycle, raking in $36,178 in last month. Harrison has now raised $55.678 for the cycle.

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Raucous St. Pete mayoral debate ends in chaos

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It went downhill fast. The first St. Petersburg mayoral campaign forum to include all the candidates on the August 29 ballot ended in chaos Monday night after one contender, Theresa “Momma Tee” Lassiter, got into a verbal dispute with an audience member. At that point, moderator Pat Wood of the League of Women Voters threw up her hands and declared the debate was over. What ensued was a scuffle among audience members that had to be broken up by the St. Petersburg…

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Tampa Bay officials criticize Legislature for failing to tackle opioid epidemic

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A health official in Tampa on Monday said he hopes lawmakers don’t cut state funding just because the feds kicked in $1 billion to fight the opioid epidemic gripping the country. Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act during its lame duck session, which includes the billion dollars toward anti-opioid efforts.

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Six Florida congressional express support for single payer health care system

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As Senate Republicans return to Washington this week, looking to salvage their attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, support grows among Democrats for a single-payer health care system. The co-sponsor count for Michigan Democrat John Conyers‘ “Medicare for All” bill now stands at 113, nearly twice as many as last year. One of those new Democratic co-sponsors is Tampa Congresswoman Kathy Castor.

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Bob White wants to give GOP voters an alternative in governor’s race

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For Florida Republicans unsure who to support for governor in 2018, Bob White wants to give them a staunchly conservative alternative. One might add ‘libertarian’ as well: White chairs the Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida, which is “dedicated to working within the Republican Party to advance the principles of individual rights, limited government and free markets,” its website says. The Florida GOP has occupied the Governor’s Mansion for nearly two decades. Several candidates — both officially and unofficially — hope to keep…

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Barb Haselden: Reject Penny for Pinellas unless it all goes to infrastructure

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When the St. Petersburg City Council sent the Pinellas County Commission a breakdown of Penny for Pinellas projects, they listed $15 million for affordable housing. Although the funds from the one-cent county sales tax — set for voter reapproval this year — were described by some officials as a “drop in the bucket,” it would give Council members some options to deal with the increasing problem of developers eating up more properties, especially in the downtown area. However, not everyone…

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Tampa Council members opine on Curtis Hixon Park bar/restaurant concept

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News of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn‘s choice of Four Green Fields for a new restaurant/bar in Curtis Hixon Park caused some consternation on social media Wednesday. But what do City Council members think? Although the Council is now on a two-week summer hiatus, FloridaPolitics.com caught up with two members having opposing opinions about the administration’s choice of Irish pub Four Green Fields for a “raw bar” concept that includes indoor and outdoor seating in a pavilion space along Twiggs Street.…

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