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Mitch Perry Report for 10.24.16 — The Donald’s Contract with America

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Donald Trump is in Tampa tonight, speaking at the facility formerly known as the 1-800-Gary (it’s actually called the MidFlorida Credit Union something or other). Among the many criticisms even his most fervent supports have expressed about his flagging candidacy is the lack of specific policies that could persuade undecided voters to support him in November.

To that end, on Saturday in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, The Donald unveiled what his team is calling his own “Contract with the American Voter” — a list of policy prescriptions he promises to deliver if elected.

Being the flawed candidate he is, however, he ended up stepping on that message by declaring he would sue each of the women who have come forward in the past two weeks to say he made unwanted advances.

His contract includes these provisions:

1 – a constitutional amendment imposing term limits on all members of Congress;

2- a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health);

3- a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated;

4- a five-year ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service;

5- a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government;

6- a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.

This is in addition to his previous declarations that he will withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, renegotiate NAFTA, go forward with the Keystone XL Pipeline, and cancel billions in payments to the U.N. climate change programs to use that money to “fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure.”

He’d also repeal every executive order by President Obama, cancel all federal funding to “sanctuary cities” and, yes, begin his program of “extreme vetting.”

It’s also becoming popular among some commentators to bemoan the fact that if Trump had just gotten out of his own way and been “sane” (to quote Peggy Noonan), he would have won this race easily.

Still 15 days to go …

In other news …

Call it pandering if you prefer, but Hillary Clinton made sure to talk about reforming the criminal justice system in an interview on a Tampa hip-hop radio station Friday afternoon.

It’s a busy week as the Hillsborough County PTC holds an emergency meeting which could decide Kyle Cockream’s fate.

The candidates for Florida’s State Senate 18 district met up on Friday at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club. Well, most of them, anyway.

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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.

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