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Mitch Perry Report for 8.29.16 — Colin Kaepernick says he can take the heat for speaking out

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The National Football League concluded its third and most interesting weekend of pre-season games last night, and while there are stories galore about what’s happening on the gridiron (Denver sacking Mark Sanchez, Tony Romo out for a few months with another injury, Jameis Winston looking quite impressive with the Tampa Bay Bucs against the lowly Cleveland Browns), the big story was out of Santa Clara, where 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem before their game against Green Bay on Friday night, the third…

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Darryl Rouson and Alan Grayson team up in Tampa to say they both speak “truth to power”

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Alan Grayson and Darryl Rouson teamed up Thursday night to try to win support in their respective campaigns while speaking in northwest Hillsborough County. “I am honored to be here today to introduce a man who from Day 1 in Washington D.C. has taken the tea party agenda to the stage, and has whooped them every time he got a chance to do so,” Rouson said in introducing Grayson to a crowd of 20 people who gathered at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional…

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Florida Chamber poll: Marco Rubio, Patrick Murphy walloping opponents

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Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy are poised to win their party’s nomination come Tuesday, but a new poll from the Florida Chamber Political Institute found Florida voters don’t know or don’t like many of the candidates on the ballot. The statewide poll shows Rubio leads Manatee County Republican Carlos Beruff by nearly 50 percentage points. The poll shows Rubio is at 68 percent, while Beruff is at 19 percent. Ten percent of respondents said they were still undecided. On the Democratic…

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Like Zika, other major unfinished business as Congress left for summer is TPP

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Anyone paying attention to Florida politics right now knows that Congress is on summer recess until Labor Day. We know this because we are constantly being reminded by Democratic politicians that Congress broke for six weeks without passing a Zika funding bill. While Zika is the current football being passed to and fro in our politics, it is worth noting that Congress adjourned without passing another piece of legislation with big, long- and short-term consequences: the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement,…

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Marco Rubio on Donald Trump: First a con man, now better than Hillary Clinton

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A dangerous, erratic, con man with the worst spray tan ever. That’s how Sen. Marco Rubio described Donald Trump when they were both seeking the Republican presidential nomination. Now that Trump is the nominee and Rubio is running for re-election, his tone is different. He’s no longer criticizing Trump, but he isn’t exactly gushing praise. Democrats are trying to make him look like a hypocrite for backing the man he previously said shouldn’t have access to nuclear weapon codes, and…

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Patrick Murphy campaign raised $1 million last month, has $4 million in bank

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Today, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy announced raising $1 million in the pre-primary FEC reporting period with $4 million cash-on-hand for his U.S. Senate campaign. That’s in addition to the $800,000 his campaign already has pre-paid for TV commercials this fall. “I continue to be humbled by the Floridians across our state who are standing with me in this election,” Murphy stated in a news release issued by his campaign. “It’s clear that hardworking Florida families are ready for a senator who shows…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.19.16 — Herald makes surprise endorsement in Florida Senate primary

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Donald Trump could earn a big PR move today. He’s scheduled to travel to Louisiana to visit the flood-ravaged areas. Meanwhile, President Obama enjoys the last days of his summer vacation, golfing with Larry David. The Miami Herald is making a little news this morning. The paper’s editorial board is dismissing both Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson in their review of the Democratic U.S. Senate race, and is endorsing Pam Keith in the contest. The paper acknowledges what has been evident for nearly…

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