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Mitch Perry Report for 8.31.16 – Moving on to November

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Good morning, everyone. Florida’s primary election is history. So, where to begin? Patrick Murphy will face Marco Rubio in November. Murphy crushed Alan Grayson, 59  to 18 percent, with Pam Keith a close third at 15 percent. Rubio gets credit for honesty, saying that he can’t say for sure that he’ll fulfill all six years of his term if elected, which naturally Murphy is attempting to exploit. Boy, this race is going to get tawdry. In what has to be considered a mini-upset, St. Petersburg’s Darryl…

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AFP-FL “celebrates” school vouchers ruling

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Americans for Prosperity Florida, the government spending watchdog, says it “celebrates” Tuesday’s appellate court decision on the state’s school vouchers program. “On a day that many students across our state return back to school, the (court) ruled in favor of 70,000 low-income Florida students and their families, as well as ruling in favor of our state constitution,” said Skylar Zander, the group’s deputy director, in a statement. The 1st District Court of Appeal sided with a lower court to throw out the…

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Americans for Prosperity-Florida launching direct mail campaign targeting sports, film incentives

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Residents in eight state Senate districts will be receiving a mailer from Americans for Prosperity-Florida in the coming days. The organization announced Tuesday it has launched a direct mail campaign to tell Floridians about a proposal moving through the state Senate that includes film production and sports incentives. The measure (SB 1646), sponsored by Sen. Jack Latvala, a Clearwater Republican, passed the Senate transportation, tourism and economic development appropriations subcommittee 8-0 Thursday. AFP-FL said Tuesday it plans to send mailers…

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Americans for Prosperity-Florida takes aim at sports incentives in new ad campaign

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Americans for Prosperity—Florida is out with a new advertisement taking aim at sports incentives. The digital advertisement ad campaign calls on Floridians to call on their elected officials to oppose efforts to give incentives to sports teams. The digital ad campaign is scheduled to run through Super Bowl Sunday. “As wealthy team owners and NFL executives gather around San Francisco for the Superbowl this weekend, Florida taxpayers are hurting because some politicians would rather help billionaire football team owners than…

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AFP backs Matt Gaetz legislation on ride-sharing

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Will the Florida Legislature address the issue of Transportation Network Companies such as Uber and Lyft in the 2016 Session? That remains an open question this week as the Legislature returns to Tallahassee for the Regular Session. On Wednesday afternoon, the House Economic Affairs Committee will discuss legislation sponsored by Fort Walton Beach Republican Matt Gaetz regarding TNC’s. Americans for Prosperity’s Florida chapter has endorsed his bill. “Representative Gaetz should be commended for driving the discussion on the importance of…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.7.16 — Florida academic fired for unpopular (and um, questionable) views?

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James Tracy was fired last month, though the Florida Atlantic University communications professor still can file a grievance to maintain his job. Although he would certainly dispute being labeled a conspiracy theorist, that’s essentially how I learned about him when I wrote a story about conspiracy theories in Creative Loafing. Tracy claimed the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre was fake. He also suggested that the Boston Marathon bombing and San Bernardino shooting were bogus as well. It’s when he got into a public dispute with the…

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Americans for Prosperity says it’s ready for 2016 Legislative Session

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The Koch brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity organization has 36 state chapters across the nation, but none bigger than its operation in Florida, established in 2008. With 80 full- or part-time staff members, AFP has been aggressive in getting involved in legislative matters in recent years, sometimes to the consternation of Republicans who it ostensibly sides with ideologically. Although key tenets of AFP are advocating lower tax rates, opposing government “overspending” and attempting to rein in the size of government, it’s opposition to government…

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