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Power struggle? Tallahassee, state at odds in storm recovery

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The big question in Tallahassee is whether you have power, and whether you think local officials are to blame for the grinding pace of restoring electricity following Hurricane Hermine. The rising anger is playing out on social media and in the political sphere, with state and local leaders trading accusations about the slow pace of recovery. As of Monday afternoon, more than 26,000 customers in Leon County were still without power. That contrasts with other parts of the state where…

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Andrew Gillum confronts Rick Scott over Hermine response criticism

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Democratic Mayor Andrew Gillum of Tallahassee and Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Monday had a testy face-off over the speed of repair to the city’s electric system that was battered by Hurricane Hermine. On Sunday, Scott said in a press release that “the City of Tallahassee and Leon County have declined further ‘cut-and-toss’ assistance from (the Department of Transportation) to clear debris such as downed trees and fallen tree limbs. I continue to hear from residents that this is needed. FDOT stands…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.28.16 — Hillary’s turn

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President Barack Obama certainly set the bar high for Hillary Clinton‘s acceptance speech tonight at the Democratic National Convention, but most fair-minded people will know that going in. Even his harshest critics acknowledge that Barack Obama is one of the finest orators our nation has ever had in the White House, and the grading curve should be different from everyone else. But by this point, it should be obvious about what we’re going to hear tonight — a healthy dose of optimism about this country,…

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Andrew Gillum addresses Florida Democrats before his big moment at the DNC

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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is scheduled to address the Democratic National Convention Wednesday (time uncertain), and he showed his much-touted skills while addressing the Florida Democratic Delegation breakfast hours this morning. “If you blink you’ll miss it,” Gillum joked about the length of his scheduled address (which reportedly will call for healing between the black community and law enforcement according to the Tallahassee Democrat), he focused his ten-minute plus speech on the DNC’s narrative being pushed from the Clinton camp on down…

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In Tallahassee, Allison Tant talks Cleveland, Mike Pence and Patrick Murphy’s A-game

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With Florida Republicans heading to their national convention in Cleveland next week and the Florida Democrats following to their convention the next week in Philadelphia, we caught up with Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant. She, along with Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, opened a field office for Hillary Clinton’s campaign in downtown Tallahassee Thursday evening. What do you think about Rick Scott, Pam Bondi and Tim Tebow on the RNC stage? “It’s the folks who are most like Donald Trump.…

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Gwen Graham “disappointed” by redistricting decision

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U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham said she is disappointed in Monday’s district to uphold redrawn U.S. House maps. Graham responded to news that a federal panel struck down objections to a 2015 redistricting decision filed by U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown who, like Graham, will now see radical changes to her congressional district. “I’m disappointed the Second Congressional District will be transformed from a fair, moderate district into two extreme partisan districts. Dividing Tallahassee hurts North Florida and our community,” said Graham. “Now that the…

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Shevrin Jones named state director of Young Elected Leaders group

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Broward Democratic state Rep. Shevrin “Shev” Jones has been named State Director for the Network of Young Elected Leaders, a group affiliated with People For the American Way. Jones, 32, was elected in a vote late last year and will help direct the left-leaning group’s advocacy and organization efforts, which focus on social justice and progressive economic issues. “I believe such an investment should be made in this selected group of citizens because we play an essential part in impacting our nation now and…

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