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Mitch Perry Report for 10.21.16 — Rick Scott in 2020?

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Forget about Marco Rubio in 2020, what about Rick Scott? Troy Kinsey from Bay News 9 reports that “some GOP operatives are floating him as a potential presidential contender in 2020, should Trump lose in November.” Kinsey then quotes all of one lone such operative in his story. But it does make for a good headline. Now, what about Marco Rubio? The Florida lawmaker made news this week when he declared in his debate against Patrick Murphy, “I’m going to serve in the Senate for the next six years, God…

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After spiked column, Chris Ingram quits writing for Tampa Bay Times

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Conservative commentator Chris Ingram has penned his last column for the Tampa Bay Times. Ingram announced on his Irreverent View blog that his most recent submission to the paper — a sharply worded takedown of Hillary Clinton’s behavior in relation to Bill Clinton’s checkered sexual history — was rejected by the Times’ editor of editorials, Tim Nickens, earlier this month. Nickens informed Ingram the piece “does not fit in tone or substance.” Now Ingram says he’s done writing for the only daily newspaper publishing in the Tampa Bay region.…

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Chris Ingram isn’t convinced Marco Rubio answered all questions about use of RPOF AmEx card

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Last Saturday as promised, Marco Rubio released American Express statements from 2005 and 2006, responding to questions about his use of that card that belonged to the Republican Party of Florida, saying that only eight of the charges were for personal expenses and that he had paid them off personally. The controversy has dogged Rubio on and off for the past five years since stories first surfaced about his spending with an AmEx card during his run for the U.S. Senate…

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Jim Norman speaks: The former Hillsborough county commissioner is plotting a comeback

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Former Hillsborough County Commissioner and state Sen. Jim Norman wants you to know one thing — that everything you thought you knew about what happened to him in 2010 is wrong. “The media put a message out there that is just inaccurate, and I’m really burned about that, so I’m pretty fired up with setting the record straight,” he said in an interview conducted earlier this week. In case you’ve forgotten or weren’t around five years ago, “the message” that Norman says…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.4.15 — Hillary Clinton to rally the base on voting issues

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Good morning, everybody. Props to the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald for their world exclusive giving us the date when Jeb Bush finally ends his “exploring the waters” phase and officially enters the GOP presidential race — Monday, June 15. Meanwhile, Lincoln Chafee announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination yesterday and Rick Perry will later today, if you’re scoring at home. Meanwhile, for those critics who say Hillary Clinton is doing a whole bunch of nothing in these early months (and by…

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Chris Ingram brings the Tiger Bay Club back to relevance

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At its best, Tiger Bay Club forums held throughout the state can provide a valuable public service as a place where the public can interact with lawmakers, political candidates, activists and journalists who are asked to participate each month. Depending on the topic or the featured speaker, however, these same events can often devolve into dull, scripted events. That’s where the audience of Tiger Bay members get to to play their part in what we have of a democracy, raising questions…

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Bob Buckhorn battles his first major test as Tampa Mayor

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By any measure, Tampa has flourished since its citizens elected Bob Buckhorn to become Mayor in 2011. Saddled with budget deficits in his first couple of years in office, he adroitly put the city’s economy back on solid footing post-recession. There’s been a plethora of new parks and swimming pools built throughout the city, and an expanded Riverwalk has brought a whole new focus to downtown. Improvements have been made in quality of life issues like code enforcement, adding new street lights to…

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