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Mitch Perry Report for 11.16.16 – Who will be our next Secretary of State?

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Now that the shock is starting to wear off over Donald Trump’s stunning upset in the presidential election a week ago, the biggest story in national politics is what he intends to do with his enormous power and who will help him do it. That means the selection of cabinet officers, with the most high-profile position being that of secretary of state. George W. Bush picked Colin Powell immediately after winning the recount election in late 2000; Barack Obama picked…

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Lisa Montelione backs Luis Viera in runoff for Tampa City Council

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Lisa Montelione, who represented District 7 for the past five and-a-half years before stepping down two weeks ago to run for a state legislative seat, is backing Luis Viera in the runoff election to succeed her. “Luis is an outspoken advocate for Tampa’s families and has a dedicated record of working for this community,” Montelione said in a statement issued by the Viera campaign. “Luis Viera’s involvement in our community through work with the City of Tampa’s Civil Service Board,…

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Janet Cruz says Democratic House Victory was a winner on Election Night in Florida

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Incoming Florida House Minority Leader Janet Cruz is in Miami, overlooking the the automatic recount expected to begin Friday between House District 118 Democrat Robert Asencio and Republican David Rivera, which ended Tuesday night with Asencio defeating Rivera by 68 votes out of nearly 63,000 cast. If Ascencio prevails, he would give Cruz and the Florida Democratic Party’s House Victory division a net gain of three seats in this election cycle. Though not as the goal she had originally targeted to move from red to blue this fall,…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.9.16 — GOP dominance

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Where do you begin? One of the biggest political upsets in U.S. history, to start with, in Donald J. Trump beating Hillary Clinton to become the 45th President of the United States of America. Lots of analysis there, including about the Democratic nominee, who for the second time in eight years, thought she had the presidency in her grasp, only to lose out — forever. What about closer to home? Although Florida Democrats have had huge disappointments in 2010 and 2014…

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Shawn Harrison holds on in rough-and-tumble HD 63 race

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Republican Shawn Harrison held on in a rough-and-tumble race against challenger Lisa Montelione to represent House District 63. With all precincts reporting, Harrison had 51 percent of 71,483 votes cast. Montelione held a close early lead but Harrison overcame that and steadily pulled ahead as the night progressed. “Obviously, we’re very happy,” Harrison said in a statement. “We executed what was a perfect game plan. We had a very targeted and specific message to Democrats in this district, and we…

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Tom Jackson: At our time of choosing, will we guess wrong?

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And so, at last, it is upon us. Election Day. Time, fence-sitters, to decide. We’ve been counting down so long, all the way back to the spring of last year; it sometimes seemed we’d never get here. Great nation that we (still) are, however, propelled by momentum and time-honored systems that guide truer than any GPS, we’ve navigated the distance: From the GOP’s scrum-debates of last fall through the frigid caucuses and first primaries, through the snooze-fest conventions and the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.7.16 — Closing arguments

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In this space on Friday, we reminisced about October surprises in previous election cycles before referring to the dual bombshells that have rocked this year’s presidential election: First, the release of that 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape in which Donald Trump spoke lewdly about women, followed 10 days ago with the announcement of the discovery of hundreds of thousands of emails that could be related to the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton‘s potential violation of national security documents. We surmised the surprises were over, but…

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