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Mitch Perry Report for 8.26.16 – Mason-Dixon says the presidential race in Florida is super close

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Attention, Florida Democrats: Time to get off you a** if you want Hillary Clinton to win the state in November. A Mason-Dixon poll shows the Trump-Clinton battle in a virtual tie, with the former secretary of state up by two points, 44 percent to 42 percent. As has been said a thousand times, Trump cannot win the presidency without winning Florida, but according to this poll 10 days before Labor Day, he could win the Sunshine State in November. By any stretch, this…

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Pat Frank campaign ad riles some of those photographed with her

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An ad featuring a photo of Hillsborough Clerk of the Courts Pat Frank surrounded by a group of African-Americans in the Florida Sentinel-Bulletin is upsetting some of those photographed. They say that it appears that they support her candidacy, when in fact they say they don’t. Frank is running for re-election to the clerk’s position, a position she’s held since 2004. She’s facing a primary challenge in fellow Democrat Kevin Beckner in the Aug. 30 primary. The ad in question ran…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.22.16 — Who’s down with TPP?

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Good morning, y’all. Welcome to the last full week of campaigning before your Aug. 30 primary election in the Sunshine State. Before we get into the news of the day, how was your weekend? I went and saw a couple of good, if somewhat overrated movies (“Come Hell or High Water,” “Don’t Think Twice”), and finished reading an underrated novel (Jay McInerney‘s “Bright, Precious Days”). I also voted, as the majority of Floridians will do, before next week’s primary election. Not…

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Medea Benjamin on her new book examining the U.S.-Saudi Arabia alliance

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Although Medea Benjamin has been an activist for nearly four decades, most of the country didn’t come to know her until shortly before the Iraq war, when she infiltrated her way into congressional hearing rooms to shout down people like Donald Rumsfeld to protest the upcoming war. She’s best known as the co-founder of the anti-war activist group Code Pink, which has a history of infiltrating and briefly disrupting events, including the Senate hearing of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the confirmation for CIA Director…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.10.16 — Aleppo needs water

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I’m sure that after you got yourself up this morning, you might have reached for a cup of coffee, juice or water. It’s something that we don’t have to think too hard about, usually. Now let’s go across the globe — to Aleppo, Syria. The United Nations on Tuesday called for a “humanitarian pause” in the fighting in Aleppo to allow for immediate access to repair the electricity and water networks. They report that between 250,000-275,000 people have been trapped…

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Mark Bircher says if David Jolly can’t support Donald Trump, Pinellas GOP should back his candidacy in CD 13 primary

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All the talk about the David Jolly vs. Charlie Crist battle in Florida’s 13th Congressional District contest ignores the fact that Jolly does have an opponent in the Republican primary later this month. He’s retired Marine General Mark Bircher, and he says that in the name of party unity, the Pinellas County Republican establishment should rally around his candidacy later this month, unless his opponent sees the light and gets behind Donald Trump‘s candidacy for president. “We cannot accept divided loyalties when so much is…

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Vern Buchanan tells President Obama to stop accepting Syrian refugees

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Taking his cue from a warning by FBI Director James Comey of “a terrorist diaspora out of Syria like we’ve never seen before,” Sarasota area GOP Congressman Vern Buchanan is calling on the White House to put an immediate halt in accepting Syrian refugees into the U.S. “Terrorists are leaving Syria disguised as refugees and carrying out attacks in the West,” Buchanan wrote in a letter addressed to President Obama on Thursday. “The prudent course of action is to halt all admissions of Syrians into the U.S.…

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