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Mitch Perry Report for 11.10.16 — The ‘What do we now?’ moment for the president-elect

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As Donald Trump publicly laid low and dealt with officials about how the transition of his administration will begin, I couldn’t help but recall that often-referred-to famous final scene from the 1972 Michael Ritchie film, “The Candidate” starring Robert Redford. Bill McKay, the novice (played by Redford) who has just won an improbable victory for the U.S. Senate, turns dazedly to his campaign manager and asks, “What do we do now?” What will the 45th POTUS do? No doubt the Affordable Care Act will be…

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Hillsborough County PTC approves temporary agreement to allow Uber and Lyft to operate legally

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After more than two and a half years of operating in violation of the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Agency, ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft are now legal to operate in the county — for at least another 13 months. The board voted 4-3 Wednesday to approve two new temporary operating agreements (TOAs) negotiated by outgoing PTC Chairman Victor Crist and officials with the two companies. It comes after at-times agonizing debates on the commission that led to a flood of bad…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.8.16 — Getting the results before the polls close

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The last presidential contest I really didn’t pay that much attention to was back in 1980, but I do remember this: I was in high school, and I had the TV on but the sound down when Jimmy Carter came out at around 6:15 PST to announce he was conceding the election. It was pretty early in the evening, but it was obvious Carter wasn’t going to catch up to Ronald Reagan that night. Although Carter wanted to get the misery…

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Limousine company sues Hillsborough PTC, says they want to be ridesharing company

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With the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission poised to perhaps finally approve new rules that would legalize the use of ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft, now a local limousine company has filed suit against the local agency. West Coast Transportation Services filed a lawsuit on Friday challenging whether the PTC has the authority to regulate transportation network companies (TNC’s), another term for ridesharing companies. In the suit, filed in the 13th judicial circuit in Hillsborough County, West Coast Transportation says they…

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Uber, Google develop app for Election Day rides

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Election Day is only days away, and Uber and Google have teamed up to help voters cast ballots. As part of its ongoing campaign to boost the turnout among Uber users, the San Francisco-based ridesharing service has worked with Google on a special in-app feature available Nov. 8 that will help locate polling locations  — and quickly request a ride with a simple tap on the smartphone. On Election Day, Uber users will see a reminder to get out and vote; the unique…

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Hungry? Call Uber

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Uber will officially expand the UberEATS Tampa Bay app to include St. Petersburg beginning at 11 a.m Wednesday. In honor of this expansion, free delivery will be offered to those in the coverage area for a limited time. The coverage area for this expansion currently includes areas east of 71st Street North/Belcher Road. Delivery is available from 6 a.m. to 3 a.m., seven days a week. If the restaurant is shown as open and serving on the UberEATS app during…

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Hillsborough PTC head Kyle Cockream calls possible investigation into his conduct ‘a witch-hunt’

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Despite the aims of Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission Chairman Victor Crist and county attorneys, Kyle Cockream is still the agency’s executive director, following a raucous board meeting Tuesday. The agency ultimately voted 3-2 to make a request for proposal to potentially hire a law firm at their next meeting next month to conduct an investigation into recent revelations about Cockream’s performance as the head of the agency. Crist called last week for an emergency meeting of the PTC to discuss Cockream’s…

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