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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

Mitch Perry Report – 11.26.14

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When the Tea Party evolved in early 2009 and soon became a force locally and nationally in our politics, their dominant thrust was anger about excessive government spending. The escalating federal debt and deficit were said to be catalysts, but the anger, we were told, wasn’t about President Obama per se, but about Big Government overall. The 2008 financial bailouts were said to be what really set off the populist anger. And those bailouts did anger people on the left…

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PSC kills solar pilot program for not being cost effective

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In a much anticipated hearing today, the Florida Public Service Commission slashed energy efficiency goals for Duke Energy, TECO, Gulf Energy & Florida Power & Light on a 3-2 vote. They also voted to allow a pilot program for solar power to expire at the end of next year, but said they intend to host a workshop in 2015 on finding other ways to make solar power more accessible for Floridians. Collectively, the four investor-owned utilities were requesting a cut of…

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Geico not cool carrying Uber or Lyft drivers

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One of the contentious issues involving ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft in Tampa and across the country has been regarding the soundness of their insurance policies. Controversy about what type of policies Uber and Lyft drivers operate with burst out into the open after a tragic incident last New Year’s Eve in San Francisco exposed possible gaps in coverage. That’s after an UberX driver hit and killed a 6-year-old and injured her mother and brother while logged into the…

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Helen Gordon Davis’ Women’s Business Centre opens in Tampa

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Helen Gordon Davis was a powerhouse of a legislator when she represented Tampa in the Florida Legislature from 1974 to 1992, championing the rights of the disenfranchised, particularly women and minorities. Although in ill health now, the native New Yorker’s lasting legacy has been her creating the Women’s Centre based in Tampa’s Hyde Park,  designed in 1976 to help women succeed both personally and professionally. On Monday afternoon the Centre held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the creation of the Women’s…

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Mitch Perry Report – 11.25.14

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Ferguson is literally burning as I write this on Tuesday morning. On CBS’ This Morning, the program began with an aerial shot of an Auto Zone auto parts store on fire. Yes, the community rioted last night after the late-night announcement that the grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of protests in St. Louis suburb. If you’ve been following this…

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Bill that would end discrimination against LGBT community in Florida introduced

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Last month, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners voted to include the LGBT community with other protected classes in connection with employment, public accommodations, real estate transactions and county contracting and procurement. The move was hailed by activists who have considered the county to be somewhat in the dark ages when it came to LGBT rights. But in fact it’s still legal to discriminate against gays in Florida, something that state Rep. Holly Raschein and the Democratic whip, state…

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor OK with U.S. troops staying in Afghanistan into 2015

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The news that broke over the past few days that President Obama has decided to authorize a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned has alienated some anti-war activists, but Tampa Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor is fine with the idea. The revelation — first reported in The New York Times on Saturday — is a reversal of Obama’s announcement back in May that America’s combat mission will be over by the end of this year.…

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