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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 – 11.21.14

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Oh yes he did. To the surprise of absolutely no one, President Obama last night announced his plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and grant them work permits in a 15-minute prime-time speech. Now what happens? That’s something that congressional Republicans will have to decide in the coming weeks, and we’ve heard it could go from blocking funding for this individual program to refusing to bring up for a vote his new Attorney General nominee (Loretta Lynch) to…

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Bob Buckhorn says Florida Democrats must have a message for centrists to win

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Two weeks ago, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn became a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor of Florida in 2018. But as he begins to start up what should be a relatively easy re-election campaign in early 2015, the lifelong Democrat (who made news by staying neutral in this year’s gubernatorial contest) has some advice for his party as they again spend some quality time over the next few months trying to figure out how to improve their lot in the…

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Groundbreaking begins on Tampa airport’s $943 million master plan

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A ceremony heralding the groundbreaking for the $943 million master plan for Tampa International Airport took place Thursday morning, and it was a major production indeed. Held on the roof of the airport’s economy parking garage under a large tent equipped with heaters, wide screen television monitors, and 60’s style flight attendants, the event was packed with over 500 people in attendance, including much of the Tampa Bay area business and political establishment elite. In fact there were so many big-shots…

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Mitch Perry Report – 11.20.14

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Some random thoughts and observations, hours before President Obama probably melts down the conservative Twitterverse with his Executive Action on immigration in his prime-time address later tonight…. Congrats to the Tampa Bay Times Michael Kruse, the gifted wordsmith who will be taking his talents to the Beltway and write for Politico, along with editor Bill Duryea. The winds of change continue down at 1st Avenue South in St. Pete, especially in the past few months, so it’s good to see some…

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Exclusive interview: Bob Buckhorn speaks out on transit issue and a potential Rays stadium

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Before this month’s vote on the Greenlight Pinellas transit tax, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn sounded confident that win or lose, all systems were go for Tampa and Hillsborough County to work on getting a measure on the 2016 ballot for a transit measure, six years after the first attempt before the voters lost badly. But then Greenlight Pinellas lost by an even worse margin, leading many transit advocates to wonder what it might take to get such a referendum  passed. Count…

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Seven Florida companies get perfect LGBT score from Human Rights Campaign

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Seven Florida-based companies top the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)  2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual report assessing LGBT inclusion in Fortune 1000 companies and law firms across the nation. Akerman LLP, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida based in Jacksonville, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Tampa, Darden Restaurants in  Orlando,, Holland & Knight, Office Depot,Inc. in Boca Raton and Tech Data Corp. in Clearwater were those seven law firms and companies. The lowest company of the 21 ranked was Winn-Dixie…

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WMNF to end its afternoon news and talk shows

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Tampa Bay area community radio station WMNF 88.5-FM is making some changes in its programming for 2015, and that includes eliminating its locally produced afternoon news and talk show programs. The WMNF Drive-Time News has been airing from 4:00-4:30 over the past two years, followed by the half-hour talk show called The Last Call from 4:30- 5:00 p.m. Those shows will be jettisoned in favor of music programming, which will now run from 1:oo p.m through the rest of the evening, with three five-minute…

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