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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.

Adrian Wyllie to lobby in Tallahassee next year

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Although he came up far short of projections and his own expectations, Adrian Wyllie did add some needed spice to a desultory gubernatorial campaign in the Sunshine State this year. The Libertarian Party of Florida’s gubernatorial nominee flirted with double-digits in the polls for parts of the year, but at the end of Election Night he had garnered only approximately 3.8 percent of the vote, a far cry from the 10-13 percent he scored in some voter surveys.  Nevertheless it…

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HHS Secretary Burwell touts Obamacare 2.0 in a visit to USF in Tampa

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Today marked the first weekday to sign up for the Affordable Care Act 2.0,  and while there were reports over the weekend of some people having problems logging on to the exchanges (in some cases those trying to re-enroll had trouble submitting or resetting passwords), they’ve been nothing to deter Obama administration officials generally good cheer about the program going into its second full year of implementation. But that doesn’t mean the administration still isn’t on the offensive. This year’s…

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Tampa postal workers brace for looming cuts

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U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced on Friday that he’s stepping down from his position after a tumultuous four years, beginning next February. Hours later, about a dozen postal service workers stood outside the post office’s station at Tampa International Airport distributing fliers to customers, educating them about a pending service cut slated for early 2015 that will definitely slow down some forms of mail. “We’re trying to let the public know that the postal service is going to slow their…

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Mitch Perry Report – 11.17.14

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This is my debut column for SaintPetersblog and FloridaPolitics.com, and thanks for being part of it. It’s only been a little over a week since I penned (or more accurately, typed) my last “MPR” for Creative Loafing, but it seems a lot longer than that. It’s certainly been an interesting 10 days or so since the news broke that I was leaving Tampa Bay’s alternative weekly for Peter Schorsch’s growing media, well, “empire”  is perhaps a bit grandiose. Media company I…

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Columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. fears America is turning into 1984

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Are Americans losing their comprehension of our history, as well as the essential truths that we need to understand to contend with our culture? That was the underlying theme from a speech given last week by one of the most successful black newspaper columnists in the country, Leonard Pitts Jr. The Miami Herald columnist (whose twice weekly pieces are syndicated around the country and can be found frequently in both the Tampa Bay Times and Tampa Tribune) had a lot…

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