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Mitch Perry Report for 6.9.16 – When Bernie meets Barry

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Bernie Sanders is scheduled to meet with Barack Obama at the White House today, and one can only imagine how that might go down.

Obama: Bernie, what an amazing run you’ve had. The right have had a field day accusing me of being a socialist, and then you come along –

Sanders: Please, Mr. President, don’t flatter yourself. Your policies have never been socialist in any way, shape or fashion. Frankly, much of my candidacy and success was built on the foundation of what’s happened – or hasn’t happened, in the seven years since you were elected.

Obama: Well, it’s true if you’re going to go there, that I really didn’t appreciate you looking into finding somebody to run against me in 2012. I really didn’t think that was necessary –

Sanders: Mr. President, what did you want to talk about today?

Obama: It’s time to stand down, Bernie. As I was saying a moment ago, you’ve had an incredible run, especially bringing young people into the process, but it’s time to let go and get behind Hillary –

Sanders: Excuse me! Excuse me, Mr. President. I have every right to stay in this contest until the convention next week.

An aide then tells Obama he needs to call Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau.

Okay, so that’s how I imagine the first couple of minutes of the big showdown taking place today. The question is, for course, will Bernie get behind Hillary immediately, or continue to fight.

If you were a betting man, you should bet for the latter.

Yesterday the Sanders camp was still sending out fundraising emails.

“We are going to fight for every vote in Tuesday’sprimary in Washington, DC, and then we will bring our political revolution to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia,” Sanders wrote, asking for a symbolic contribution of $2.70.

To be continued…

In other news…

Hillsborough County Commissioners try to one more (and last?) time to see if they can get quasi-consensus on putting put a referendum before county voters this fall asking them to vote would approve taxing themselves for various transportation projects (but no rail).

Well, so much for Victor Crist’s belief that his Public Transportation Commission could finally achieve success with ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft in Hillsborough County.

There’s an intense battle for fundraising supremacy in the Tampa City Council race that hasn’t officially been declared as happening yet.

And Tampa businesswoman Rebecca Smith announces a big haul of fundraising last month – though most of it came from one person who truly believes in Smith. 

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.

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