Mitch Perry Report for 7.29.16 – Goodbye from Philadelphia

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Good morning,

Well, I’m glad it just started raining in Philadelphia, because I didn’t set an alarm, and a plane awaits to go to Tampa for me in a few hours, so not much time for any insights from this week. Let’s just say this: The moment when Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim American soldier slain in Iraq, stared at the camera and Donald Trump and said, “In this document, look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law,” was an incredibly powerful moment.

There were actually a lot of them last night leading up to Hillary Clinton giving her acceptance speech as the Democratic nominee for president.

That included the drama of Bernie Sanders supporters in the hall calling out “no more war” as General John Allen gave a fierce endorsement for Clinton. Anyway, really, there’s no time to thinks, so…

In other news:

Before the main event, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a speech invoking the spirit of his late father, Mario Cuomo.

There’s been a whole lot of Donald Trump trash talking this week in Tallahassee, and in the Florida Delegation Breakfasts, comparisons between Trump and Rick Scott are plentiful. Gwen Graham parroted Michael Bloomberg in saying the two represent the “con men” wing of the GOP, while Howard Dean went there with his “neanderthal nincompoops” line.

Activist Lauren Book is now in the state Senate, and the Broward County Democrat challenged members of the delegation yesterday to ask why they traveled so far to be a part of the DNC yesterday.

Janet Cruz, the Tampa House Democrat and incoming Minority Leader in Tallahassee, believes the Dems can flip six House seats from red to blue this fall.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe told Florida Democrats that he’ll individually sign over 206,000 forms to allow ex-felons get the right to vote this year, undoubtedly making them jealous they don’t have a governor who would do the same.

Donald Trump is mentioned more often than Hillary Clinton among Florida Facebook users, I learned at the convention.

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.