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Mitch Perry Report for 9.15.15 — Bernie Sanders does Liberty University

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No, Hillary Clinton is not losing the race for the Democratic Primary, not if you take the Real Clear Politics average of the national spread between her and Bernie Sanders. She’s up overall by 21 percentage points. But in the first in the nation voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire? It’s a completely different story. A CBS/YouTube poll taken over the weekend has him up by 10 points over Clinton in Iowa, and a stunning 22 percent in N.H. In one of…

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ACLU tells Tampa City Council they have legal authority to name civilian review board members with subpoena power

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The ACLU of Florida said today that they believe City of Tampa Attorney Julia Mandell was incorrect in her assessment that the city’s charter only allows the mayor to have the right to name the members of a civilian review board. The issue of who controls the power to name such an advisory committee has roiled City Hall over the past month, as a majority of the City Council – backed by their own attorney – insists it has the power…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.9.15 — Another Democrat to enter Hillsborough County District 6 race?

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Rumor du jour is that there will be another candidate getting into the wide-open countywide Hillsborough County District 6 seat, but it’s not a Republican taking on Jim Norman. The rumor that percolated over the Labor Day weekend is that John Dicks, the 62-year-old former Plant City mayor and commissioner, is contemplating entering the Democratic primary, which already includes Thomas Scott, Brian Willis and Pat Kemp. Plant has been dormant in local politics since losing the Democratic primary race for…

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U.S. investigating Florida prisoner’s death in scalding shower

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The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the death in a scalding shower of a Florida prisoner and may conduct a broader civil rights probe into allegations of abuse of mentally ill inmates. Existence of the criminal investigation into the 2012 death of Darren Rainey, 50, was confirmed in a recent Justice Department letter to the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, which last year requested the probe. Rainey, who suffered from schizophrenia, died after he was locked in the shower…

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ACLU & other groups now oppose police body camera bill in Tallahassee

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After the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of law enforcement agencies last year, there was a nationwide clamor for police officers to begin wearing body cameras as a way to provide transparency and accountability for both the police and the citizenry. President Obama announced $263 million in funding for law enforcement agencies to buy body-worn cameras and improve training, and police departments throughout the Tampa Bay area said they would begin implementing their usage as well.…

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Immigration activists say they should count in Rick Scott’s Florida

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In his State of the State address on Tuesday, Rick Scott hailed Florida’s diversity, featuring sentences in his speech that mentioned that “we are home to over 250 languages,” and “we are clearly the best melting pot in the world.” But in Ybor City’s Centennial Park in Tampa on Wednesday, a group of immigration activists said that the governor’s pride in the state’s multiculturalism clearly doesn’t extend to those fighting for comprehensive immigration reform. “What he failed to say is that he…

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