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Mitch Perry Report for 12.12.16 – Heroes

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Bob Dylan opted to blow off the Nobel Prize for Literature awards ceremony in Sweden this weekend, instead opting to have Azita Raji, the U.S. Ambassador in Sweden, read a speech that he composed (And no, I had never heard of our ambassador to Sweden until I looked it up this weekend). Among those who care about this prestigious award, there has been some criticism about awarding a songwriter, and not a novelist or poet. The Swedish Academy defended its decision to…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.9.16 – Sanders stuns in Midwest

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Although Bernie Sanders and his supporters have to be feeling great after the Vermont senator stunned everyone Tuesday night by defeating Hillary Clinton in Michigan, Clinton’s victory in the richer delegate state of Mississippi won her more delegates for the night, 86-69. Nevertheless, it’s certainly a stunning rebuke to the pollsters and pundits, some predicting Clinton could win by nearly 30 percentage points. On the Bloomberg Channel’s “With All Due Respect” Tuesday night, the dean of conventional wisdom, Mark Halperin, said…

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Alan Grayson says DOJ won’t investigate death of Andrew Joseph III, but may look at HCSO practices

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Florida Congressman Alan Grayson announced on Tuesday that the Department of Justice will not investigate the circumstances involving the death of Andrew Joseph III, the 14-year-old black youth who was ejected from the Florida State Fair on Student Day in 2014 and died trying to cross Interstate 4. Assistant Attorney General Peter J. Kadzik responded back to Grayson on February 18, informing him that “accident, mistake, fear, negligence or bad judgement are not sufficient to establish a willful federal criminal civil rights violation.”…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.22.15 — Hillsborough County transportation tax now DOA?

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Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill is calling on Sheriff David Gee to investigate the contract awarded to Parsons Brinckerhoff for the public outreach effort for a proposed transportation sales tax. He’s also calling on PB to stop all work on the Go Hillsborough campaign, until Gee’s inquiry is complete. That second action sounds more dramatic than it is. The Go Hillsborough meetings will continue over the next two weeks. County Chair Sandy Murman had hinted last week that she was prepared to…

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Alan Grayson says he may call for federal investigation on incident at Florida State Fair

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On February 7, 2014, 14-year-old Andrew Joseph III was killed as he tried to cross Interstate 4 in Tampa just west of U.S. Highway 301 – after being kicked out of the Florida State Fair for alleged disorderly conduct. The teen was one of more than 100 young people ejected that night after deputies said a stampede of teenagers had rushed through the Midway. His father, Andrew Joseph II, has spoken out about the incident over the past year and…

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