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Lucas Lindsey: Private, public partnership necessary to make ‘smart cities’ possible

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Florida must invest in smart cities that support entrepreneurs. We are the third largest state in the United States, yet rank 34th in innovation according to a 2016 Bloomberg study. Simply put, that is not what leadership looks like. It is not enough to just prepare for the next wave of technology. We need to be the ones building it, funding it and distributing it. Our state has the capacity, but now we must decide if we have the vision,…

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Ralph Fernandez convinced Obama policy on Cuba a major factor in Florida going red

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Did President Obama’s latest executive actions regarding Cuba policy in October incite hardline exiles to vote for Donald Trump in large enough numbers to help him win Florida? That belief was pushed by some in the immediate days after the election, and is getting more life from a Hillary Clinton supporter who knows the Cuban exile community very well in the wake of Fidel Castro’s death over the weekend. Ralph Fernandez is a lifelong Democrat who helped raise money for Clinton’s campaign in…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.11.16 — Whither the EPA?

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Some random thoughts at the end of one of the most epochal weeks in the history of our republic: Yesterday in this space we contemplated some of the first moves the Donald Trump administration might make when he inherits power in January. Lots of focus right now is on the fact that he could kill all of the efforts this nation has made in worldwide pacts on climate change, beginning with the historic agreement signed in Paris earlier this year. “I don’t…

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Mitch Perry Report for Friday, 10.28.16 — FLOTUS dissects the Trump strategy

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Michelle Obama brought her newly awakened star power to the Hillary Clinton campaign Thursday, giving a speech with the Democratic nominee yesterday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she said the Donald Trump campaign modus operandi in the final 10 days of the election was to discourage them from going to the polls. “Here’s where I want to get real. If Hillary doesn’t win this election, that will be on us,” she said to one of the biggest crowds a Clinton campaign…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.27.16 – Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy battle it one last time

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So much in the news today to discuss, but let’s start (and end) with a review of last night’s debate between Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy. If you were scoring at home (congratulations if you were, to paraphrase Keith Olbermann from his ESPN days), you might have had Rubio up by a few points at the end, but like the first debate, it was relatively competitive throughout. Rubio has a lot more experience on the debate stage, which is why Murphy should have debated Pam Keith and…

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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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Bloomberg Politics reports that Alan Grayson profited from “Pariah State” gold mine

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Alan Grayson’s rough week just got a bit rougher. A week after Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid called on the Florida congressman to drop his Senate bid amid scrutiny surrounding his hedge fund, BloombergPolitics reports that Grayson’s family has cashed in a long-held investment in a mining company that derives its revenue almost entirely from Eritrea, a small East African country. Human Rights Watch labeled Eritrea “a pariah state,” in part, for its system of forced labor. Grayson is pushing back, however, saying that he wasn’t aware of…

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