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Mitch Perry Report for 10.26.16 — Can Donald Trump exploit ACA premium increases?

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The announcement this week that premiums for “silver” health care plans in the state-based exchanges will rise by an average of 22 percent next year has received maximum news coverage, including by political reporters who think it could an “October surprise” that benefits the Republican Party. It is a gift to Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and other Republicans running in tight races, and it will be interesting to see how it plays out over this week, and how Hillary Clinton addresses…

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Realtors backs David Singer in HD 60 race

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The Greater Tampa Realtors unveiled their list of endorsements in the upcoming election on Tuesday, and one of their most provocative selections is choosing Democrat David Singer over Republican Jackie Toledo in the House District 60 campaign. The Realtors made 20 selections in all: 10 Republicans, six Democrats, and four candidates running in nonpartisan races. All of the Democrats, except one, the Realtors are backing are incumbents or, in some cases, running in open seats where they are heavily favored: CD 14 Rep. Kathy Castor, SD 19 Senate…

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Here’s where sh*t stands in Tampa Bay’s legislative races

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With two weeks to go until Election Day, the Tampa Bay area’s Senate seats are pretty much decided. Welcome back Sens. Jack Latvala and Tom Lee and say hello to Darryl Rouson, who should cruise past John “Mr. Manners” Houman to win the SD 19 seat. Tampa Republican Rep. Dana Young still has a race ahead of her for the SD 18 seat, however. Young is running against Democrat Bob Buesing and a pair of high-polling, no-party candidates for the…

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It looks like Tim Schock and Pat Kemp won’t debate before next month’s Hillsborough County Commission election

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Tim Schock admits that he couldn’t commit to the initial dates proposed by the Tampa Tiger Bay Club and the League of Women voters regarding a proposed debate with his Hillsborough County Commission District 6 opponent, Pat Kemp. Now Kemp says she’s too busy to debate Schock before the Nov. 8 election, and Schock isn’t happy about that. “She won’t talk about the issues,” Schock complained early Monday evening. “What’s more important than debating the issues? To turn down the press…

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Eleven things I think I think about the Tampa Bay Times’ endorsements in state House races

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Let’s put aside for a moment the argument about whether newspaper endorsements matter much in modern campaigns. Even if not a single likely voter was swayed by the opinions of editorial boards, the endorsements still matter because they matter to the candidates themselves. That’s why you see even the most Republican of candidates — with their national standard-bearer whipping his supporters into a frenzy against the media — touting the support of their local newspaper. The Tampa Bay Times, the state’s…

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David Singer gets endorsements from Tampa and Hillsborough County Firefighters in HD 60 race

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House District 60 Democratic candidate David Singer announced Friday he has received endorsements from local chapters of the International Association of Fire Fighters — the Tampa Fire Fighters #754 and Hillsborough County Fire Fighters #2294. “David Singer understands how important public safety is to the well-being of our community,” said Stephen Suarez, president of the Tampa Fire Fighters #754, in a statement issued by the Singer campaign. “We can trust David to focus on critical issues like providing Tampa firefighters and paramedics with the best resources to…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.12.16 – Is there still no crying in baseball?

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It’s painful today for me, folks. I stayed up past midnight this morning to see the Chicago Cubs come from behind with four runs in the top of the ninth inning to defeat the San Francisco Giants, 6-5, and advance to the National League Championship Series this weekend, where they’ll play either Washington D.C. or Los Angeles. When I was a kid in the 1970’s, baseball was my favorite sport, just like it was America’s. But over the course of…

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