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Mitch Perry Report for 11.2.16 — Hillary Clinton returns to the oldie but goodies in Dade City speech

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Remember when Hillary Clinton would invoke Michelle Obama‘s phrase when dealing with Donald Trump that, “When they go low, we go high?” That was so, oh, I don’t know, October-like. In Pasco County yesterday, the Democratic presidential nominee spent considerable time tearing apart Trump, invoking his greatest hits of insults as she tries to rally the base in the final week of the campaign. Clinton dug deep, referring to how The Donald boasted on Howard Stern’s show about how he…

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Hacked emails show Hillary Clinton camp discussed ousting Debbie Wasserman Schultz for Jennifer Granholm

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In July, Debbie Wasserman Schultz abruptly resigned as head of the Democratic National Committee, after leaked emails showed party officials conspiring to sabotage the presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Now, a new email message from the Gmail account of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta — posted by WikiLeaks Tuesday — indicate Hillary Clinton, the candidate campaign officials were considered to be in the tank for, also had serious issues with Wasserman Schultz. Clinton’s staff even discussed ousting her well before her unexpected midsummer exit.…

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Tim Canova political group calls for Florida constitutional amendments on open primaries, redistricting commission in 2018

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Tim Canova wasn’t kidding when he said he was going to stay involved in the political process following his loss to Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Florida’s 23rd Congressional District. The progressive Democrat announced the creation of a political and community action group last month called “Progress For All,” that he said would “will harness the power of our movement.” He now says the group is “making plans” for a series of referendums on the November 2018 ballot, some of which other activists have been working for years to try…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.29.16 — Congress is free to go home. Again.

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First of all, congratulations to the uber-hip readers at Creative Loafing who, in their Best of the Bay voting for Best Reporter in 2016, selected a columnist who retired two years ago. Congratulations also to our U.S. Congress who, by voting for a budget bill last to avoid a government shutdown, now gets to skip town for another two months before returning for an inevitable lame-duck session. Wait a minute, some of you might think — didn’t they just have a seven-week summer…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.23.16 – Fall follies

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Welcome to the first full day of fall, Florida style. Now maybe it will actually start to feel like a different season in say, about a month from now? Speaking of the weather, good luck to the student-athletes at USF and Florida State University who will be playing in the excessively hot and humid conditions at high noon on Saturday at Raymond James Stadium. Or should I say, good luck to the fans who will be sitting under that unforgiving…

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Florida congressional races start fall with lopsided campaign cash

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In 20 of Florida’s 26 contested congressional races this fall, one major party nominee escaped from last Tuesday’s primaries with more than five times as much cash-on-hand as the other major party’s candidate. And in many cases, the cash gap heading into the fall is so overwhelming that one party’s congressional nominee’s bank account would barely be a rounding error for the other party’s nominee. In 15 of the districts, one nominee has at least 30 times as much money as…

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Add nice guy Jim Waldman to list of ‘sore losers,’ while Ritch Workman keeps it classy

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There are lots of reasons people don’t like politics; this is one of them. Tim Canova refused to concede his congressional bid, telling reporters he would only “concede Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a corporate stooge.” Alan Grayson called Patrick Murphy a Republican. And after Marco Rubio trounced Carlos Beruff in the Republican Party primary, Beruff released an Op-Ed blasting Rubio. “With regard to young Mr. Rubio, in my judgment, he made a life mistake. A man’s word is the most important thing he has. Mr. Rubio must live with that decision,” he…

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