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Mitch Perry Report for 12.8.15 — Remembering John Lennon

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Props to St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, whose rebuke to Donald Trump via Twitter is a featured story on this morning’s Drudge Report. I’m going to let the fallout from Trump’s comment that the U.S. government should ban all Muslims from entering the country marinate for at least another 24 hours, to think about something else. It was 35 years tonight that John Lennon was assassinated in New York City. For those of us around at the time, it’s a moment where we…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.30.15 — Jim Gilmore joins the GOP race for prez. Why?

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While the political media world continues to profess astonishment at Donald Trump’s rise in the polls, how about talking about the latest Republican to enter the 2016 sweepstakes? Say hello to Jim Gilmore. Jim who, you might ask? Actually, “why” might be the better adverb here. Gilmore, 65, was governor of Virginia from 1998 to 2002. (Virginia term limits governors to only one four-year term.) He also ran for president in 2007 before dropping out of the race amid a lack…

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Tensions rising in Jeb Bush-Marco Rubio world?

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Although it may be slightly overhyped in the national press, it’s inevitable that Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are not going to be able to maintain a cozy relationship as they compete against each other for the Republican nomination for president. On Monday, the Rubio campaign leaked a memo quoting campaign manager Terry Sullivan as excitedly talking about how successful their candidate’s first week out of the gate as an official candidate has been, and how “our early success is…

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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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So a mid-level editor (with whom I am friendly) at the Times called and e-mailed me yesterday to “warn” me that my criticism of assistant metro editor Sandra Gadsden did not go unnoticed.  Add this criticism to my recent “outing” of Times food critic Laura Reiley’s decision to take a leave of absence and, he said, I may be tempting fate again.  Meaning the Times may want to write something about me just to take me down a notch.  The…

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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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So a mid-level editor (with whom I am friendly) at the Times called and e-mailed me yesterday to “warn” me that my criticism of assistant metro editor Sandra Gadsden did not go unnoticed.  Add this criticism to my recent “outing” of Times food critic Laura Reiley’s decision to take a leave of absence and, he said, I may be tempting fate again.  Meaning the Times may want to write something about me just to take me down a notch.  The…

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Charlie Crist dismisses talk of party switch

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Gov. Charlie Crist on Thursday evening shot down – again – the notion that his competitive race against former House Speaker Marco Rubio will prompt him to switch from running as a Republican to an independent in the U.S. Senate election. There has been a lot of talk about it again this week, including an ad placed at the top of the Drudge Report and paid by Sen. Jim DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund PAC that asked people whether Crist will…

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