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Jeff Brandes say his next focus will be on reforming Florida prison system

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A mentally ill inmate who was in protective custody was found dead at the Columbia Correctional Institution on Tuesday, a day after a corrections officer was hospitalized in an attack. It’s yet another black mark on a prison system that many say is overcrowded and underfunded, though Department of Corrections insist those issued had nothing to do with the attack. The Florida Legislature opted not to give the Department of Corrections the 734 additional positions that the agency said were necessary to…

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Tampa Chamber releases preliminary poll numbers on Go Hillsborough that don’t say too much

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Three weeks before the Hillsborough County Commission is scheduled to vote on putting the half-cent Go Hillsborough transportation tax on the ballot, extremely preliminary results from a poll conducted for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce were released on Thursday. And they don’t really do much to clear up where the voters stand on the issue. The Chamber reports that support for the sales tax was “raised at four different points in the overall survey, with answers of support ranging…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.10.16 – Why hasn’t the Florida GOP establishment rallied around Marco Rubio?

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In what is being dubbed by critics as the “low-energy” summit, Jeb Bush is scheduled to meet today in Miami separately with John Kasich and Ted Cruz, after reportedly already meeting with Marco Rubio on Wednesday. The idea being, I take it, is that Jeb might come out with an endorsement. If he’s going to do that, it should happen today, when it would have maximum impact, hours before tonight’s GOP presidential debate on the UM campus. One would assume that…

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Tampa Chamber outlines 2016 agenda, supports Florida Enterprise Fund

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The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce headed up to Tallahassee Thursday to discuss its 2016 legislative agenda with lawmakers. “We had the privilege today to meet with our local delegation members to express what is important to the Chamber and to the business community as a whole,” said Guy King III, the group’s chair-elect.  “It is imperative that we start to lay the groundwork now so that when session begins in January our legislators will know what is important to…

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TBX foes to gather at County Center in Tampa tonight

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Back in August, the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization heard official testimony from over fifty people who strongly opposed the Tampa Bay Express (TBX) project that would add express lanes to I-275 and I-4. Several hundred other residents who live in the Seminole and Tampa Heights neighborhoods which would be directly affected by the plan also expressed their disapproval at the meeting. Despite that intense opposition, however, the members of the MPO – with one exception – voted unanimously in including the TBX plan into…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.28.15 – Pressure grows on Rubio to leave U.S. Senate

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As he continues to pile up missed votes, Marco Rubio hasn’t been shy about the fact that he can’t stand the U.S. Senate. Fine, say his critics. Resign and let someone else do the job instead. This morning the South Florida Sun-Sentinel is calling for Rubio to step down in their lead editorial. If you hate your job, senator, follow the honorable lead of House Speaker John Boehner and resign it. Let us elect someone who wants to be there and earn an…

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Tampa Chamber CEO to Rick Scott: “You owe us” after Sam Rashid fiasco

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Gov. Rick Scott got a figurative swift kick in the pants Monday when the head of Tampa’s leading business group told him to get a move on in filling a vacancy on the local aviation authority’s board. “Possibly unlike any appointment you will make, this next appointment is both an opportunity and your responsibility to make the right selection to advance the mission of Tampa International Airport,” wrote Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Rohrlack. “Your previous decision…

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