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Mitch Perry Report for 8.11.15 — Will Rick Perry be the first one off the GOP island?

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First of all, let me give a public welcome to the newest addition to the Florida Politics/SaintPetersBlog family, James Rosica, late of the Tampa Tribune. I am looking forward to reading his reports. The advent of the super PACS, we’ve been told, will keep presidential candidates around a lot longer than before, since there’s a separate venue for fundraising. The idea is that a few rich millionaires can singlehandedly keep a candidate alive. We’re about to see if that’s going to work…

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Marco Rubio latest GOP hopeful to bow out of Iowa Straw Poll

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Sen. Marco Rubio will not be taking part in this year’s Iowa Straw Poll. The Florida Senator and announced Republican presidential candidate is joining Jeb Bush, Sen. Lindsey Graham and Mike Huckabee in bowing out of the once-prominent presidential campaign event. POLITICO reports that Rubio’s decision, confirmed by his campaign on Saturday, is just the latest blow to the event which had been a mainstay for the Republican presidential nomination process. Several other candidates, such as Gov. Scott Walker, Sens.…

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Jeb Bush to blow off Iowa straw poll — and says he ‘misinterpreted’ question on Iraq

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Jeb Bush confirmed this afternoon that he will not be participating in the Iowa Straw poll taking place this August. The news became the biggest story of the political scene in the U.S. today, obscuring to a degree the controversy emanating from Bush’s unusual response to a question asked by Fox News’ Megyn Kelly regarding the invasion of Iraq that was broadcast on Monday night. In that interview, Bush told Kelly that even knowing in retrospect that Iraq did not possess so-called weapons…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.8.15 –The MOSI-USF Football stadium dilemma

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Hillsborough County Commissioners (and Administrator Mike Merrill) are gung ho on having the folks who run the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) explore an opportunity to move their facility into downtown Tampa, where it could be a part of Jeff Vinik’s grand plans to redevelop the Channelside area, even though there are serious questions about how productive such a move would be. As La Gaceta’s Patrick Manteiga noted last week, there’s the little issue about available parking in the area that has plagued…

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