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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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Hillsborough PTC head Kyle Cockream calls possible investigation into his conduct ‘a witch-hunt’

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Despite the aims of Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission Chairman Victor Crist and county attorneys, Kyle Cockream is still the agency’s executive director, following a raucous board meeting Tuesday. The agency ultimately voted 3-2 to make a request for proposal to potentially hire a law firm at their next meeting next month to conduct an investigation into recent revelations about Cockream’s performance as the head of the agency. Crist called last week for an emergency meeting of the PTC to discuss Cockream’s…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.24.16 — The Donald’s Contract with America

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Donald Trump is in Tampa tonight, speaking at the facility formerly known as the 1-800-Gary (it’s actually called the MidFlorida Credit Union something or other). Among the many criticisms even his most fervent supports have expressed about his flagging candidacy is the lack of specific policies that could persuade undecided voters to support him in November. To that end, on Saturday in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, The Donald unveiled what his team is calling his own “Contract with the American Voter” — a list of…

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SD 18 candidates make the case for themselves and against Dana Young in Tiger Bay debate

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Although Dana Young was a no-show at a Tampa Tiger Bay Club meeting on Friday, her presence was definitely felt as she was the target of several attacks by her three opponents in the state Senate District 18 race. Saying it was the sixth candidate forum where she has failed to appear, Democrat Bob Buesing said she was intentionally avoiding answering the voters’ questions about her “extreme record,” because “it’s not a match for our community.” Young did not attend Friday’s forum because she was attending the…

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Hillsborough County PTC to hold emergency meeting to discuss recent media reports Tuesday

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The Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission will hold a meeting to discuss recent revelations regarding executive director Kyle Cockream next Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the County Center in Tampa. “I have scheduled an emergency meeting of the Public Transportation Commission Board with our legal counsel and germane support for the purpose of discussing recent allegations attacking the integrity, character and independence of our director, staff and board,” PTC Chairman Victor Crist wrote to board members Friday afternoon. A large batch of…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.21.16 — Rick Scott in 2020?

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Forget about Marco Rubio in 2020, what about Rick Scott? Troy Kinsey from Bay News 9 reports that “some GOP operatives are floating him as a potential presidential contender in 2020, should Trump lose in November.” Kinsey then quotes all of one lone such operative in his story. But it does make for a good headline. Now, what about Marco Rubio? The Florida lawmaker made news this week when he declared in his debate against Patrick Murphy, “I’m going to serve in the Senate for the next six years, God…

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Newly released emails show Hillsborough County PTC head’s cozy relationship with limo and taxicab industry

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The Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission’s mandate is to regulate for-hire vehicles in the county, which includes taxicabs, limousines, and in the past couple of years, ridesharing companies — which the agency considers to be operating outside the law. But newly unearthed emails show that PTC executive director Kyle Cockream worked with the taxi cab and limo industry to advocate for their cause, against ridesharing companies. “Make me an inspector, I’ll clean it up,” wrote Ray Sabb with Gulf Shore Limos in Sarasota, in an…

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