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Stacy White voted in as Hillsborough County Commission Chairman by his colleagues

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A year ago, the majority Republican led Hillsborough County Commission crossed party lines to vote for Democrat Les Miller as chairman over the GOP incumbent at the time, Sandy Murman, angering some local Republicans. On Tuesday the board made sure not to repeat the same thing. Despite a strong speech supporting Miller’s re-election by Al Higginbotham,  his fellow Republican colleagues opted to go in a different direction, voting 4-3 to elect District 2 Commissioner Stacy White to lead them in 2017. “I…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.22.16 – The fire down below

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In Charlotte last night, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory called for a state of emergency a night after violence escalated as residents continued to protest the fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer a day prior. While in Tulsa, the Dept. of Justice is investigating officer Betty Shelby’s use of force in the shooting death of  40-year-old unarmed black man Terence Crutcher on Friday night. Meanwhile, what about the shooting death of that unarmed black man in our neck of the woods that caused…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.8.16 — The reality of our binary choice for POTUS

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To begin with today, props to the Tampa Bay Times’ Anastasia Dawson for her portrayal on the very short life of Levonia Riggins, the 22-year-old black man shot and killed last week by a white Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy because … well, because they said he went for a gun when he was confronted in his bedroom at 8 a.m. by said sheriff deputy (Riggins was unarmed). And the reason why a SWAT team was banging down his door in the…

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