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Mitch Perry Report for 8.19.16 — Herald makes surprise endorsement in Florida Senate primary

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Donald Trump could earn a big PR move today. He’s scheduled to travel to Louisiana to visit the flood-ravaged areas. Meanwhile, President Obama enjoys the last days of his summer vacation, golfing with Larry David. The Miami Herald is making a little news this morning. The paper’s editorial board is dismissing both Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson in their review of the Democratic U.S. Senate race, and is endorsing Pam Keith in the contest. The paper acknowledges what has been evident for nearly…

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Miami Herald shamefully defends Jackson Memorial on terrible quality ratings

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When a community’s largest “safety net” hospital receives terrible quality scores from federal reviewers, you’d expect the local paper to take the gloves off with this news. You know, to ensure that residents can make informed choices and avoid unnecessary harm. Not so the Miami Herald, which released Thursday what better resembles a long list of excuses for why Jackson Memorial’s abysmal safety ratings aren’t as bad as they truly are. Jackson Memorial’s attempt to frame its failures as due to “deeply…

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Putting the sugar industry’s history of political contributions into some much-needed context

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Last week, the Miami Herald Mary Ellen Klas reported that Florida’s sugar industry has spent a “whopping” $57.8 million over the last 22 years on political campaign contributions. This number sounds huge. But to those actively involved in Florida’s political process, the number is not so whopping when you’re plying your trade as a health care, theme park/entertainment, utilities or telecommunications industry lobbyist. Here’s why: while Florida sugar companies have contributed significantly, their contributions are right in line or below what other…

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NRSC attacks “Privileged Patrick” Murphy in new television ad to air in Washington D.C.

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(UPDATE) That investigative report by CBS Miami’s Jim DeFede on Democratic Senate candidate Patrick Murphy’s business background continues to enjoy added life in the form of a new television commercial produced by the National Republican Senatorial Committee. The ad, entitled, “A Career Built on Lies,” relies heavily on DeFede’s report, which reported that Murphy has never been a licensed CPA in Florida, nor a small business owner, contrary to his proclamations since he began serving in politics. The ad will be shown only in Washington…

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Todd Wilcox kicks off his “Preserving Peace through Strength” statewide tour in Tampa

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GOP Senate candidate Todd Wilcox says his campaign strategy won’t change a bit if Marco Rubio enters the contest for the seat he gave up over a year ago to run for president. “There’s currently a contrast between me and all the other candidates in this crowded field, and that contrast is as stark between me and them as it will be between me and Marco Rubio,” says Wilcox. The former Iraq War veteran and CIA case officer kicked off his “Preserving Peace through Strength” tour on…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.20.16 — Hacked off

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Condolences this morning to St. Pete Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, who lost her husband, Tampa Bay Times outdoor reporter Terry Tomalin. Condolences to all who knew and loved him. Moving on, the documentary “Weiner” is set to open today in some markets around the country (though not Tampa, though wouldn’t it be great if the Tampa Theatre folks could get it down here?). It’s a documentary on disgraced former NYC Congressman Anthony Weiner’s ill-fated mayoral campaign from a few years ago.…

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Herald columnist says Genting getting “desperate” over Miami-Dade casino

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Florida’s never-ending casino wars are heating up again, in the press and in court. In a scathing op-ed in the Miami Herald, columnist Fabiola Santiago threw shade at Genting, the Malaysian casino operator, over their recent move to sue Miami-Dade County and state attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, saying the move “smacks of desperation.” “Somebody ought to tell Genting that Miami is not Malaysia or Bimini,” wrote Santiago. In this country, courts don’t step in and legislate, nor do they pre-empt police and prosecutors…

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