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Mitch Perry Report for 11.20.16 — Bill de Blasio’s big moment?

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In New York City today, Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to give a “major speech” on the presidential election’s impact on the city. De Blasio wants help from the feds to pay for the additional security costs in dealing with the fact that the president-elect’s home is literally in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. The NYPD has already put about an additional 50 officers on each shift during daytime hours to manage the flow of traffic in the immediate…

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Billionaires put pop in advocates’ push for soda taxes

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After years of stamping out soda tax proposals with well-financed campaigns, Big Soda is suddenly finding itself up against bigger adversaries. Voters and lawmakers in five municipalities such as San Francisco and the county that includes Chicago approved special taxes on sugary drinks last week, with advocates saying the victories point to a change in public attitudes and the beginnings of a movement. What’s also changed, though, is that they’re now backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who as mayor of…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.20.16 — Rick Kriseman works on turning it around

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David Jolly seemed to take particular relish in last night’s debate, after Charlie Crist attacked him for being unresponsive to asking for federal help for St. Petersburg’s sewage problems post-Hurricane Hermine. “Because the mayor who’s endorsed you who oversaw this catastrophe did not ask for it,” Jolly responded, which received a loud cheer from the crowd, which seemed evenly split among Jolly and Crist supporters. It’s undoubtedly true the recent issues with sewage have become Mayor Rick Kriseman’s biggest challenge…

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NRA backs Daniel Webster in CD 11 race

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The National Rifle Association is supporting Daniel Webster in the race for Florida’s 11th Congressional District seat. “On behalf of our five million members across the country, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund is proud to endorse Daniel Webster in the August 30, 2016 primary in the 11thCongressional District. We thank him for his steadfast support of the Second Amendment and his dedication to defending the rights of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen,” said NRA-PVF Chairman Chris Cox in a statement. The…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.28.16 — Hillary’s turn

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President Barack Obama certainly set the bar high for Hillary Clinton‘s acceptance speech tonight at the Democratic National Convention, but most fair-minded people will know that going in. Even his harshest critics acknowledge that Barack Obama is one of the finest orators our nation has ever had in the White House, and the grading curve should be different from everyone else. But by this point, it should be obvious about what we’re going to hear tonight — a healthy dose of optimism about this country,…

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Barack Obama passes the baton to Hillary Clinton

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The first black president made the case for electing the first female president at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia late Wednesday night. Barack Obama made a speech that some might say was as much a paean to the U.S. of America as it was for keeping the presidency in the Democratic Party’s hands for another four years by electing Hillary Clinton, who served as his secretary of state in his first term. Whether or not Obama’s speech will go down as the…

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Michael Bloomberg on Donald Trump — This isn’t reality television, it’s reality

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Attending a political convention can get a bit monotonous after awhile. In the case of the DNC in Philadelphia, well, the story being repeated every minute of every hour is, of course, the Democrats are really good, Hillary Clinton is awesome, and Donald Trump is really, really bad. These conventions are ultimately television programs (no matter how much of it isn’t actually shown to the public), and in the country, the fastest growing political party is those with no party affiliation.…

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