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Mitch Perry Report for 12.6.16 – “Run, Joe, Run” was so 2015, wasn’t it?

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One of my favorite sections of Bernie Sanders interview with Matt Taibbi in the current Rolling Stone is when the curmudgeonly Vermont Senator bitches about the corporate establishment media. “They live in a bubble, talk about their world, worry about who’s going to be running 18 years from now for office,” he says. “Meanwhile, people can’t feed their kids. That’s something I knew.” I write that as a prelude to the stories that floated yesterday that Joe Biden made some offhanded remark about perhaps running for president in…

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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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Mark Ober isn’t keen on Tampa’s move to decriminalize possession of pot

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Just in case anyone thought otherwise, Mark Ober wants people to know he works hard at his job as Hillsborough County State Attorney. “It is a full-time job,” he told approximately 80 people who attended the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee meeting Tuesday night at MOSI in North Tampa. “I live and breathe the office of State Attorney, and I need your help.” Ober is finishing out the last year of his fourth term as Hillsborough County State Attorney, and he’s now running…

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Rick Kriseman tells Charlotte Observer that St. Pete is “welcoming, inclusive and open for business”

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The good-natured rivalry between Tampa Bay area Mayors Bob Buckhorn and Rick Kriseman now transcends Major League Baseball, with both of them pitching their cities to businesses looking to relocate because of ordinances perceived to be discriminatory to the LGBT community. The St. Petersburg mayor wrote an op-ed that appeared on The Charlotte Observer‘s website on Wednesday, where he writes that “there has never been a better time for Florida, and especially St. Petersburg, to send the message that we are…

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Bob Buckhorn pitches PayPal on relocating to Tampa from North Carolina

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Can North Carolina’s controversial religious freedom law that critics say discriminates against the LGBT community redound to Tampa’s advantage? That’s what Bob Buckhorn hopes for, after PayPal announced on Tuesday that it was their canceling plans for a new operation center that would have employed over 400 people in Charlotte, North Carolina, citing that new law. “The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture,” wrote Dan Schulman,…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.30.16 – What happened to the moderate, affable Pat McCrory?

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Back in 2009-2010, the folks behind the Moving Hillsborough Forward brought Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory to Tampa on three different occasions to advise local officials on how to pass the one-cent sales tax referendum for transit on the November 2010 ballot in Hillsborough County. As we all remember, the measure went down to a resounding defeat, but McCrory came off to most of the local media as well. I used the adjective “engaging” on at least one occasion to describe McCrory. “Affable”…

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