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Mitch Perry Report for 4.1.15 — The Tampa Bay Times has had enough with some City Council members

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The St. Petersburg City Council won’t be voting on that newly revised agreement that Mayor Rick Kriseman worked out with the Tampa Bay Rays last week that seemingly resolved the main conflict in why the Council didn’t approve the deal last December — the redevelopment rights to Tropicana Field. The new deal the mayor negotiated would ensure that all proceeds from those rights would (rightly) go to the city, and not the departing baseball franchise. But that’s not sufficient enough for several…

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Contrary to DCCC claims, David Jolly says he’s concerned about the high cost of attending college

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Since the 1970s, tuition rates have risen over 1,000 percent, while state funding of universities has declined by 40 percent. And the proportion of young Americans with education debt more than quadrupled, from 5 percent to 22 percent. Pinellas County Republican David Jolly says student debt is a serious issue, and he wants to find a way to help stem the tide. In fact, he told Florida Politics on Monday that he supports Pell Grants, and is open to a…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.31.15 — Jeff Brandes’ civil forfeiture bill advances

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With his role as the legislative chair of the Florida Sheriffs Association, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri is in Tallahassee a lot these days, arguing for or against bills regarding law enforcement. His agency gets a lot of respect from lawmakers, but the FSA doesn’t always get their way. That was what happened late yesterday afternoon, when St. Petersburg state Sen. Jeff Brandes’ civil forfeiture bill that prohibits law enforcement agencies from retaining property and assets seized from individuals who are not…

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