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Mitch Perry Report for 11.29.16 — Will President Trump ‘terminate’ Obama deal with Cuba?

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The first regularly scheduled flight in more than 50 years flew from Miami to Havana yesterday morning, just in time to begin the formal mourning for Fidel Castro, which leads to the question du jour — What will Donald Trump do with the Cuba-U.S. relations? The President-elect tweeted that “If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate deal.” To date, Cuba hasn’t appeared to reciprocate very much in terms of the U.S.’s…

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Ralph Fernandez convinced Obama policy on Cuba a major factor in Florida going red

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Did President Obama’s latest executive actions regarding Cuba policy in October incite hardline exiles to vote for Donald Trump in large enough numbers to help him win Florida? That belief was pushed by some in the immediate days after the election, and is getting more life from a Hillary Clinton supporter who knows the Cuban exile community very well in the wake of Fidel Castro’s death over the weekend. Ralph Fernandez is a lifelong Democrat who helped raise money for Clinton’s campaign in…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.28.16 -While USF football soars, attendance doesn’t

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For the first time time since September of 2011, the University of South Florida’s football program is ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. This comes after the Bulls defeated cross I-4 rival UCF at Raymond James Stadium. They’re tied at 24, and have finished their regular season at 10-2, their most impressive record since beginning their program 20 years ago. It’s good times on Fowler Avenue, particularly for those folks who have hopes of building a new stadium on…

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In Tampa, agreement that Fidel Castro was one of a kind

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There was no harsher a critic of the Fidel Castro regime in Cuba than Ralph Fernandez. Yet the Tampa attorney who represented several former political prisoners in Cuba over the past several decades says that nobody ever challenged the U.S. government as the longtime Cuban leader, who died Friday at the age of 90. “The guy stood up to America like no one could. He represented a shrimp of a country, just a dot on the map, and he was just in our face,…

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John Sykes makes the financial ask for Mark Ober’s campaign

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For the first time in many an election cycle in Hillsborough County, the contests in what are referred to as the “constitutional offices” – Clerk of the Court, Property Appraiser and State Attorney – are being fiercely contested as the calendar moves into May (the Sheriffs office is another such office, but no Democrat is challenging incumbent David Gee). Republican incumbent Mark Ober was elected in what was an open seat in the State Attorney’s office back in 2000, and has…

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Al Fox and Ralph Fernandez engage in ‘great debate’ over U.S. Cuba relations in Ybor City

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It was billed as “The Great Debate” with two of the most prominent Tampa residents on the issue of Cuba, Al Fox and Ralph Fernandez, duking it out on whether the United States should end the 54-year-old economic embargo against the Castro-led government. Hundreds jammed into the historic Centro Asturiano building in Ybor City for a 90-minute forum hosted by the Tampa Tiger Bay Club on Monday night, and judging by the laughs alone, were thoroughly entertained by these two passionate advocates when it comes to…

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Debate on normalizing relations with Cuba slated in Tampa tonight

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While the breakthrough in U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba has been met with restraint in Miami, most lawmakers and business leaders in Tampa have embraced the new rules relaxing restrictions on trade and travel with the Communist island that began at the beginning of this year. And while overall more Cuban Americans in the Tampa Bay area appear eager for the 54-year-old economic sanctions to end soon, it’s hardly a universal sentiment. Being billed somewhat hyperbolically as “10 years in the making,” The…

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