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Mitch Perry Report for 12.16.16 — Friday follies

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Good morning to you all on this, the last Friday MPR I’ll be filing in 2016 … Good news for those of us on the Affordable Care Act: While the GOP-led House of Representative promise to repeal the ACA within the first 100 days of the Trump administration, the date that the provisions of the act will be delayed, according to a report in today’s New York Times, by as “short as two years or as long as three or four years.”…

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St. Pete Pride officials say they intend to move event downtown

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The St. Pete LGBT Pride Parade is moving to downtown St. Pete. But is it a done deal? Traditionally held in the Historic Kenwood neighborhood and Grand Central District, officials with the annual festival now say the parade in 2017 will move to a downtown staging location, beginning at Albert Whitted Park and proceed along Bayshore Drive to Vinoy Park. Officials say this route crosses fewer intersections than the current route, which will make it easier to secure and provides fewer points of…

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Wengay Newton one step closer to Tallahassee, wins HD 70 primary

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Former St. Petersburg City Councilman Wengay Newton is now one step closer to serving in Tallahassee, after besting attorney CJ Czaia and businessman Dan Fiorini in Florida’s House District 70 race, which encompasses portions of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Sarasota and Manatee counties. Newton received 61 percent. Florin was second with 21 percent, and Czaia finished with 17 percent. Fiorini was the legislative aide to former Democratic state Rep. Helen Spivey, a founding member of Pinellas County LGBT rights groups St. Pete Pride…

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St. Pete Pride cancels Pride Fest 5K

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St. Pete Pride has canceled a 5K run Pride Fest weekend so it won’t conflict with a similar #OrlandoUnited event. The St. Pete Pride 5K was originally scheduled for 7 a.m. Saturday, June 25, in Gulfport. But late Thursday, Gulfport officials received an email from organizers: “I am sorry to announce that the St. Pete Pride 5K is officially canceled so not to detract from a similar event being held in Orlando on the same day. “#orlandounited5k is being run…

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Rick Kriseman: ‘I’ll be damned if we’re going to let violence stop us’ from celebrating St. Pete Pride weekend

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and police Chief Anthony Holloway met with members of the community and media Thursday to reassure them that Pride weekend would go ahead as planned, but with a bit more security. The reassurances became necessary in the wake of Sunday’s shooting at the gay Pulse nightclub in Orlando that left 49 dead and more than 50 wounded. Officials said they’d gotten many questions from people wondering if the June 25 Pride parade and the June…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.14.16 — Will Trump’s tough talk help his candidacy?

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When it comes to foreign lands, Americans can sometimes be strangely provincial. Polls traditionally show that Americans think we give too much foreign aid. The Kaiser Family Foundation found last year that the average respondent estimated that 26 percent went toward assisting other countries, when in fact it’s just less than 1 percent. So when Donald Trump says in a speech in Manchester, New Hampshire that there was a “tremendous flow” of Syrian refugees coming into the U.S., it’s important to note…

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St. Pete Pride organizers say they won’t be deterred

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St. Pete Pride Festival officials say as of now, no major changes are planned for Pride weekend events scheduled to take place June 24-26, in the wake of the gun shooting massacre that occurred early Sunday morning at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. “No single act of hate can detour us from coming together as a community,” says Eric Skains, Executive Director of St Pete Pride, in a statement issued Sunday. “Pride and unity is more important now than ever…

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