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Mitch Perry Report for 1.2.17 – Praising Dalvin Cook

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Happy New Year! Today in Tampa, the Outback Bowl takes place, one of four college bowl games on tap on this national holiday. Traditionally, New Years Day is college football’s big day, but that has changed in recent years, with the College Football Playoff semi-final games on Saturday night taking center stage (also, the NCAA bowed down to the NFL on Sunday to allow them to finish up its regular season). We’re now a week away from Tampa hosting the third annual National…

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Analysis: Barack Obama in campaign form with final State of the Union

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President Barack Obama opened his State of the Union speech saying he’d keep it short, in what must have seemed music to the ears of some in the chamber antsy to get to Iowa to campaign for president. At times, Obama looked like he was one of them, eager to challenge biting criticism from Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and other Republicans. Obama was at turns boastful and biting, confident and sarcastic. Anyone who says the economy…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.26.15 – Iowa

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Good morning, everyone. Welcome to the working week. Well, we’re 98 days until the Iowa caucuses, a political lifetime away, right? Well, yes and know. The trend there had been set, but that turned upside down last week when Ben Carson swooped over Donald Trump in two polls taken from the Hawkeye State. Now, I know this is anecdotal, but check out this New York Times story by Trip Gabriel about why Iowans like the retired pediatric neurosurgeon. “He is kind…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.19.15 — Jeb pushes the nuclear option in trying to bring down Trump

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It’s not surprising that Donald Trump has touched upon the third rail of 9/11 politics by mentioning the inconvenient fact that George W. Bush was president when America was hit by its worst terrorist attack in the lower 48. No, what’s surprising is that Trump didn’t go there when the occasion came up during the last GOP presidential debate. You remember, the one where Jeb Bush said that his brother “kept America safe”? After Trump brought up the issue with…

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Steve Schale is one Florida Democrat who wants Joe Biden to enter presidential campaign

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Reports continued to surface over the weekend that Joe Biden is calling old friends and potential allies about the possibility that he could enter into the Democratic presidential race. In some quarters of the Democratic Party, there are increasing concerns about the viability of front-runner Hillary Clinton‘s candidacy, as reports of the current “emailgate” scandal continue to emerge. Although she maintains a strong lead nationally and in most states against Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator’s rising poll numbers in New Hampshire…

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Rand Paul and 2016: A message of change, delivered deadpan

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Change? For sure. Hope? Maybe not so much. That’s Rand Paul‘s approach to winning the White House when the original hope-and-change candidate, Barack Obama, vacates it in early 2017. Ready to enter the chase for the Republican presidential nomination this week, the first-term Kentucky senator has designs on changing how members of his party go about getting elected to the White House and how they govern once they get there. He will do so with an approach to politics that…

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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

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Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Former Gov. Martin O’Malley, D-Md.; Victoria Reggie Kennedy. ___ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Victoria Kennedy; former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I. ___ CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and John McCain, R-Ariz.; Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; former Sens. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine; former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark. ___ CNN’s “State of the Union” — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio;…

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