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Mitch Perry Report for 1.5.17 – Poll says voters want Dems like Bill Nelson to fight Donald Trump when necessary

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We’ve heard from several Florida Democrats (such as Kathy Castor and Charlie Crist) that, when appropriate, they look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump once he takes office later this month. The question for them and other Democrats concerned about their own poll numbers as well as what’s good for the country is where and when they decide to go along with Trump and, more likely, when do they oppose him. On a conference call yesterday, the folks with the Center for American Progress provided the details…

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13 members of Miami-Dade DEC file complaint over Stephen Bittel’s election as state committeeman

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The race for the Florida Democratic Party Chair position gets more contentious by the day. On Tuesday, thirteen members of the Miami-Dade Democratic Executive Committee filed a complaint to the Florida Democratic Party (FDP) regarding the special election held on December 20th during which Stephen Bittel was voted as Miami-Dade State Committeeman, defeating former state Senator Dwight Bullard. Bittel’s election made his eligible to run for the state party chair position next week in Orlando. The grievance sent to FDP Chair…

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Alan Clendenin dismisses complaint filed against him as ‘baseless’

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The battle to be the next chair of the Florida Democratic Party is becoming increasingly crazy – and intense. Two of the five candidates have had to move to different counties to be eligible for the position and one of them, Alan Clendenin, has been hit with a complaint regarding his election as state committeeman in Bradford County last month. On Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Times Adam Smith was first to report that Patricia Byrd, a state committeewoman in Bay County, filed a complaint last week with current chair Allison Tant, calling…

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Alan Clendenin details how he will attempt change in Florida Democratic Party culture

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With the Florida Democratic Party chair election slated for the middle of this month, jockeying for the position begins this week. On New Year’s Eve, Alan Clendenin sent a memo to Florida Democratic Party State Executive Committee members on immediate reforms he would implement if elected to succeed Allison Tant. Clendenin lost to Tant for the party chair position four years ago, and the Tampa Democrat (who relocated to Bradford County two weeks ago to make him eligible to run this year) is determined to take the…

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Stephen Bittel makes official his run for Florida Dems’ chair

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Fresh off his step-three victory last week among Miami Democrats, Stephen Bittel has formally launched his candidacy to become chairman of the Florida Democratic Party. Bittel announced his candidacy Tuesday, though he’s been securing endorsements and backing for weeks for the vacancy created by the departure of FDP Chairwoman Allison Tant. The Democrats will select their new leader Jan. 14. Bittel has been among several prominent Democratic activists around the state trying just to qualify for the opportunity to run…

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Alan Clendenin moves to Bradford County, becomes state committeeman, now running for Florida Democratic Party Chair

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Two weeks ago, it appeared that Alan Clendenin‘s hopes for becoming state chair of the Florida Democratic Party died after falling twelve votes short of being re-elected as Hillsborough County’s state committeeman. That position is one of just a handful in local Democratic Party politics that would qualify a candidate to run for state party chair. But in a stunning development, the DNC Committeeman and Tampa resident moved in recent days to North Florida, specifically Hampton in Bradford County, where there was a vacancy for their state committeeman position. On Monday…

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Mitch Perry Report for 12.20.16 – Our driverless future?

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Among the 2017 priorities that the Hillsborough County Regional Transit Authority’s government liaison, Cesar Hernandez told board members on Monday, one would be to continue to push for anything that can push autonomous vehicle technology forward in the new year. In case you’re not familiar with the whole driverless car concept, you should know that the Sunshine State, led by St. Petersburg Republican state Senator Jeff Brandes enthusiasm and advocacy, is in the vanguard of states when it comes to this new form of transportation. Earlier this year, the…

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