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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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Bill Nelson lauds Florida Democratic Party chair contender Stephen Bittel

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Controversy continues to swirl around the selection process to determine who is eligible to run next month for the job of Florida Democratic Party chair, Sen. Bill Nelson is now weighing in with his most effusive comments to date about Stephen Bittel, the Coconut Grove real-estate magnate and major political donor seeking to become the next chairman of the FDP. Bittel is slated to face former state Sen. Dwight Bullard for a position in the Miami-Dade Democratic Party next Tuesday, with the winner expected to run for the party chair position…

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Herald: Kendrick Meek scrambles to solidify backing in Senate race

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A must-read from Beth Reinhard on how Kendrick Meek’s shoe-leather campaign that collected 125,000 voter signatures hasn’t taken Meek farther than a distant third place in the polls, behind Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio, and with Jeff Greene closing in. An excerpt: So five weeks before the primary, the Miami congressman finds himself shoring up support in his own back yard. His seven stops on Sunday included a gospel music-infused church in Lauderdale Lakes, a Miami union hall, and heavily…

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