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Mitch Perry Report for 3.8.16 – Bloomy, we hardly knew ye

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To the surprise of virtually anybody, Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday that he will not run for president as an independent this year. Writing on um,  Bloomberg View, the former New York City Mayor announced that after serious contemplation, he will not run this year, despite the concerns he has about the campaigns from both the Democratic and Republican parties. “As the race stands now, with Republicans in charge of both Houses, there is a good chance that my candidacy could…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.7.16 – Dems tag team on Rick Snyder in Flint

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Wouldn’t it be interesting, as comedian Sarah Silverman noted on Real Time with Bill Maher Friday night, for all of the candidates — Republicans and Democrats — to debate at one time? The differences between the two parties standard-bearers would become event more evident. Take the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, for example. During Thursday night’s GOP debate in Detroit, the Fox News crew asked all of one question about the situation in the Detroit suburb. That’s where thousands of children from mostly low-income…

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More Tampa Democrats indicate no interest in open legislative seats in Hillsborough County

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In a few days from now, or perhaps a few weeks, Democrats in Hillsborough County may rise to announce that they’re challenging Republicans in two nearly created opportunities where analysts believe they have a decent shot at winning in a presidential election year. But that’s not the case today. With a new Senate seat created as part of the implementation of a redistricting lawsuit, Tampa Republican Dana Young has announced that she will depart her House District 60 seat that she’s held since…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.20.16 — Democratic Party establishment freaks out over Bernie Sanders

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If one were a better person, the most likeliest general election matchup in the presidential race nine months from now would be Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton. That scenario may never happen, but based strictly on the polls, those two candidates lead their respective parties nationally. There could be an interesting debate about who might win that race, but if that comes to pass after the conventions in July, we’ll all have plenty of time to chew that over. What…

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New report blasts TBX project as a “boondoggle”

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(Updated with FDOT response below) The Florida Department of Transportation’s Tampa Bay Express project has been controversial since it was introduced last year. The first phase of “TBX” would add tolled express lanes to I-275 in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, as well as to I-4 and I-275, at a cost of an estimated $3.3 billion, It’s been met with immediate and unified opposition by the local neighborhoods which will be impacted by the expansion of the downtown interchange portion of I-275,…

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Tampa Bay Partnership lays out goals in advance of Legislative Session

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Among the many duties that Rick Homans has had since becoming CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership two months ago, was crafting an agenda to lobby state lawmakers regarding major infrastructure projects he says would enhance the Tampa Bay area overall, and not the eight individual counties that comprise the Tampa Bay area. Friday afternoon the organization made that public, and it’s extensive. The list includes: A $22.5 million appropriation request to construct the new Morsani College of Medicine and USF Heart…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.13.15 – All aboard the Sunshine Summit

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Happy Friday to you all, and what a weekend it will be as virtually the entire Republican presidential field (including Jim Gilmore!) makes its way to Orlando for the next two days for the Republican Party of Florida’s Sunshine Summit. We’re off to the event shortly ourselves, so let’s be succinct: Will we hear more about who’s the toughest of them all when it comes to immigration? Let’s face it, none of the candidates are going to go as extreme…

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