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Mitch Perry Report for 6.27.16 — The auditioning begins to be Hillary’s VP pick

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First of all, our condolences go out this morning to the family and friends of Tampa’s Stacy Frank, who died over the weekend from lung cancer at the age of 61. Well, we’re less than a month away from both political conventions taking place. Traditionally, the biggest news there (or in the days before) is the revelation of the running-mates of the respective nominees. We can speculate about who might be the Republican VP nominee later, but let’s focus this…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.17.16 – Elizabeth Warren for VP momentum grows

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Democrats in Kentucky and Oregon go to the polls tonight, and all indications are Bernie Sanders will win at least one those two contests. Not that it will make much of a dent in Hillary Clinton‘s delegate lead. The way the party apportions delegates, he’s simply not going to be able to catch up by next month in pledged delegates to overcome her lead. Tensions continue to grow within the two camps, especially with Sanders supporters after the chaos that ensued…

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Top St. Pete headlines in 2015: No. 10 – Paid paternity leave

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Editor’s note: As 2015 winds down, SPB is taking a look back at the year’s news in St. Pete and assembled a list of the top 10 most interesting developments. Whether the news evoked outrage in the community, excitement or even heartbreak, these are the top headlines of the past year. No. 10: Paid paternity leave Mayor Rick Kriseman announced in December 2014 that he would change city policy to allow six weeks paid leave for new parents. The change, effective…

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Report says only 1 in 8 unemployed Floridians receives aid — lowest rate in the country

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In 2011, the Florida Legislature began to impose sweeping new restrictions and procedural hurdles for Floridians applying for unemployment insurance. However, problems with the $60 million 2013 unveiling of the state unemployment website CONNECT forced applicants to wait months for their benefits. According to a new report, those restrictions have made it so onerous for the jobless in Florida that fewer than one in eight unemployed workers receive unemployment benefits, the lowest recipiency rate in the country. Ain’t No Sunshine: Fewer than…

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St. Pete gets nod from U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez for its paid leave policy

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U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez made a stop in St. Pete Wednesday afternoon to give Mayor Rick Kriseman a pat on the back for his leadership in expanding the city’s paid leave policy for employees. Perez told city employees they won the “boss” lottery. “But you shouldn’t have to win the boss lottery to take care of a sick kid,” Perez said, adding that leave policies should also include provisions for the care of a sick parent. The…

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Kathy Castor “leaning no” regarding her vote on the Trans Pacific Partnership

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Tampa Democratic Representative Kathy Castor says she is leaning against giving “fast track” authority to President Obama for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade deal involving the U.S. and 11 South American and Pacific Rim nations that if enacted would be the largest trade deal since the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Mexico, Canada and the U.S. Last week leaders of tax committees in both the House and Senate agreed to legislation that gives Congress the right…

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