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Mitch Perry Report for 1.3.17 – Remembering Justice Perry’s words

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With Republicans in control of all branches of state government for what is approaching nearly two decades, one check on their levers of power has been the Florida Supreme Court, which has at times has served as a safeguard to what some would call the Legislature’s worst excesses, such as redistricting and the death penalty. Until last month, Gov. Rick Scott hadn’t been able to do a damn thing about the state’s highest court, but that changed when Justice James E.C. Perry was required to step…

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Capitol Press Corps members talk shop after 2016 Session

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Members of the Florida Capitol Press Corps broke down the 2016 Legislative Session at the Capital City Tiger Bay Club’s April meeting on Friday, April Fool’s Day. Reporters Gary Fineout of the Associated Press, Tia Mitchell of the Florida Times-Union, Bill Cotterell of the Tallahassee Democrat, Matt Dixon of POLITICO Florida, and Dara Kam of News Service of Florida answered questions posed by PR pro Christina Johnson, founder of On3 Public Relations. Much of the conversation was more or less exposition of what went down during the annual lawmaking period,…

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Marco Rubio getting trounced in new Florida presidential poll

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He was the toast of the town after his successful announcement in Miami in April, but Marco Rubio’s presidential ambitious appear to be shrinking by the day. A Florida presidential poll released on Wednesday night shows Donald Trump and Jeb Bush in a virtual tie, with Trump at 27 percent and Bush at 26. Rubio is at 7 percent support, burying him with a host of other candidates hovering between 8 and 6 percent in the survey, conducted by Opinion Savvy and…

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Reporters’ roundtable: Lawmakers back again, and again, to Tallahassee

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Expect Florida lawmakers to spend a long hot summer in Tallahassee. And they will be at the state Capitol for a pretty contentious fall as well. And they just might, with a little luck, be able to fit in a holiday break before returning for the 2016 legislative session in January. That’s the consensus of a handful of Capitol reporters who spoke Wednesday at a Florida Leadership luncheon co-hosted by Sachs Media Group about the busted 2015 session that failed to…

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Florence Snyder: Impossible to miss racist content in Matt Gaetz tweet

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Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Ft. Walton Beach, isn’t the only Tallahassee twerp to publicly disrespect his elders and betters, but he’s the first in memory to be called to account in the court of public opinion. Gaetz, 31, got his law license all of seven years ago and doesn’t have much to show in the way of legislative achievements for his five years in the House. He is better known as a master of the Twitterverse, where he spends a lot…

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Jeff Atwater, Jose Oliva & Florida Senate stars of Capitol Press Corps Skits

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The Florida Senate’s creative use of music and a whimsical self-awareness among members of the Florida Cabinet were among the highlights of the 60th (Sometimes) Annual Capitol Press Corps Skits Tuesday night. Reporters and politicos lampooned each other with the House and Attorney General Pam Bondi paying Times reporter Michael Van Sickler maybe the profession’s highest compliment – the jokes at his expense revealed they are really glad he’s leaving town for a gig downstate. Tia Mitchell demanded attention with…

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Annual Capitol Press skit show skewers Tallahassee elite

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News will take a backseat to humor Tuesday night when the Capitol Press Corps presents the 60th edition of the sometimes Annual Press Skits; a tradition that began when the senior members of Florida’s political/media class were toddlers. “It’s become ingrained in the culture of Tallahassee, said Steve Bousquet, appearing in his 21st Press Skits show. “You almost have to be a part of Tallahassee to get the jokes and they serve as sort of a release valve for lawmakers…

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