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Mitch Perry Report for 8.12.15 — Hot fun in the summertime?

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Last month marked the 30th anniversary of the legendary Live-Aid concerts that took place in Philadelphia and London. One of the breakout stars of that historic occasion, Boy George, will apparently be in the Tampa Bay area this weekend. That’s right: Culture Club is headlining a group of ’80s and ’90s bands that will be playing all day this Saturday at R.O.C. Park, a new facility filled with softball parks located in Madeira Beach. I first heard of this show when listening to…

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Gary Stein: Symbols and cymbals mark Fourth of July

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As we prepare to celebrate the holiday formally called Independence Day but more commonly known as the Fourth of July, visions of fireworks, barbecue and red, white and blue come to mind. But, taking a step back, I think a more apropos name, albeit less patriotic sounding would be to call it Symbols Day. Most holidays are filled with symbolism, but as secular, government-sanctioned holidays go, “The Fourth” beats them all. Symbols can range from icons to symbolic acts. Flags…

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Senate candidate Pam Keith sounds off on ‘paternalistic’ Florida Democratic Party leadership

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Last weekend in South Florida, the Florida Democratic Party released its LEAD Task Force Report, a look at what went so wrong for the party at the ballot box in 2014. Better messaging is listed as one of the recommendations. “While this message proved powerfully persuasive to many groups, it failed to connect in north and rural Florida, where Democrats fell to new lows,” the report reads. “In 2014, Democrats did not talk to Floridians clearly enough, long  enough, or specifically…

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Mary Mulhern ‘investigating’ a run for Pinellas County CD 13 seat

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Former Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern says she is “investigating” running for political office in 2016, and that includes the possibility of moving to Pinellas County this summer to compete for the CD 13 congressional seat currently held by Republican David Jolly. “I’ve been crunching numbers for months, and networking, and talking to people at all levels of government in Pinellas County, and here (in Hillsborough County), so it’s a definite possibility,” Mulhern told Florida Politics on Thursday night. “But…

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Pat Kemp says she’s the best Democrat in the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 seat

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On Monday, Pat Kemp made official what she has told anyone who asked since last November’s election– she is running again for a Hillsborough County Commission seat in 2016, this time in the District 6 countywide seat being vacated by Kevin Beckner, whose term ends next year. Florida Politics originally reported she would run back in late February, but Kemp didn’t officially file until Monday. The difference since then is that it’s no longer theoretical that she’ll have a challenger…

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Local girl makes good at upcoming Gasparilla film festival

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There will be plenty of features to screen when the Gasparilla International Film Festival takes place next week, beginning next Tuesday March 24, and going through March 30. 140  in all — 60 features and 70 short films, including Odessa, produced and co-starring  Tampa native Grace Santos, who now resides in Los Angeles. The film is described as being about a desperate mother living in a post-apocalyptic Texas who is forced to make a perilous border crossing to save her child’s…

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Guido Maniscalco says Jackie Toledo won’t debate him before Tampa City Council runoff

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Guido Maniscalco says that Jackie Toledo won’t debate him before the March 24 runoff election in the Tampa City Council District 6 race. Earlier this week Maniscalco’s campaign manger, Bryan Farris, sent a letter to Toledo’s home and emailed her campaign consultant, Anthony Pedicini, asking her to participate in a debate this Saturday. Farris says he gave Toledo until this afternoon at 3 p.m. to respond, and says she had not. “I find it distressing that my opponent does not…

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