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Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has covered politics and government in Florida for more than two decades. Most recently he is the former politics reporter for Bay News 9. He has also worked at Florida Politics, Creative Loafing and WMNF Radio in Tampa. He was also part of the original staff when the Florida Phoenix was created in 2018.

FL House Dems say ‘technical’ rule changes will hurt them, their constituents

By: - November 23, 2022

Rule changes in the Florida House that Republicans said were just “technical updates” were opposed unanimously by Democrats this week, who claim the changes will hurt them and their constituents. “There were just a number of changes to the bill that we do not believe were as minor as the majority party tried to convey, […]

Add auto insurance to the increasing costs of living in Florida

By: - November 23, 2022

Florida lawmakers are scheduled to return to Tallahassee soon for another special session to deal with the state’s property insurance crisis. But it’s not just homes and condos where Floridians pay high insurance costs, but automobiles as well. In fact, Florida’s auto insurance rates are among the top in the nation. An analysis from insure.com […]

Florida Speaker of the House Paul Renner takes aim at ‘ideologues’

By: - November 22, 2022

In his first speech as Florida Speaker of the House, Paul Renner focused Tuesday on bread-and-butter measures such as reducing taxes and making housing more attainable but also touched on a culture war agenda that has defined the Ron DeSantis regime in Tallahassee. At the Legislature’s organizational meeting Tuesday morning, Renner took aim at “ideologues” […]

Democratic Leader Fentrice Driskell: ‘We will call out injustice…we will call for the truth.’

By: - November 21, 2022

Newly designated House Democratic Leader Fentrice Driskell told colleagues Monday evening that the next two years will be challenging as Democrats in the 120-member House face the largest GOP majority in history. “We may be the minority, but we will be a vocal and principled minority,” said Driskell, the first Black woman to lead the […]

U.S. Sens. Rubio and Scott voted against advancing federal marriage equality law

By: - November 16, 2022

Florida’s two Republican U.S. senators – Marco Rubio and Rick Scott — both voted Wednesday against a procedural measure that would federally recognize and protect same-sex marriage and interracial marriage. The measure advanced on a 62-37 vote, and it will go back before the Senate for a final vote as soon as this week. Neither […]

FL Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz: Will he stay or go following abysmal election for Dems?

By: - November 15, 2022

Calls for Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz to step down are growing following one of the worst performances by the party ever in last week’s midterm election. Next week the Democratic County Chairs Association (DCCA) – a statewide caucus chartered by the party – will meet virtually to discuss Diaz’ status. “I am hearing from […]

Charlie Crist is clearing out his campaign accounts, sending donations to 20 statewide groups

By: - November 14, 2022

With his political future unknown after a resounding loss to Ron DeSantis in the governor’s race last week, Charlie Crist is clearing out his campaign accounts by donating the remainder of his financial contributions to 20 statewide organizations, his campaign announced Monday. Among the progressive groups receiving funds are Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Ruth’s List […]

Are FL Republicans ready for a Trump-DeSantis clash for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination?

By: - November 14, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decisive reelection victory last week carried significant GOP coattails throughout the state, ending a debate for now about whether Florida is truly a red state. But it also changed the narrative about the 2024 presidential race amongst the conservative intelligentsia – with DeSantis being hailed as the savior they have been yearning […]

Incoming FL House Democratic leader: ‘We have to claw and fight our way out of this supermajority’

By: - November 11, 2022

Florida’s incoming House Democratic Leader, Fentrice Driskell, reflected this week on the challenges ahead for her caucus now that more Republicans will be in the Florida Legislature. Following the 2022 election, the House and Senate chambers became GOP “supermajorities.” “As the minority party, we are called to be the party of the loyal opposition,” says […]

At U.N. conference, Pelosi, Castor tout ‘real concrete action’ on billions of climate projects

By: - November 10, 2022

Speaking at the U.N. Climate Change Conference on Thursday, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Kathy Castor said there is more work to be done, but recent climate change legislation signed by President Joe Biden allows the United States to participate at a higher level on the global stage when it comes to reducing […]

With Nicole approaching, voting groups want state to extend time to ‘cure’ ballots

By: - November 9, 2022

The deadline for Florida voters who need to “cure” their vote-by-mail is Thursday at 5 p.m., but a coalition of voting rights groups want Gov. Ron DeSantis and Secretary of State Cord Byrd to extend that deadline with Tropical Storm Nicole heading to Florida later tonight. More than 16,000 Florida voters have had their vote-by-mail […]

Florida GOP flips three congressional seats and now has 20 members in delegation

By: - November 9, 2022

Although the U.S. House of Representatives had not officially flipped to Republican control as of late Wednesday morning, if it does incoming GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy should give a personal shout out to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. That’s because it was the congressional redistricting map that DeSantis pushed the Florida Legislature to approve earlier […]