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Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has spent the past 18 years covering news and politics in the Sunshine State, most recently with FloridaPolitics.com. He worked for five years as the political editor of Creative Loafing in Tampa, and before that he was the assistant news director at WMNF radio, where he served as creator/anchor/producer of the hour-long WMNF Evening News. A San Francisco native, Mitch began his career at KPFA Radio in Berkeley in the 1990's.

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Fl Democrats, Republicans unite against amendment allowing independents to vote in primary elections

By: - October 2, 2019

Representatives from both the Florida Republican and Democratic parties filed legal briefs this week with the Florida Supreme Court registering opposition to the proposed “All Voters Vote” constitutional amendment. Florida is a “closed primary” state, meaning only voters registered with the Democratic or Republican parties can vote in party primary elections for the Legislature, governor and […]

These criminal justice reforms are now the law in Florida

By: - October 2, 2019

Reforms to Florida’s criminal justice system went into effect this week which lawmakers passed during 2019 session of the Florida Legislature. Among the new laws: – The threshold at which theft becomes a felony is now at $750, raised from $300. – Reforms driver license suspensions and revocations.* – Extends the time limits to report […]

Marco Rubio, Rick Scott call on NEA to explain exhibit featuring Che Guevara

By: - October 1, 2019

Florida’s two U.S. senators – Marco Rubio and Rick Scott – have written a blistering letter demanding that the chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) explain its support for an exhibition containing a glowing image of Che Guevara. “Guevara was a sadistic butcher who murdered and tortured innocent people,” Rubio and Scott […]

Seniors advocates poised to call out President Trump during Villages appearance

By: - October 1, 2019

President Trump is scheduled to visit the Villages on Thursday to sign an executive order ostensibly protecting Medicare, but Democrats and seniors are protesting his “broken promises” regarding the federal government’s health care plan for those 65 and over. Members of the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans, the Sumter Democratic Executive Committee and local seniors […]

The mother of Trayvon Martin draws support from big-name Democrats in Miami-Dade County Commission race

By: - September 30, 2019

Presidential candidate Cory Booker and Hillary Clinton are endorsing Sybrina Fulton in her race for Miami-Dade County Commissioner in 2020. Fulton is the mom of Trayvon Martin, whose shooting death in Central Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer in 2012 caused a nationwide firestorm over racial profiling and, in Florida, concerns over the controversial Stand […]

Proposal would ban guns in childcare facilities in FL

By: - September 30, 2019

Concealed weapons are prohibited in a variety of public places in Florida, including elementary and secondary schools — but not in childcare facilities. Trying to correct that, two Democrats have filed legislation to add daycare facilities to the list of public places where guns are prohibited in Florida. “There is no valid reason for a […]

Miami-Dade Democratic state Rep. Dotie Joseph is co-sponsoring the ERA resolution in the Florida House

Momentum on Equal Rights Amendment? Some GOP female lawmakers side with Dems on ERA

By: - September 30, 2019

On Women’s Equality Day last month, a group of spirited women rights activists rallied in the state Capitol, calling on the Florida Legislature to finally ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in 2020. “We only need one more state to ratify, and we want it to be our state. The state of Florida,” said Linda Miklowitz, […]

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Central Florida won’t house immigrant children at detention facility after all

By: - September 27, 2019

Two months ago, the Trump administration was looking at possible sites in Central Florida for a shelter to hold immigrant children detained along the U.S.- Mexican border, according to reports — but that won’t happen, says Democratic U.S. Rep. Val Demings. In a tweet, the Central Florida Congresswoman wrote that she had learned that Florida […]

FL contends with first official vaping death: Will Gov. DeSantis follow other states in banning vaping?

By: - September 27, 2019

(Updated) With vaping-related illnesses and deaths expanding in Florida and 37 other states, governors in at least four states have enacted bans on vaping-related products. So far, Gov. Ron DeSantis is not one of them. On Thursday, DeSantis said state officials are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how best […]

Gov. DeSantis not impressed by U.S. House impeachment inquiry by Democrats

By: - September 26, 2019

While the political world was transfixed on Washington D.C. by a whistleblower complaint and potential impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday blasted the move by U.S. House Democrats as “a charade.” “People ask me, ‘do you miss being in Washington?”’ DeSantis said during a press conference in the Panhandle. The […]

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Democratic Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried faces criticism: “Why is she accepting money from fossil fuel companies?”

By: - September 26, 2019

Last month, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried’s political committee got a $25,000 contribution from one of the state’s biggest utility companies – Florida Power & Light Company. The August 30 contribution came as the company was waiting to hear from a state regulatory agency regarding energy efficiency goals. Last week, attorneys for Fried’s office weighed in […]

New report examines unchecked “crisis” with Florida’s most vulnerable young girls

By: - September 25, 2019

Vulnerable young girls – including young girls of color, those identifying as LGBT, and others in rural areas — face significant rates of violence and victimization in Florida, according to a new report. “We must always remind ourselves these children are first and foremost dependent child victims of the worst abuse, the worst neglect, trafficking […]