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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.

More FL Dems announce support for impeachment; Pelosi launches official inquiry

By: - September 24, 2019

For months, less than a handful of members of Florida’s congressional delegation have announced support for impeaching President Trump — but the numbers have changed dramatically in the last 24 hours. The reason: Allegations that Trump pressured the president of Ukraine to open a corruption investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden. This afternoon, House […]

Ashley Moody

Moody: Negotiations in opioid lawsuits ‘extraordinarily difficult’

By: - September 24, 2019

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody says her office is still working hard to maximize Florida’s financial recovery from Purdue Pharma, which the state has sued for its role in promoting the opioid epidemic. Florida is one of 23 states, three territories, and more than 2,000 cities and counties that reached a tentative settlement agreement with […]

Battle over conversion therapy heats up at local, state, and national levels; Orlando weighs ban

By: - September 24, 2019

Jordan Hunter is still haunted years after undergoing conversion therapy, a controversial concept that aims to change a person’s sexual orientation. The Orlando resident, 29, was among detractors of the practice who addressed an Orange County commission meeting earlier this month, pulling out a notebook and reading aloud about the process he endured as a […]

Dem lawmaker talks about “culture of corruption” in FL corrections system

By: - September 23, 2019

(UPDATE) Just days after a leading GOP state senator described Florida’s prison system as “in crisis,” three House Democrats made an unannounced visit to Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala – the site of a recent brutal inmate beating by corrections officers. The group — State Reps. Anna Eskamani and Carlos Guillermo Smith from Orlando and […]

Students from across Florida skip school to participate in global youth climate strike

By: - September 20, 2019

Worried for their future on a planet that grows hotter every year, thousands of young people showed up at protest rallies around the Sunshine State on Friday, demanding their elected officials combat the climate crisis. “Now is not the time to be polite. Or gentle. Or lenient. Now is not the time to expect somebody else to […]

Florida House bill would allow inmates more time off for good behavior

By: - September 19, 2019

A proposal intended to relieve stress on Florida’s correctional officers, save hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, and encourage good behavior by inmates has been filed in the Florida House of Representatives by two Democrats. The legislation, sponsored by Dianne Hart of Tampa and Minority Leader Kionne McGhee of Cutler Bay, would retroactively drop the […]

ACLU sues city of Ocala over policies that criminalize the homeless

By: - September 19, 2019

Claiming that Ocala’s “unconstitutional” ordinances force homeless people to leave town or land in jail, the ACLU of Florida, the Southern Legal Counsel and another attorney filed a class action lawsuit in federal court today against the Central Florida city. The legal groups say the ordinances violate both the U.S. and Florida’s Constitution. What’s called […]

“This department is in crisis,” GOP lawmaker says about FL Corrections agency

By: - September 18, 2019

Facing lawmakers in the Capitol for the first time since inmate beatings by corrections officers sparked headlines, Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mark Inch contended with questions about brutality in Florida’s prison system. “I think it’s a huge problem. I think it’s a humanitarian crisis – what’s going on in our prisons,” Orange County Democratic […]

FL Dems blast Attorney General Moody’s opposition to banning assault weapons

By: - September 18, 2019

Florida Democrats and gun control advocates attacked Attorney General Ashley Moody Wednesday for her “outrageous” stance in opposing a constitutional amendment to prohibit assault weapons. “First, she tries to block the assault weapons ban from even getting on the ballot in the days after the El Paso and Dayton, Ohio shootings,” Florida Democratic Party chair […]

Republican Rep. Paul Renner

A much-heralded criminal justice database may not be complete by the beginning of 2020

By: - September 17, 2019

A critical database of “unprecedented levels of transparency” in tracking criminal information may not be ready for public consumption at the beginning of next year. Two Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee were dissatisfied about that Tuesday, when the Florida Department of Law Enforcement official said the project would likely miss its deadline. The Florida […]

Believe the hype about hemp’s potential, Florida cannabis chief tells Senate committee

By: - September 17, 2019

Florida’s cannabis director hopes to see the first legally authorized commercial hemp seeds planted in the Sunshine State by the beginning of the year There’s been tremendous hype regarding Florida’s burgeoning hemp program, and the woman leading the effort did little to damper that enthusiasm during testimony Tuesday before the Florida Senate Agriculture Committee. Holly […]

Could moderate Republicans merge with mom activists to come up with modest gun regulations in 2020?

By: - September 17, 2019

In Florida’s Capitol, Kate Kile from the Tallahassee chapter of the gun-control group Moms Demand Action, sat outside a committee room with a three-ring binder in her arms. The notebook was filled with 870 personal letters from volunteer members of the group from around the state, calling on Republican State Sen. Tom Lee from Hillsborough […]