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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 GOP Rep. Joe Harding charged in six-count indictment with pandemic aid fraud

By: - December 8, 2022

Update: State Rep. Joe Harding has resigned from the Legislature following his indictment. “Today, effective immediately, I am resigning from my position as the State Representative of House District 24,” he said in a note posted on Facebook. “When I decided to run in in 2019 for the Florida House, I did so for two […]

Bowe Bergdahl’s name surfaces in Oath Keepers member Jeremy Brown’s trial

By: - December 8, 2022

The name of former U.S. Army infantryman Bowe Bergdahl, who deserted his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban for more than four years before eventually being given his dishonorable discharge, has surfaced in the federal prosecution of retired Army Green Beret and Oath Keepers member Jeremy Brown. Brown faces a 10-count […]

Experts conceded hand grenades lacked Jeremy Brown’s DNA in Jan. 6-related case

By: - December 7, 2022

One of the most the most serious charges that Jeremy Brown faces in his trial taking place this week in Tampa is that he possessed two hand grenades that federal agents discovered when they searched his home and RV following his arrest in connection to the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill last year. But […]

The U.S. government presents its case against Jan 6. defendant Jeremy Brown

By: - December 6, 2022

Government lawyers are emphasizing the danger posed by weapons and U.S. Department of Defense documents labeled “secret” that a search of self-professed Oath Keeper Jeremy Brown’s property turned up as his trial progresses in a federal courthouse in Tampa. As the Phoenix has reported, Brown initially was charged with trespassing at the U.S. Capitol on […]

Federal trial in Tampa begins after Jan. 6 defendant Jeremy Brown detained for 14 months

By: - December 5, 2022

In a federal courtroom in Tampa, the trial of Jeremy Brown — a self-described Oath Keepers member, lauded 20-year U.S. Army Special Forces soldier and recently defeated Republican legislative candidate — is set to begin Monday, 14 months after he was arrested and detained in jail in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on […]

Congress members call on Amazon to stop profiting from hate speech that damages Jewish community

By: - December 2, 2022

South Florida Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Lois Frankel are among the nearly three dozen members of Congress calling on the leadership of Amazon to remove a book and film laced with antisemitic tropes that the online retail giant is selling on its website. The representatives write in a letter to Amazon Chief Executive Andy […]

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott wants Senate vote to end military COVID-19 vaccine mandate

By: - November 30, 2022

Arguing that the requirement that all members of the U.S. Armed Forces must be vaccinated against COVID-19 is hurting military readiness, a group of at least 13 Republican U.S. senators – including Florida’s Marco Rubio and Rick Scott – said Wednesday they won’t support an annual military funding bill unless the Senate votes on an […]

U.S. Sens. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, won’t support congressional action to stop potential rail strike

By: - November 29, 2022

President Biden says that Congress needs to pass emergency legislation to avert a nationwide rail strike that would “devastate our economy,” but both of Florida’s Republican U.S. senators say they won’t support such legislative action. Sen. Rick Scott tweeted out Tuesday in direct criticism of Biden: “@JoeBiden failed to get a deal done with rail […]

Coalition calls on Florida Legislature to create committee to focus on climate change

By: - November 28, 2022

More than a dozen environmental and community-based organizations are calling on the new leaders of the Florida Legislature to create a special committee to address climate change, saying that the issue is the biggest threat to the state. “As we speak, Floridians are suffering from horrific hurricane damage, unsafe water, skyrocketing property insurance rates, frequent […]

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” […]