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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.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott endorses Trump over DeSantis for president

By: - November 2, 2023

Florida U.S. Senator Rick Scott on Thursday endorsed Donald Trump for president – bypassing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. “I know most of the candidates running for president, and I respect their decision to put themselves through this very difficult process,” Scott wrote in an op-ed published Thursday in Newsweek. “They’ve made their case to voters, […]

USF survey: Majority of Americans support military aid to Israel, humanitarian aid to Palestinians

By: - November 1, 2023

As the Israel-Hamas conflict continues into its second month, a new nationwide survey from the University of South Florida shows that a majority of Americans (59%) support providing military aid to Israel. And an even greater majority (66%) support the U.S. providing humanitarian aid to Palestinians affected by the war. The public opinion survey comes as […]

How Nikki Haley is overtaking FL’s Ron DeSantis as the alternative to Trump for GOP voters

By: - October 31, 2023

When Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and U.N. Ambassador, announced her candidacy for president in February 2023, she wasn’t considered the top contender to challenge Donald Trump for the GOP nomination. But things change. For months it had been Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — coming off of a sensational reelection victory in […]

Miami GOP presidential debate likely to have the smallest field of Republican candidates to date

By: - October 30, 2023

Even before former Vice President Mike Pence dropped out of the race for president this past weekend, the field of Republicans vying for the nomination had begun to drop off as well, as the third GOP presidential debate looms. That debate is scheduled for next week in Miami and is expected to have the smallest […]

Gov. Ron DeSantis says U.S. must stop China from imposing ‘dystopian vision’ on rest of the world

By: - October 27, 2023

Gov. Ron DeSantis — a GOP presidential aspirant — laid out his foreign policy plans on Friday, saying his top goal would be to restrain Iran and China if elected president of the United States. Speaking at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington D.C. think tank, DeSantis, a Navy veteran with three terms in Congress, […]

Following extreme heat, FL gets $106 million from feds to help families pay energy bills

By: - October 27, 2023

Noting record-breaking heat that spread across Florida and other parts of the country this summer, relief is coming for working Floridians and low-income families. Households will be getting financial help to pay their energy bills — both cooling bills in summer and heating costs this winter — according to an announcement this week by the […]

Proposed rollback of child labor law in FL gets pushback; critics say kids would be exploited

By: - October 26, 2023

State lawmakers are considering a proposal that calls for eliminating restrictions on the number of hours 16- and 17-year-olds could work — ostensibly to let more teens get employed if families agree. But there are critics against it. Dr. Chelsea Rivera, of Central Florida Jobs with Justice, said she had concerns about the proposed legislation […]

Florida Dems blast GOP selection of Louisiana’s Mike Johnson as next U.S. House Speaker

By: - October 25, 2023

Florida congressional Democrats are blasting the House GOP’s choice of Louisiana’s Mike Johnson to serve as the next U.S. House Speaker. Here’s what some of them are saying: “Mike Johnson is an election denying, LGBTQ+ hating, extremist conservative who wants to slash your Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and supports banning abortion so that women […]

Group of FL Republicans want D.C. mayor to remove Black Lives Matter mural

By: - October 24, 2023

Claiming that the Black Lives Matter movement has demonstrated support for Hamas following the Oct. 7 terrorist attack against Israel, six Florida Republicans, including U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, are calling on Washington, D.C., Mayor Miriam Bowser to rename Black Lives Matter Plaza in the nation’s capital and remove the street mural that […]

Rep. Byron Donalds says he has enough experience to become next U.S. House Speaker

By: - October 24, 2023

As U.S. House Republicans continue their search for a speaker Tuesday — now going on three weeks — Southwest Florida Republican Byron Donalds says he has plenty of experience to fill the position. Donalds is one of now seven Republicans who are vying for the U.S. House speakership (there were eight at the beginning of […]

Florida’s Byron Donalds is now a candidate for U.S. House Speaker

By: - October 20, 2023

With Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan failing on his third attempt to become the next U.S. House speaker on Friday, the race is wide open and Southwest Florida Rep. Byron Donalds has become a confirmed candidate for the position. At least three members of the Florida GOP congressional delegation say that they are backing him for speaker. […]

In Tampa, activists call on the Biden administration to authorize work permits for the undocumented

By: - October 20, 2023

With businesses in the U.S. still struggling to find enough workers to fill job openings, a group of immigration advocates held a press conference in Tampa on Friday to call on the Biden administration to authorize work permits for undocumented immigrants. The demand comes a month after the Deptartment of Homeland Security offered Temporary Protected Status […]