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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 law enforcement head rejects that mass shooters have mental illness

By: - September 16, 2019

Saying there’s no single demographic or social profile of what constitutes a mass shooter, the head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Monday it will take a shift in strategy to contend with high profile mass shootings that have plagued Florida and the nation. FDLE head Rick Swearingen told a Florida Senate committee […]

Hillsborough lawmaker pushes to investigate inmate beatings in Florida prisons

By: - September 16, 2019

In the wake of disturbing reports of abuse against inmates in Department of Corrections facilities, a Florida House Democrat is asking for a broad investigation into violence in Florida prisons. Hillsborough County Rep. Susan Valdes says reports against prisoners at Lowell Correctional Institution near Ocala and Lake Correctional Institution in Clermont prompted her to request […]

U.S. Sens. Rubio, Scott, push for tax law changes to boost Dorian donations

By: - September 13, 2019

U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott of Florida want to change the U.S. tax code to encourage businesses to donate to Hurricane Dorian relief, co-sponsoring legislation that would temporarily suspend existing limitations on qualified charitable contributions for individuals and corporations. The Category 5 hurricane killed at least 50 people, and more than 1,000 people […]

Tampa House Republican proposes bill to crack down on teen vaping and smokable medical pot for young adults

By: - September 12, 2019

As reports of teens coming down with life-threatening illnesses related to vaping, a Florida lawmaker is introducing a bill to raise the legal age to buy vaping and tobacco products to 21. The legislation introduced by Tampa Republican Rep. Jackie Toledo  also would prohibit doctors from issuing medical marijuana in smokable form to a patient […]

Lawyers: Lowell Corrections officials must be banned from visiting severely beaten inmate in the hospital.

By: - September 12, 2019

Lowell Correctional Institution officials have had unfettered access to beaten inmate Cheryl Weimar — who is bedridden in a hospital room in Ocala – a practice her attorney considered “troublesome” and a matter of safety. That’s why the Tallahassee-based Andrews Law Firm filed an emergency motion in federal court this week seeking an order to […]

Democratic senator wants to hold state prosecutors responsible for misconduct

By: - September 11, 2019

Orlando area Democratic state Senator Randolph Bracy has filed legislation that would create an agency to review misconduct by state prosecutors in Florida that can lead to wrongful convictions. The proposal comes as more criminal justice reform advocates are focusing on prosecutors who yield enormous power, making decisions with little oversight on whether to prosecute […]

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Florida lags behind most of the nation when it comes to working conditions, report says

By: - September 11, 2019

A critique of Florida’s workplaces show that the state is struggling when it comes to boosting wages and offering key benefits for employees, a new study shows. The 2019 Oxfam America “Best States to Work” index lists Florida as 37th in the nation, the same ranking as a year ago. The study critiques three workplace […]

Democratic state Senator calls out Trump administration on deporting more Cubans

By: - September 10, 2019

Miami-based Democratic state Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez says that the judicial system in the U.S. and specifically in Miami-Dade County has operated for decades under the assumption that “nobody could no longer be deported to Cuba.” But at a press conference held in front of the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami earlier this week, he […]

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Florida’s pot business is a mess

By: - September 10, 2019

Last month, there was some skepticism when the California behemoth marijuana firm MedMen announced it would use its considerable financial resources to try to get a Florida constitutional amendment to legalize recreational weed on the 2020 ballot. Make It Legal Florida is MedMen’s political committee. The group has less than six months left to collect […]

Rick Scott wants clarity regarding visas for Bahamians fleeing storm chaos

By: - September 9, 2019

After more than 100 survivors of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas were kicked off a ferry headed to Fort Lauderdale Sunday night because they lacked a U.S. visa, Rick Scott says the U.S. and Bahamian governments must work together to prevent that from happening again. “It’s important Customs and Border Protection and the Bahamian government […]

After brutal inmate beating, protest planned at Ocala prison Saturday

By: - September 6, 2019

Former inmates and prisoner rights advocates are scheduled to gather on Saturday morning for a rally at Lowell Correctional Institution in Marion County, one of the largest female-only prisons in the country with a history of violence and abuse. The event takes place just days after attorneys representing inmate Cheryl Weimar filed a lawsuit against […]

Here’s one idea to help FL workers who are getting professionally punished due to student loan debt

By: - September 6, 2019

A state Democratic lawmaker has filed legislation to ensure that Floridians can maintain their occupational licenses and remain in the workforce while paying off student loan debt. Several states have passed similar legislation in recent years.  Florida is now one of only 14 states which still have laws on the books that penalize people by […]