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.

As DeSantis faces cash crunch, he appears as a ‘special guest’ at his own campaign events

By: - July 27, 2023

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was back on the presidential campaign trail in Iowa on a bus tour this week, but those events were not organized or funded by his regular campaign. Instead, a federal super PAC called Never Back Down handled the event featuring DeSantis as a “special guest.” But why is he listed as […]

FL’s Maxwell Frost, the first Gen Z member in Congress, introduces pro-renter legislation

By: - July 26, 2023

Saying that “housing is a human right,” U.S. Rep. Maxwell Frost of Florida announced legislation in Congress Wednesday to help out struggling renters. He is co-sponsoring the End Junk Fees for Renters Act, which would crack down on added fees imposed on tenants by landlords, which makes housing less affordable and more difficult to comparison […]

Veteran Phil Ehr, a U.S. Senate candidate, blasts GOP criticism of diversity efforts in military

By: - July 26, 2023

Republicans this year have been bashing President Joe Biden’s tenure related to U.S. Department of Defense policies that allegedly harm military readiness. To which Phil Ehr replies is simply a “bunch of hooey.” Ehr, 62 and a Navy veteran, announced his candidacy last week to run for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Florida. […]

FL’s local and state officials call on President Biden to prevent new offshore drilling leases

By: - July 26, 2023

More than 100 elected officials from across the country – including 28 from Florida – signed a letter this week urging President Joe Biden to prevent new offshore drilling leases in the upcoming Northern Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2023-2028. “Dirty and dangerous offshore oil drilling threatens our communities and our […]

A $500,000 contribution to help GOP presidential candidate Francis Suarez draws FEC complaint

By: - July 25, 2023

(Updated with a response from SOS America). A campaign finance watchdog group has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that unknown persons used an “obscure entity” to funnel half-a-million dollars to a super PAC supporting the presidential campaign of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. The Campaign Legal Center – which has already filed two […]

Third-party FL groups struggling to register voters; by Oct. 1 they’ll have to provide ‘receipts’

By: - July 24, 2023

Traditionally, members with the League of Women Voters of Florida would be out and about this summer with clipboards in hand trying to register voters at parades, libraries, grocery stores and other local community events. Then they’d collect those paper registration forms and send them to local supervisors of elections offices to get those people […]

Advocates for recreational cannabis amendment push back against AG Moody’s legal arguments

By: - July 20, 2023

Supporters of a proposed 2024 constitutional amendment that would legalize recreational cannabis in Florida contend in a new filing that Attorney General Ashley Moody is abruptly changing course on what the Florida Supreme Court has said in the past about getting pot amendments on the ballot. The 99-page filing of the Smart & Safe Florida […]

Neil Volz and Desmond Meade of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition on March 12

Voting rights group files lawsuit against DeSantis on felon voting eligibility

By: - July 19, 2023

Calling the current system “a national embarrassment,” the group that pushed for a 2018 constitutional amendment designed to restore voting rights to felons who had completed their sentences has filed a lawsuit in federal court against Gov. Ron DeSantis and other election officials to “realize the promise of Amendment 4.” More than 65% of Floridians […]

Florida AG Ashley Moody again blasts California’s request for DOJ investigation of migrant flights

By: - July 18, 2023

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody doubled down Tuesday, criticizing California Gov. Gavin Newsom for asking that the U.S. Department of Justice open a criminal investigation into recent migrant flights to Sacramento. Those flights were organized by Florida officials but were denounced by the White House as “dangerous and unacceptable.” In a press conference Tuesday in […]

FL’s record heat can be deadly: When will lawmakers approve protections for outdoor workers?

By: - July 18, 2023

On January 1 this year, while many Floridians were kicking back and watching college football or simply celebrating the beginning of the New Year, a 28-year-old from Mexico with a work visa started his first day on the job harvesting vegetables at C.W. Hendrix Farms in Parkland, in Broward County. It would be his last day […]

New lawsuit over FL’s crackdown on illegal immigration; measures are ‘unconstitutional, xenophobic’

By: - July 17, 2023

A coalition of groups have filed a lawsuit in federal court over Florida’s recently enacted immigration law, specifically challenging the section of the law that makes it a felony for individuals to transport an undocumented immigrant across state lines as being unconstitutional. Attorneys for the ACLU Foundation of Florida, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Americans […]

FL Dems get their first ‘major’ candidate to challenge Sen. Rick Scott: A retired Naval officer

By: - July 17, 2023

Phil Ehr, a retired Naval officer and former Republican, announced Monday that he is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Rick Scott. This is Ehr’s third bid for office as a Democrat. A resident of Pensacola, in the Panhandle, he lost to U.S. Rep. Republican Matt Gaetz in […]