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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.

ProPublica casts doubt on tale of “11-year-old hacker” taking down replica of Florida election site

By: - August 31, 2018

With concerns about Russian hacking in Florida at an all-time high, news organizations published numerous stories earlier this month about an 11-year-old allegedly breaking into a replica of Florida’s state election system and changing the results at a hacking conference in Las Vegas. “11-year-old hacks replica of Florida state election website, changes election results,” read […]

Andrew Gillum

An inside view of Andrew Gillum’s ideas that could reshape Florida

By: , , and - August 31, 2018

With Tuesday night’s victory by Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum in the headlines – and changing the landscape of politics in the state – the Florida Phoenix today offers an expansive picture of how Gillum could re-shape Florida’s state policies and how those ideas could affect every Floridian. The Phoenix got an inside view of Gillum’s […]

First poll of governor’s race shows Andrew Gillum up over Ron DeSantis by 5 points

By: - August 30, 2018

The first major survey of the upcoming gubernatorial race in Florida shows Democrat Andrew Gillum leading Republican Ron DeSantis by five points, 48 percent to 43 percent, with nine percent not sure. The poll comes on the heels of Gillum’s primary victory – which no pollster predicted. The survey by Public Policy Polling of 743 […]

Former GOP lawmaker Nancy Argenziano to run on Reform Party’s gubernatorial ticket

By: - August 30, 2018

Although the media focus will be on Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis in the race to become Florida’s next governor, 11 other gubernatorial candidates are also on the ballot in November, including the Reform Party’’s Darcy Richardson. Richardson announced on Thursday that his running mate will be former state legislator Nancy Argenziano, who served in […]

Ron DeSantis

Democrats accuse Republican DeSantis of using “racist dog whistle” against opponent Gillum; FOX News says it “does not condone.”

By: - August 29, 2018

(UPDATE) The fierce showdown between Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum for governor has begun, with a handful of current and former Democratic members from Congress blasting DeSantis in a conference call early Wednesday as a conservative Republican more focused on ideology that governing – and also suggested he used a “racist dog whistle” against his […]

Florida Supreme Court to take key case: Can a local government raise its minimum wage?

By: - August 29, 2018

The Florida Supreme Court voted 4-3 on Wednesday to hear an appeal by Miami Beach about whether the city can raise its minimum wage to $13.31 by 2021. The Miami Beach City Commission unanimously passed an ordinance in June of 2016 setting a new city-wide minimum wage at $10.31 – to go into effect on […]

Florida’s AG race will pit two 40 somethings from Hillsborough County

By: - August 28, 2018

In one of the most contentious statewide primary races in Florida, former Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge Ashley Moody soundly defeated Pensacola House Rep. Frank White in the Republican race for Florida’s attorney general. Moody will face Tampa State Rep. Sean Shaw, son of the late Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Leander Shaw, in November’s […]

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Andrew Gillum wins Democratic Primary

By: , , and - August 28, 2018

Andrew Gillum, the upstart progressive Tallahassee mayor, became the Florida Democratic Party’s nominee for governor Tuesday night, defeating Gwen Graham, the scion of a storied Florida political family. “We can be the David in this situation where there is a Goliath,” Gillum told supporters as he accepted the nomination at a victory party in Tallahassee, […]

Ron DeSantis

DeSantis is Republican nominee for governor

By: and - August 28, 2018

With the political backing of President Trump, Florida congressman Ron DeSantis of Jacksonville won the Republican nomination for governor over longtime Florida politician Adam Putnam. DeSantis, a Navy veteran and frequent FOX News guest, was able to mobilize the far-right wing of the Florida GOP. Trump initially tipped his hand for DeSantis in a tweet […]

New report says Florida prosecutes more children in the adult criminal justice system than any other state

By: - August 28, 2018

According to a new study that looks at how many American teenagers are serving time in in adult jails, a full 60 percent of the youths serving life without parole sentences for a non-homicidal crime are from Florida. That’s the most of any state in the union, according to a report from the UCLA School […]

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Who will win tonight’s Democratic gubernatorial primary?

By: - August 28, 2018

In what has been Florida’s most competitive Democratic gubernatorial primary election since the early 2000s, polls show that former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham is the front-runner in the five-person contest that ends tonight. That’s despite what appears to be an intense surge of support in the polls in the past week for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew […]

Is the Florida Republican Party officially the party of Trump? Tonight should decide that question

By: - August 28, 2018

It was the end of one of the sleepiest weeks of the entire political year in Florida when the trajectory of the 2018 Republican race for governor changed. On Friday afternoon, July 6, polling company Remington Research Group released a poll showing that North Florida U.S. Rep Ron DeSantis led Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam by […]