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.

Supreme Court

FL election is on a fast and furious train of lawsuits and stakes are high. When will it end? At the U.S. Supreme Court?

By: , and - November 13, 2018

Florida’s general election is now on a split trajectory, with counties still tallying recount ballots while a mounting legal battle ensues, spanning cases in both federal and state courts that raise questions about conflicts of interest and questionable intervention in the voting process. In the federal cases, Constitutional issues are at stake that could tip […]

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Bay County Supervisor of Elections allowed voters to vote by fax and email, a violation of state law

By: - November 12, 2018

After Hurricane Michael ravaged parts of the Panhandle last month, Florida Gov. Rick Scott relaxed or waived voting rules for eight counties affected by the storm. The problem: His directive did not include allowing voters to vote by email, though that’s what happened in Bay County. Bay County Supervisor of Elections Mark Anderson acknowledges he […]

Broward County Courthouse on Monday, Nov. 12

Broward County judge denies request to impound voting machines

By: - November 12, 2018

(Updated )Saying that he saw no evidence to do so, Broward Circuit Chief Judge Jack Tuter today rejected a request for an injunction from Rick Scott’s U.S. Senate campaign to impound voting machines, ballots and tallying devices. However, the judge did agree with the Scott legal team that “there needs to be some additional layer […]

Rick Scott

Gov. Scott continues election fraud claims but offers no evidence on Fox News

By: - November 11, 2018

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Republican U.S. Senate front runner Gov. Rick Scott again accused his Democratic opponent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of “trying to commit fraud” as a statewide machine recount is now underway in their extremely close race for U.S. Senate. Scott continued to make the claim even though his own staff at […]

Voting booths in Leon County

In Rick Scott lawsuit, judge orders Broward County elections official to immediately release public records

By: and - November 9, 2018

A Broward County judge on Friday sided with Gov. Rick Scott, who sued Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes over public records Friday. (To see our previous coverage of the lawsuit, go here.) The judge ruled that Snipes was in violation of Florida’s public records law, and ordered that she turn over records by 7 […]

Judge doesn’t yet rule in Bill Nelson lawsuit to extend election deadline; sets hearing for Wednesday

By: and - November 9, 2018

Update: Please see our update to this ever-changing story here. Attorneys for Bill Nelson and the Democratic Executive Committee of Florida have filed a lawsuit in federal court calling on the Florida Secretary of State’s office to extend the certification deadline on the results from Tuesday night’s election, which is scheduled to be certified by […]

Gillum and Nelson

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s recount attorney claims vote gains in recent days show Nelson can win; Recount could be called Saturday

By: - November 8, 2018

With Bill Nelson continuing to pick up votes in his U.S. Senate race against Rick Scott, an attorney hired by the Nelson campaign says he believes that the Florida Democrat will gather enough votes in the recount to retain his seat. “I firmly believe at the end of this process Senator Nelson is going to […]

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Protests against the firing of AG Jeff Sessions to take place in 38 cities in Florida today

By: - November 8, 2018

Activists who are concerned that President Donald Trump will try to shut down the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller are calling for protests around the country today – including one at 5 pm today at Florida’s Capitol. An umbrella group called Nobody Is Above the Law quickly organize the rallies following the news on […]

DeSantis names his transition team

By: - November 8, 2018

Newly minted governor-elect Ron DeSantis made his first official move on Wednesday when he announced four Republicans who will lead his transition team. Panhandle area U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, outgoing Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran, former U.S. Senator George LeMieux and former Lieutenant Governor Toni Jennings will chair the DeSantis transition team. In addition, […]


Is this just how Florida elections are? The navel-gazing begins (again) for the Florida Democratic Party

By: - November 8, 2018

For the fourth time in the last five statewide elections in Florida, the Democratic Party has come up achingly short in a major political race. As of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, in the governor’s race between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis, the totals stood at 49.7 percent for DeSantis and 49.08 percent for Gillum. […]

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State of Division: Five FL races may be headed for recount, including U.S. Senate and Ag Commissioner

By: - November 7, 2018

Update: The numbers of votes in this race continue to change as elections officials continue their tallies. Please look back at the main Florida Phoenix website for the latest stories – and vote totals – in this race.  There could be five recounts resulting from Tuesday night’s election in the Sunshine State, none bigger than […]

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Bill Nelson asks for recount in U.S. Senate race

By: - November 7, 2018

Update: The numbers of votes in this race continue to change as elections officials continue their tallies. Please look back at the main Florida Phoenix website for the latest stories – and vote totals – in this race.  Republican Gov. Rick Scott has more votes than Democrat U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in the most expensive […]