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.

Nikki Fried and Charlie Crist call for federal reform of marijuana policy

By: - September 10, 2018

Even though allowing medical marijuana use is the law of the land in Florida and 30 other states, access to basic financial services for those in the burgeoning industry is nonexistent. That’s something that Democratic Agriculture Commissioner candidate Nikki Fried says needs to change. “Let’s take a new approach with forward thinking laws,” Fried said […]

Chris King

What do we know about Chris King? The Phoenix asked, he answered

By: , , and - September 7, 2018

With Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum choosing affordable housing executive Chris King for his running mate this week, the pair has been described as the most progressive Democratic ticket in modern history in Florida. But what do voters know about King’s views? He was a candidate competing against Gillum in the primary, and now joins […]

In week one, governor’s race in dead heat — but will it last?

By: - September 7, 2018

The latest major survey of Florida’s gubernatorial election shows Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis tied at 47 percent, with five percent undecided. The survey by St. Pete Polls of 2,240 likely voters in Florida took place on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, which mean some voters were likely polled after Gillum and […]

New TV ad: Did you know 1.5 million Floridians living with felony convictions can’t vote?

By: - September 7, 2018

Activist groups looking to educate citizens about the plight of felons who can’t vote have launched a new television ad that will air statewide in Florida over the next two weeks. Produced by the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and the Alliance for Safety and Justice, the 60-second ad will raise awareness about more than 1.5 […]

A progressive pair: Gillum chooses former candidate Chris King for running mate

By: - September 6, 2018

In what is likely to be dubbed the most progressive gubernatorial ticket in Florida history, Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum announced Thursday that he has chosen Winter Park business executive Chris King to serve as his lieutenant governor. Gillum made the announcement with King on Facebook Live, where they were joined by their wives, R. Jai […]

DeSantis picks Miami House member Jeanette Nunez for running mate

By: - September 6, 2018

Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis made it official on Thursday morning, announcing that he has selected Miami state Representative Jeannette Nunez to serve as his lieutenant-governor, the first time in Florida history that a Cuban-American woman will run in that position. “Jeanette Nunez is a strong, principled leader who will be an outstanding Lieutenant Governor for the people of […]

Mike Pence to campaign for Rick Scott in Central Florida on Thursday

By: - September 5, 2018

The White House announced today that Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Florida on Thursday to make two campaign appearances with Governor Rick Scott, who is challenging Bill Nelson in one of the most contested Senate races in the country. Pence is scheduled to deliver remarks at a lunch in Orlando with Scott, followed […]

Next Gen launches $1 million digital ad campaign for Florida; Obama may stump for Georgia’s Abrams and Florida’s Gillum

By: - September 5, 2018

Billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer’s group NextGen America is about to invest more than $1 million in digital ads in Florida on behalf of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, the latest infusion of support from the San Francisco-based organization. NextGen initially invested more than million dollars – plus an army of grassroots organizers – into Gillum’s […]

How good is Florida for workers? Not so good, study says

By: - September 4, 2018

According to a new report from Oxfam America, Florida ranks 37th in the nation for workers. The anti-poverty organization released its report on the status of labor rights in all 50 states late last week. In terms of wage policies, Florida is around the middle of the pack when it comes to wage policies – […]

DeSantis and Gillum to name running mates this week

By: - September 4, 2018

After a lengthy runup to last week’s primary elections, the men vying to become Florida’s next governor now must quickly pivot to select a running mate to serve as their Lieutenant Governor by the end of this Thursday afternoon. Speaking in Jacksonville on Labor Day, Andrew Gillum told reporters that his former primary opponent – […]

Uncertain future for Florida crop production: “Help our fruit and vegetable industry survive”

By: - September 4, 2018

Mexico’s tomatoes, strawberries and other produce — iconic foods used in salads, spaghetti sauce, strawberry shortcake and frozen Margaritas – continue to flood U.S. grocery stores, raising concerns about whether Florida’s crop production can keep up and survive. University of Florida extension scientist Alan Hodges doesn’t mince words: The Florida agricultural industry is extremely challenged, […]

Florida’s 138,000 federal workers won’t be getting a pay raise if President Trump gets his way

By: - August 31, 2018

President Donald Trump has informed leaders in Congress that an across-the-board 2.1 percent pay increase for federal workers scheduled to take effect in January would be “inappropriate,” potentially denying a bump in pay for the more than 138,000 federal employees who live and work in Florida.  “We must maintain efforts to put our nation on a fiscally sustainable […]