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.

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National Rifle Association gives Adam Putnam its top rating

By: - July 18, 2018

It’s that time of year in Tallahassee, when the National Rifle Association weighs in with its annual grades of every candidate on the ballot in the August 28 primary. The top dog for the NRA is Adam Putnam, the self-described “NRA sellout” who has seemingly regretted making that remark in the wake of the Parkland […]

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The Florida Legislature keeps stomping on local laws

By: - July 17, 2018

After the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in South Florida, the mayors of twenty Florida cities filed a legal challenge to a state firearm law. The controversial law allows the state to impose a $5,000 fine on any local official that dares to pass local gun regulations. The firearm law is an […]

“Disgraceful betrayal of America:” Trump’s strange press conference with Russia’s Putin draws ire in Florida

By: - July 16, 2018

Democrats and some Republicans in Florida spoke out critically following  President Trump’s news conference held with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday in Helsinki. During the appearance, Trump dismissed his own national intelligence director’s conclusion that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election and sided with Putin instead. Putin denied Russia’s involvement. “President Putin says […]

Investigate fiascos over concealed weapons permits at Adam Putnam’s Ag Department, groups urge

By: - July 16, 2018

Following a series of reports on the mishandling of the concealed-carry firearm permit process at the Dept. Of Agriculture and Consumer Services, two activist groups say they want an independent investigation of how the process is being carried out.  The department is led by Adam Putnam, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor.  Orlando area Democratic state Senator Linda Stewart is calling for Florida’s Chief […]

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The Great Debate: Democrats for governor to face off in online-only event

By: - July 16, 2018

With the Aug. 28 primary election rapidly approaching, Florida voters will get a chance to see the five candidates running for governor debate Wednesday at 7 pm at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. The debate won’t be broadcast statewide, but people can watch via or on the Florida Democratic party’s  Facebook page. […]

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Gwen Graham has already consulted attorney in potential Florida Supreme Court battle

By: - July 16, 2018

President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has interjected the power of the federal judiciary into Florida’s governor’s race, and the state judiciary as well. His likely confirmation to the high court has opened up the explosive possibility of the Roe v. Wade decision on legalizing abortion being overturned, and some […]

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National Democratic committee says it will spend millions to try to flip Florida Senate this fall

By: - July 13, 2018

Florida Democrats hoping to start a “blue wave” by getting a Democratic majority in the state Senate during this fall’s elections got a significant financial boost today. The prospect of changing the Florida Senate from Republican majority to a Democratic one is a long shot – Democrats have been in the minority for more than […]

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Florida activists speak out against Trump Supreme Court nominee

By: - July 13, 2018

Progressive activists on Thursday gathered outside the Florida Supreme Court and called on Florida U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio to reject President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that the jurist would be detrimental to reproductive rights and health care in America. “Make no mistake about it. The […]

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Kathy Castor blasts Trump ‘sabotage’ of consumer help for Affordable Health Care Act

By: - July 12, 2018

Since went live in the fall of 2013, no state in the union has had more people sign up for the Affordable Care Act than Florida, which is one reason why Tampa Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor was livid this week while talking about the Trump administration’s decision to slash funding by 70 percent […]

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“Unless we get our friggin’ medicine, we’re not going to be able to get well and stay well.”

By: - July 12, 2018

Marijuana activists called on Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday to drop the state’s challenges over two lawsuits related to medical marijuana. The 2016 constitutional amendment legalizing pot for medical purposes has faced multiple challenges to implementation — but activists are not giving up. “Unless we get our friggin’ medicine, we’re not going to be […]

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What’s in our food? Florida congressman calls federal GMO labeling plan “grossly inadequate.”

By: - July 11, 2018

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan announced this week that he has filed a formal objection letter with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, calling its food labeling plan for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) “grossly inadequate.” “As you work to issue a final rule later this year, I would urge you to go back to the drawing board […]

No scheduled public debates among candidates for Florida’s top legal job? That’s weird.

By: - July 10, 2018

It’s July already, and polls say most people don’t yet know who they will vote for in the August 28 Republican primary for Florida Attorney General – the state’s top legal job. Anyone looking to learn more about the two Republicans and two Democrats vying for Attorney General through a public debate is out of […]