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Mitch Perry Report for 9.14.16 — Steve Crisafulli goes there

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Outgoing Florida Speaker of the House Steve Crisafulli penned an opinion piece yesterday slamming Hillary Clinton‘s now-infamous “basket of deplorables” phrase to describe half of Donald Trump‘s supporters. “By calling so many of our nation’s citizens ‘deplorable’ haters and racists and the other half too stupid to make their own decisions about who should be our next president, Hillary once again revealed how the elitist Clintons really view Americans,” Crisafulli wrote. Similar Trump surrogates echoes similar statements last weekend, but not that many…

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With more than 173,000 votes, Senate hopeful Pam Keith says she feels like a winner

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Although Pam Keith was always in the Senate race to win it, she won’t deny the sense of satisfaction she felt Wednesday, even though she came up well short of defeating Patrick Murphy for the Democratic nomination. Keith captured more than 173,000 votes in the Florida Democratic Primary, finishing less than 2.5 percent behind Alan Grayson for third place in the Democratic Senate race. The 33-year-old Murphy captured 59 percent of the vote. Grayson finished in second place with just under…

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Florida union members, unsurprisingly, down on Donald Trump

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A press call set up by the Florida AFL-CIO before Donald Trump‘s Wednesday campaign rally in Jacksonville allowed two union member veterans to rip on the GOP presidential nominee. “I am so puzzled by the insults coming from presidential candidate Donald Trump,” said Matty Rose, an Army vet and 50-year member of the National Association of Letter Carriers in New Smyrna Beach. He served in both South Korea and Vietnam and said he still suffers health effects from Agent Orange, a toxic stew of chemicals…

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AFL-CIO showers Florida voters with pro-Hillary Clinton mailers

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The AFL-CIO is blitzing Florida mailboxes with 33,618 mailers in support of Hillary Clinton while attacking Donald Trump for some of his anti-labor positions. It is the union’s second mail drop in Florida and is part of national effort to target Florida and four other battleground states, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, union officials said. Oddly, the mailer points out one area of agreement between Trump and Clinton, they both oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, although Clinton initially supported it. The…

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Endorsement Watch: Florida Retail Federation, Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida Medical Association, and others issue endorsements

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Don Hahnfeldt received the backing of the Florida Medical Association in his bid for House District 33. The FMA PAC, the political arm of the Florida Medical Association, made the endorsement. “The FMA PAC is proud to endorse Commissioner Don Hahnfeldt for the Florida House. As a commissioner in Sumter County representing The Villages, he has a unique understanding of the health care needs of many retired Floridians,” said Dr. Chris Pittman, president of the FMA PAC, in a statement. “The FMA looks forward to…

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Hillsborough, Tampa Fire Fighters endorse Mark Ober for State Attorney

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State Attorney Mark Ober just got a boost in his re-election campaign Ober scored the endorsements of both the Hillsborough County and Tampa Fire Fighters’ unions as he runs for another term as 13th Judicial Circuit’s state attorney. “We, as representatives of Tampa Fire Fighters Local #754, take great pleasure in endorsing your candidacy,” said Stephen Suarez, President and Bill Townsend, Secretary/Treasurer, in a joint letter. “Mr. Ober has served as State Attorney since 2000 and has consistently proven himself and…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.10.15 – Right to Rise ready to go nuclear on Rubio?

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The Marco Rubio campaign is making the most out of the blockbuster story in today’s New York Times about the Jeb Bush campaign about to go nuclear on Rubio. Specifically, Right to Rise, Bush’s super PAC, is apparently ready to spend $20 million in attacking Rubio. “Part of running for president is you have to put your big boy pants on and get vetted on the issues, so we know we don’t have a dud candidate running against Hillary Clinton,” Right to Rise chief…

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