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Personnel note: Capital City Consulting hires Andrew Ketchel

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Updated Thursday: Ketchel’s hiring has been announced in a news release. This post has been updated. Andrew Ketchel, a veteran of Gov. Rick Scott‘s administration, is joining Capital City Consulting, FloridaPolitics.com has learned. Ketchel’s first day will be Oct. 17. He most recently was legislative affairs director for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. His coming on board signals that CCC aims to be a player next session as the state continues to struggle with water use and conservation issues. Firm co-founder Nick Iarossi also wasted no…

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Jet fuel tax changes set to become law July 1, barring unlikely veto

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The future of Florida’s aviation fuel taxation regime is set for a major overhaul on July 1, if Gov. Rick Scott signs an omnibus tax bill into law as expected. For the state’s largest air carriers, that’s a good thing indeed. The bill removes exemptions to the state’s jet fuel tax, which currently apply to once-upstart carriers like Southwest Airlines and JetBlue beginning in 2018. It would also lower the overall rate for all carriers from 6.9 percent to 4.23 percent, in order to keep the change “revenue neutral,”…

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The 12 Days of Christmas, as brought to you by these Florida lobbyists and politicos

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‘Tis the season, and the Legislature’s dubious Christmas present this year was moving up the 2016 Legislative Session two months from its usual March start date.  We will no doubt have many gifts in store, besides the inevitable policy food fights, such as perhaps seeing some lawmakers in their ugly holiday sweaters (the Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts “T-storms, then sunny, cold” for the first day of session). Of course, there’s the Gay Pride Festivus pole, rainbow-colored with a disco ball on top, but that should be…

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Firms collect nearly $31 million in Legislature lobbying fees for Q3 2015

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Ballard Partners tops the compensation list for lobbying the Florida Legislature in the third quarter of 2015, bringing in $2.22 million, according to newly released compensation reports. Registered lobbying firms took in almost $32 million in fees — $31,775,000 to be (somewhat) exact — between July and September 2015 to represent clients in front of Florida lawmakers. In addition to Ballard — the only firm reporting over $2 million in compensation — three other companies cracked the $1 million mark: Ronald…

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Southern Political Report names Florida’s top five lobbying firms

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Southern Political Report, a glossy quarterly focused on insider aspects of Dixie politics, has ranked the top law and lobbying firms in each Southern state for its newest issue. The top “small firms” (the magazine’s words, not ours) devoted to governmental affairs consulting in Florida were listed as follows: Ballard Partners Southern Strategy Group Capital City Consulting Corcoran & Johnston The Rubin Group According to the magazine’s methodology, rankings were compiled based on “the results of an online survey sent to lobbyists and…

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