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Uber wields new weapon in fight with London: diplomacy

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In past skirmishes with local regulators, Uber’s playbook under co-founder and now-ousted CEO Travis Kalanick was simple: fight.

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Jim Rosica’s Top 10 stories of 2015 in state government

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From palace intrigues to pot, 2015 brought a plethora of material to the Capitol Press Corps. Trying to pick the top 10 state government stories is a subjective pursuit, to say the least, but here are the FloridaPolitics.com picks for the passing year: No. 1: The “firing” of Gerald Bailey Gov. Rick Scott actually forced out the state’s top cop in December 2014 but the repercussions of that move spilled well over into the new year. Scott originally announced Bailey’s…

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Rep. Janet Long’s bill to boost tax haul for rooms booked online meets stiff resistance

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  When the PriceLine Negotiator or the Roaming Gnome gets you a good deal on a hotel room, he’s paying less in hotel room taxes than you would be if you booked the room yourself. Counties and some in the Legislature say that should change because of the tax money that’s being left on the table. But a bill (which I track using LobbyTools) to clarify that online rooms should result in the same amount of taxes going to state…

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Rep. Janet Long’s bill to boost tax haul for rooms booked online meets stiff resistance

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When the PriceLine Negotiator or the Roaming Gnome gets you a good deal on a hotel room, he’s paying less in hotel room taxes than you would be if you booked the room yourself. Counties and some in the Legislature say that should change because of the tax money that’s being left on the table. But a bill (which I track using LobbyTools) to clarify that online rooms should result in the same amount of taxes going to state coffers…

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Sunday’s editorial pages

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St. Petersburg Times – Plugging the Internet tax drain – The Republican-dominated Pinellas County Commission smartly voted last week to sue online travel companies like Priceline and Expedia that have avoided fully paying the county’s bed tax. Too bad their Republican colleagues in the Florida Legislature are not as aggressive in addressing other unfair tax policies, including by extending the state sales tax to all Internet sales. Daytona Beach News Journal – Deserved, but also wanting of further vindication –…

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