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Mitch Perry Report for 8.29.16 — Colin Kaepernick says he can take the heat for speaking out

The National Football League concluded its third and most interesting weekend of pre-season games last night, and while there are stories galore about what’s happening on the gridiron (Denver sacking Mark SanchezTony Romo out for a few months with another injury, Jameis Winston looking quite impressive with the Tampa Bay Bucs against the lowly Cleveland Browns), the big story was out of Santa Clara, where 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem before their game against Green Bay on Friday night, the third time he’s done so this exhibition season, but the first time anybody noticed.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

He spoke with the media yesterday about why he did what he did, and he’s absolutely NOT backing down (you can read that entire transcript here).

Kaepernick is the first high-profile professional athlete in America who has refused to stand for the anthem since Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf did so in 1996 — an action which got him suspended by the NBA. The NFL has said they won’t do that.

Naturally, this has created a firestorm, with a lot of folks bashing the 28-year-old athlete, who surely knew that would be the case. One of the more interesting comments about this came from Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, 28, who, it’s been reported, has often spoken about race relations during his eight-year career. He said the national conversation would devolve around Kaepernick, and not the issues he wants to bring to the fore.

“It’s not going to be about the lives that have been lost across the country, the injustices that are being done to minorities all across this country; that’s what’s not going to be in the headlines. It’s going to be about him,” Jenkins said. “It’s a tough situation, but at the same time, if you’ve got something that you’re passionate about and that’s your way of expressing it, you’ve got all the right to do it. I’m a guy of conviction, I speak out on things I see. So I can’t really look at what he’s doing and tell him he’s wrong.”

It is going to be about him, and since he makes millions of dollars playing in the NFL, plenty of it that commentary will be along the lines that he should shut up and be grateful for getting the opportunity to play in the pros.

“I think there’s a lot of consequences that come along with this,” Kaepernick admitted yesterday. “There’s a lot of people that don’t want to have this conversation, they’re scared they might lose their job or they might not get the endorsements, they might not be treated the same way … At this point, I’ve been blessed to be able to get this far and have the privilege of being in the NFL and making the kind of money I make and enjoy luxuries like that … But I can’t look in the mirror and see other people dying in the street that should have the same opportunities that I’ve had and say, ‘You know what; I can live with myself.’ Because I can’t if I just watch.”

This takes guts, whether you’re with him or against him. Not being said at all was that he looked extremely rusty against the Packers, though it was his first game in nearly 300 days after battling injuries a year ago. People praised Muhammed Ali when he passed away for being an athlete who used his powerful platform to talk about social change — forgotten was how scorned he was by large segments of (white) America when he did so.

And note this — Kap has issues with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

“I mean, we have a presidential candidate who’s deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate,” he said of the former first lady and secretary of state. “That doesn’t make sense to me, because if that was any other person, you’d be in prison.”

In other news, a day before the primary election in Florida….

Win or lose, Augie Ribeiro has helped make a few political consultants wealthier in the last month, as the SD 19 candidate has now spent more than $672,000 in his quest to go the Florida state Senate.

Darryl Rouson and Alan Grayson made beautiful music together late last week in Tampa.

Clearwater state senator and incoming appropriations chairman Jack Latvala called out local Republicans for having “their head in the sand” when it came to stepping up on supporting mass transit in the Tampa Bay area.

The cantankerous Republican also said come hell or high water, he’ll be voting for Donald Trump in November, in part because of his feelings about Hillary Clinton following his viewing of the film, “13 Hours.”

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Republican Senate leaders raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in run up to primary elections

Top Senate Republicans raised brought in big hauls through their political committees over the past two weeks according to newly filed finance reports.

Between Aug. 13 and Aug. 25, Fort Meyers Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto brought in $142,500 through her “Protect Florida Families” committee, including $50,000 checks from Trilby Sen. Wilton Simpson’s “Jobs for Florida” committee and Sen. Bill Galvano’s “Innovate Florida” committee.

Benacquisto’s PAC contributed $200,000 of its balance to “Truth Matters Inc.,” the committee behind ads attacking her primary opponent Jason Maughan in the SD 27 race, leaving Protect Florida Families with about $166,000 on hand.

Simpson’s committee also broke the six-figure mark with $185,500 in contributions during the two-week reporting period. Among his donors were the Associated Industries of Florida, which gave $130,000, and the Florida Chamber of Commerce, which gave $35,000.

The future Senate President had about $771,000 on hand in his committee Aug. 25, while Senate Majority Leader and fellow future Senate President Bill Galvano had about $885,000 in the bank.

The $132,500 in contributions on Galvano’s report came in through 21 checks, including two from Disney that combined to $35,000. MCNA Health Care Holdings chipped in $25,000, while lobbyist Ron Book gave $10,000.

Incoming Senate Appropriations Chair Jack Latvala bested them all with $207,750 in contributions to his “Florida Leadership Committee.” The Clearwater Republican’s top donor was 2022-2024 House Speaker hopeful Randy Fine, who gave $36,000 through his committee, “Foundation for our Children’s Future.” Former House Speaker Will Weatherford’s PAC, “Committee for a Stronger Florida,” also chipped in $25,000.

FLC finished the reporting period with a little over $2 million on hand.

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Jack Latvala says Michael Bay’s ’13 Hours’ one of two reasons he’s voting for Donald Trump

Nationally and in Florida, there are many, many Republican elected officials who seem to equivocate when asked whether or not they’ll support Donald Trump for president.

Jack Latvala is not one of those Republicans.

The always-irascible Pinellas County lawmaker made it clear Friday morning that while the Manhattan real estate developer is hardly his cup of tea, there are two reasons why he won’t be holding his nose when he pulls the lever for him this fall (or scribbles in a circle next to his name, to be more accurate).

One is the power the next president has to nominate what could be multiple selections to the U.S. Supreme Court — besides the already-open seat left bare as Senate Republicans have refused to give Merrick Garland a hearing.

The other is the visceral disdain Latvala says he feels toward Hillary Clinton, a feeling he says he’s had ever since watching “13 Hours,” the Michael Bay-directed dramatic portrayal account of what happened at the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, when Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

“I will tell you that it had a very profound impact on me,” the Clearwater Republican told an audience in South Tampa Friday morning.

“I do not believe that Donald Trump would leave four American employees of our country — officers of our country — in a situation like that, and never try to help them, and that’s the tie-breaker for me,” he said.

Along with the burgeoning issues with her private email server and perceptions of “pay-to-play” that those emails have shown regarding the Clinton Foundation, Clinton’s role as secretary of state during the Benghazi attack has been an issue that Republicans have attacked her on since she officially became a candidate for president last year. She testified for nearly 11 hours last October before a House committee examining the attack.

“I’ve always been a Republican, and even though I don’t agree with the choice that our party has made, I still think that he’s a whole lot better than the candidate on the other side,” Latvala said, adding that he thinks virtually any other one of the original group of 17 Republican who vied for the nomination a year ago would be leading Clinton decisively at this point of the campaign.

Latvala also questioned the conventional wisdom regarding the potential nominees for governor in Florida in 2018, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in particular, who appears to be the Republican to beat. Latvala said a party that favors Donald Trump would hardly be the same one to support someone who’s been serving in Tallahassee and Washington for almost two decades.

He mentioned Southwest Florida congressional candidate Frances Rooney, CFO Jeff Atwater and incoming Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran as the ones to watch. “Richard Corcoran is running for governor,” he said definitively.

He also scoffed at the conventional wisdom that has Tallahassee U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham in the driver’s seat for the Democrats, calling it “incredible” that because of her last name (she’s the scion of former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham) she’s at the top of the charts.

He gave a shoutout to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine as possible contenders.

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Chauncey Goss gets $1,000 donation from Jack Latvala in CD 19

Chauncey Goss is getting a little financial help from a top Florida Republican.

Campaign finance documents filed with the Federal Election Commission show Sen. Jack Latvala donated $1,000 to Goss’ congressional campaign Aug. 18. The donation was included in a 48-hour notice filed with the FEC on Aug. 19.

Goss is running in Florida’s 19th Congressional District. He’ll face Republicans Francis Rooney and Dan Bongino in the Aug. 30 primary.

A well-known Sanibel Island Republican, Goss ran for the seat in 2012, but came in second. He announced his 2016 run within hours of news that Rep. Curt Clawson wouldn’t run for re-election. Records show he raised $346,017 through Aug. 10. That number doesn’t include donations received in the final few weeks of the campaign.

This isn’t the first time Latvala, the incoming chairman of the Senate appropriations committee, has given to a congressional candidate this election cycle. The Clearwater Republican donated $1,250 to David Jolly, who announced in June he was dropping his U.S. Senate bid to run for re-election, on June 17 and another $189 on June 20.

Federal elections records also show he gave $1,000 to Rebecca Negron, who is running in Florida’s 18th Congressional District. The Stuart Republican is the wife of Senate President Designate Joe Negron, who had been locked into a battle with Latvala over the Senate presidency.

According to the same campaign finance report, Goss gave his campaign $15,000 on Aug. 18.

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Jack Latvala says his GOP colleagues have their “heads in the sand when it comes to transportation”

Incoming Florida Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jack Latvala said Friday a lack of mass transit in the Tampa Bay area has become a bigger problem than ever, and he blasted his fellow Republicans in Tallahassee for failing to lead on the issue.

“We’ve got a lot of folks in my party that just bury their head in the sand when it comes to transportation,” the always outspoken Clearwater Republican said, addressing dozens of people who gathered at 8 a.m. to hear him speak at the weekly “Cafe con Tampa” breakfast in Tampa’s Hyde Park.

Latvala said unless something changes soon, the lack of a capable transit system in the region will ultimately force the Tampa Bay Rays to leave the market.

“It’s not going to be a question of whether the Tampa Bay Rays are in St. Petersburg or in Tampa, it’ll be a question of whether they’re in Hartford (Connecticut), or Montreal. We WILL lose our baseball team,” he said with obvious disdain. “What a blow to the image of our area. All because of people who keep their head in the sand.”

Latvala said the lack of transit options was exposed nationally when the Republican National Convention was held in Tampa exactly four years ago. “Trust me, we will NEVER have another one because of the transportation embarrassments of the delegates getting back at to their hotel at three o’clock in the morning because of our lack of a transit and transportation system in the Tampa Bay area,” which happened on one notorious night of the 2012 RNC.

As has been widely reported, two transit referendums have gone down to defeat in the Tampa Bay area over the past six years. Resistance amongst the current Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners and elements on the left and right in Tampa ended any plans to put another type of sales tax on the ballot this fall. Several Democrats running for state office on the campaign trail this summer have talked about pushing for the Legislature allow large cities like Tampa and St. Petersburg to have the ability to place their own referendums on the ballot.

“I never had a problem allowing people to vote on whether they wanted to tax themselves,” Latvala said when asked about that proposal. “If people are tired of sitting still on the interstate and they want to do something, then why as government leaders should we tell them they don’t have the option of voting for that? Because we’ve got our head in the sand.”

He later added he didn’t think the measure had any chance of passing in the Legislature, though he did praise Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman for continuing to push that and other transit measures forward.

Four years ago, Latvala said it was time to examine consolidating HART and PSTA, the transit agencies in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, respectively. Two separate studies were taken on looking at a merger. The first showed a savings of $2.4 million, but a second KPMG study in 2014 showed those savings to be more modest at $330,000.

When anti-tax activist Tom Rask mentioned to Latvala that HART was opposed to the measure, Latvala simmered. “Of course both agencies are opposed to it, because people are going to lose their jobs!” He said both agencies had CEOs who made six-figure salaries, had lobbyists who came close to costing nearly $100,000, as well as various administrative staffs that could be reduced. “I cannot imagine you would not support something to reduce bureaucracy!,” he barked at Rask.

Rebecca Smith, a Republican running on Tuesday in the House District 60 race, challenged Latvala about his emphasis on mass transit, instead waxing rhapsodically on a future of autonomous vehicles. Latvala was unmoved, saying, it sounded like she was from the “Jeff Brandes school of mass transit” (the St. Petersburg Republican is an enthusiastic champion of such technology).

“You’re still talking about a vehicle on the road,” he countered. “The only difference is that they don’t have a driver.”

Latvala said he’s taken it relatively easy regarding contemplating state issues this summer, but now will begin digging in as he becomes Senate Appropriations Chair after the November elections. He said transit and the Rays’ fate will two of his biggest priorities moving forward.

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Here’s where sh*t stands in Tampa Bay state legislative races

Republican Sens. Tom Lee and Bill Galvano have already won re-election, and fellow GOP incumbent Sens. Jack Latvala and Jeff Brandes only face opposition from write-in candidates in their seats. Of the six Senate seats covering Hillsborough and Pinellas County, only districts 18 and 19 will be home to a new senator in the fall.

Tampa Republican Rep. Dana Young is the front-runner in the SD 18 race in both polling and fundraising, though favorable district lines and robust fundraising from Democratic attorney Bob Buesing mean the race is far from over.

Through Aug. 12, Young had a comfortable lead with nearly $400,000 on hand in her campaign account and another $774,000 on hand in her political committee, “Friends of Dana Young,” while Buesing’s most recent report shows him with $240,000 in the bank, including nearly $100,000 in loans.

Democrats have a slight advantage in voter registrations in the Hillsborough County district, which voted plus-1 for Barack Obama four years. Young and Buesing also face no-party candidates Sheldon Upthegrove and Joe Redner, though neither candidate has seen much success in fundraising.

The SD 19 race will be decided with the Aug. 30 Democratic Primary, and as of Aug. 12, St. Petersburg attorney Augie Ribeiro held a commanding fundraising lead over Reps. Ed Narain and Darryl Rouson, as well as former Rep. Betty Reed.

Ribeiro has supplied the bulk of his own campaign funds, with more than $500,000 in loans or self-contributions since he filed June 23, though he has spent most of that money for an on hand total of $33,761. Narain and Rouson each have about $51,000 in the bank, with Reed coming in at just under $20,000.

Whether Ribeiro’s massive ad buys — he spent nearly $150,000 on media and mailers between Aug. 6 and Aug. 12 — can put him on top of his three opponents remains to be seen, though the winner of the primary should have an easy time toppling lone Republican contender John “Mr. Manners” Houman.

In the House, Republican Reps. Jake Raburn and Jamie Grant and Democratic Rep. Janet Cruz have won re-election without opposition, while fellow incumbents Dan Raulerson, Chris Sprowls, Larry Ahern and Chris Latvala are all dominating their opponents on the fundraising front.

HD 69 Rep. Kathleen Peters has also turned on the afterburners in recent months to shoot past Democratic challenger Jennifer Webb, who she led by about $65,000 as of Aug. 12.

While Republican Rep. Ross Spano still leads in the HD 59 race, Democrat Rene Frazier has crossed the $100,000 on hand mark and only trails the incumbent by about $6,000.

Frazier, an attorney, still must get past schoolteacher Naze Sahebzamani in the Democratic Primary, however. As of her last report, she trailed Frazier with about $19,000 on hand.

HD 63 could also flip this cycle, as it did in 2012 and in 2014, though Republican Rep. Shawn Harrison has held on to the fundraising lead.

According to his most recent report, the two-time representative has about $116,000 in the bank compared to $84,000 for former Democratic Tampa City Council member Lisa Montelione.

Montelione no longer faces primary opponent Mike Reedy, who dropped out of the race, so she and Harrison have already begun the sprint toward Election Day.

Most of the rest of the Bay Area’s seats should be decided during the Aug. 30 primary election, including who will replace Young in HD 60, Rouson in HD 70 and Democratic Rep. Dwight Dudley in HD 68.

Republican Rebecca Smith has about $133,000 in the bank in the contest to take over for Young, compared to $61,000 for fellow Republican Jackie Toledo. Smith also picked up endorsements from top state level Republicans Adam Putnam and Jeff Atwater.

No matter who makes it out of the primary, they face stiff odds against lone Democratic candidate David Singer, though he has been able to amass a $67,000 war chest since filing for the seat in April.

In the HD 70 race St. Petersburg City Councilman Wengay Newton is the only candidate with money in his campaign account. His $22,000 on-hand total bests fellow Democrats CJ Czaia, who is $100 in the red, and Dan Fiorini, who has about $1,400.

Republican Cori Fournier is also running for the Democratic stronghold and has about $100 on hand.

In HD 68, Democrats Ben Diamond and Eric Lynn have been in a major spending battle, with Diamond nearly burning through all but about $14,000 of his $238,000 in fundraising thus far.

Lynn, who entered the race in May after dropping out of the CD 13 contest, has about $88,000 of his fundraising total, leaving him with about $20,000 in the bank Aug. 12.

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Jack Latvala talks transportation, infrastructure during AIF symposium

When it comes to the funding transportation and infrastructure, Sen. Jack Latvala has good news and bad news.

The good: State funding for transportation and infrastructure has bounced back after years of budget cuts. Recent budgets have been record setting, not just when it comes to roads, but all other aspects of transportation.

The bad news? Florida still has a backlog of projects, and the Clearwater Republican told business, political and transportation leaders Thursday he’s concerned the backlog will get worse before it gets better.

“We’ve got generally a political mood that is anti-tax, anti-new revenue,” he said during the 2016 Building Florida’s Future symposium in Tampa. “I predict that will continue for a couple more years, and I imagine the backlog will get a little worse.”

Latvala served as the chairman of the transportation, tourism and economic development appropriations subcommittee, and played a role in crafting the transportation budget. He has been tapped to head the full appropriations committee for the next two years.

The 2016-17 budget included $10.8 billion in transportation projects, and fully funded the Department of Transportation’s Work Program. The budget included $571.5 million for resurfacing more than 2,000 lane miles; $739.5 million for scheduled bridge repairs and replacements; and $3.9 billion to expand capacity.

Latvala said regional needs also should be addressed, in part to reduce congestion in the state’s metro areas. One way to solve the problem, Latvala said is to get people out of their cars and on to buses or trains.

According to 2013 U.S. Census data, 89.8 percent of the commuters in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties traveled by private vehicle. That was higher than the national average.

Census data showed just 1.4 percent of Tampa Bay commuters used public transportation to get to work. The area trailed South Florida, where about 3.8 percent of commuters used public transit.

Latvala helped kick of the day-long symposium, which is meant to bring together community leaders, lawmakers and industry experts to talk about the transportation, infrastructure and economic development issues important to Florida’s future. The event is sponsored by Associated Industries of Florida and Port Tampa Bay.

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Florida Senate Republicans raising money Wednesday in Big Apple

Senate Republicans are racking up frequent flier miles this summer.

The Florida Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee is holding a fundraiser in New York City on Wednesday. The event includes a VIP reception at the The London NYC, a luxury hotel in the heart of New York City, and a private dinner at A Voce, a swank restaurant in Columbus Circle.

Senate President Designate Joe Negron, the committee’s chairman, is listed  as the headliner. He’s expected to be joined by Sens. Lizbeth Benacquisto, Anitere Flores, Bill Galvano, Jack Latvala, Rob Bradley and Wilton Simpson.

The committee has spent the summer raising cash to keep Republicans in the majority, and their efforts have taken them beyond Florida’s borders. Last month, the Negron-led fundraising committee held a two-day fundraiser at Pebble Beach golf club in California.

California was a popular spot for Florida politicos last month. Innovate Florida, the fundraising committee backing Galvano, held a fundraiser in Napa Valley just a few days later.

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Jack Latvala to be first inductee into Legislative Hall of Fame at Pasco-Hernando State College

State Senator Jack Latvala will be the first legislator to be inducted into Pasco-Hernando State College’s Legislative Hall of Fame.

Latvala will be honored at a brief ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Alric C.T. Pottberg Library at the College’s West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey.

Morris Porton, chair of the PHSC District Board of Trustees, will officiate over the ceremony, which will include the unveiling of a plaque that will be displayed in perpetuity in the Legislative Hall of Fame. An identical plaque will be presented to Latvala.

PHSC President Timothy L. Beard will also recognize Latvala’s efforts leading to the construction of several buildings on the college’s West Campus, for strengthening articulation agreements with the University of South Florida and preserving the integrity of the college’s local service areas.

Latvala, a Republican, represents District 16 (District 20 before redistricting) that covers northern Pinellas County. Latvala first served in the state Senate from 1994 to 2002, when he termed out.

Latvala concentrated on his business interests after leaving the Senate. He decided to run again in 2009 when the state House voted to allow oil drilling within three miles of Gulf beaches. He was elected and has been re-elected since then. Latvala is running for re-election this year.

During his first stint in the Legislature, Latvala served as Senate Majority Leader and was named as a rising star by the Wall Street Journal. He was also repeatedly ranked as one of the most effective senators in an annual survey by the Miami Herald. He has been named “Legislator of the Year” more than 40 times by a wide range of statewide groups including law enforcement, first responders, environmentalists, business groups, medical associations and educators.

Among his accomplishments: Florida Forever, a land preservation program; creation of Tampa Bay Water, a national model for regional water supply planning; and the outlawing on predatory title loans in Florida. Other accomplishments: passing laws requiring Duke Energy to refund $600 million to customers in Florida; reforming laws prohibiting the bulk purchasing of condos which required owners to sell for pennies on the dollar; and ending Florida’s last-in-the-nation status of banning 64-ounce growlers which stifled the growth of small microbreweries in Florida.

He is a proponent of reducing taxes, reforming the state’s welfare system, enacting tough consumer protection laws and cracking down on violent crime and criminals. He also wants to improve the state’s educational system by providing sufficient funding for public schools, enforcing accountability in education, and providing opportunities and resources to children and families who need additional support to succeed.

He is the father of state Rep. Chris Latvala, also a Republican.

The Legislative Hall of Fame establishes a new PHSC tradition that recognizes legislators for supporting the college and higher education opportunities for their constituents. The event is open to the public.

PHSC serves the educational needs and interests of its community by awarding certificates, diplomas, associate and baccalaureate degrees. As a comprehensive, multi-campus learning-centered institution, PHSC utilizes various instructional modalities and support services. PHSC provides an accessible, diverse teaching and learning environment rich with opportunities for students to achieve academic success and cultural growth in a global society.

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State leaders, experts to discuss future of mobility at Better Transportation Summit

With the fatal crash of Tesla car on autopilot near Williston in May, Floridians already know the future of transportation is impacting the state’s highways.

Exploration of that future will be one of the themes when the 2016 Floridians for Better Transportation Summit meets Tuesday and Wednesday at the Loews Don CeSar Hotel on St. Pete Beach.

“Transportation is transformative. It has the power to fuel the economy, stimulate job creation and change the way we live,” said Floridians for Better Transportation President Matthew D. Ubben. “If Florida can get transportation right, the rest will follow.”

The keynote speaker will be Lawrence Burns, a former University of Michigan engineering professor who has also served as a vice president for research and development at General Motors.

Burns, the author of “Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st century,” has long been a champion of the “reinvention of the automobile,” including driverless cars, vehicle electrification, fuel cells, advanced batteries and other innovative vehicle concepts.

Other summit speakers include Sen. Jack Latvala, the incoming state Senate budget chair, and state Rep. Lake Ray, who will talk about local and statewide transportation issues.

Florida Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary Brian Blanchard will discuss developments in Tampa Bay’s transportation system.

Janet Zink, assistant vice president at Tampa International Airport and Jim Kuzma, chief operating officer at Space Florida, will provide updates on aviation and aerospace developments.

Port Tampa Bay Vice President Ram Kancharla will discuss the impact of the newly expanded Panama Canal.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, by video, will give an update on transportation developments in Washington, D.C., impacting Florida.

Other confirmed speakers include: FDOT District Secretary Paul Steinman, All Aboard Florida Vice President Rusty Roberts, Kenworth of Jacksonville President Denny Ross, BB&T Capital Markets Managing Director Kevin Sterling and Jim Tymon, chief operating officer for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Ed Moore, president of the Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida, will talk about Florida’s political outlook.

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