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Personnel note: Dale Patchett moves to Johnson & Blanton

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Veteran lawmaker and lobbyist Dale Patchett is joining the Johnson & Blanton lobbying firm.   “Dale Patchett brings an incredible history and perspective to our firm,” firm founder Jon Johnson said. “He has seen government operate from every angle as both an elected legislator and appointed official. He was Republican in Florida before it was fashionable … and not just a rank and file Republican but an early pioneer and leader in the party.” Patchett was elected seven times to the…

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Thanksgiving 2016, as brought to you by these Florida lobbyists and political organizations

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It’s time to talk turkey. And stuffing, pie and football. Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the winter holiday season; the first stop in a month of non-stop holiday parties and celebrations. It’s also a day for Americans to reflect on what they’re grateful for, something that is especially important in these tense times. But it’s also a day to gorge yourself on goodies, sneak a snack in between meals, and loosen your belts while watching the big game. And you…

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Takeaways from Tallahassee – The “That Was Easy” edition

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Gov. Rick Scott gave a State of the State speech on Tuesday that was focused almost entirely on creating jobs and cutting taxes, boasting that Florida has added more than a million jobs since he took office. During Scott’s speech, there was, of course, the obligatory cheering and standing ovations. There was also “wooing.” At least, that’s how lobbyist Gus Corbella described it on Twitter. @GusCorbella: Wooing is never appropriate for the State of the State. This is a speech in the…

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4th Floor Files talks with Shawn Foster about fried chicken, gratitude and ballin’ with Bousquet

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The latest edition of the 4th Floor Files talks with lobbyist Shawn Foster, a government relations consultant with Sunrise Consulting Group. Foster represents about a dozen clients — mostly in the Tampa Bay area — including the Florida Blueberry Growers Association, Sarasota County and the City of Brooksville. Here is the file on Shawn Foster. Significant other? Children? Grandkids? My wife Teresa and I have been married for 10 years. We have three children: Christian, 23; Andrew, 20; and Kaylee, 14…

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Meet Sara Johnson, one of the ’30 under 30′ rising stars of Florida politics

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It’s been a busy year for Sara Johnson. Since joining the anti-gambling expansion No Casinos team in early January, Johnson has spoken to more than 35 civic groups, radio shows and political clubs, along with a bevy of community leaders. The 21-year-old got an early introduction to hectic paces. At 14, she attended her first TeenPact Leadership class and learned about the legislative process, later volunteering for her first campaign: The 2008 constitutional amendment on marriage, which passed with 62 percent of the vote. Sara eventually…

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