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Kevin Cate’s 2015 holiday greeting brought to you by “misfit” Donald Trump

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Strategist and communications consultant Kevin Cate just released his 2015 online holiday greeting Monday morning, and we get the feeling supporters of Donald Trump‘s 2016 bid for the White House won’t be watching it around the Christmas ham. CateComm’s new video asks whether Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – or any other red-state hero – can “save” the GOP from a victory by the free-wheeling New York real estate mogul. The production incorporates footage from the 1964 Burl Ives-narrated Christmas television classic, while quoting…

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Chris Hand rebuffs possible Andrew Gillum Congress bid, calls Corrine Brown “miracle worker”

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In terms of Jacksonville politics, few have a résumé to match that of former Chief of Staff Chris Hand, who worked in the Alvin Brown administration for its entire four years, and before that was press secretary for then-Sen. Bob Graham and campaign manager for Alex Sink when she won as state CFO in 2006. Hand is working on a new edition of his book with Graham, “America, the Owner’s Manual: Making Government Work for You.” Hand knows the players and knows the…

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Meet Matt Galka, one of the ’30 under 30′ rising stars of Florida politics

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Matt Galka‘s secret to success? “Be the same person on TV that you could talk to at a bar,” he says. The 27-year-old “multimedia journalist” started with Tallahassee’s local CBS affiliate, WCTV, in 2011. He’s now with Capitol News Service, helmed by broadcast veteran Mike Vasilinda, reporting “on the Florida Legislature and politics for more than two million viewers daily,” Galka’s website says. His work has caught the attention of his peers; he won the “Best Overall” award in 2013 from Florida…

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2015 Florida Legislative Aide Study: To change law, bring solutions and don’t be a jerk

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Citizens are twice as important in the lawmaking process as lobbyists or the governor, less than half of lawmakers operate their own social media all of the time, and newspapers aren’t dead to lawmakers, according to the 2015 CATECOMM Florida Legislative Aide Study. “Most of the advice from legislative aides to the public is strikingly simple,” said Kevin Cate, founder of CATECOMM, a public relations and advertising firm. “If you want to make or change a law, get off the…

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Kevin Cate’s first Rocket Lobby results are in: MRV, Lizbeth Benacquisto most responsive Florida lawmakers

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Cate Communications founder Kevin Cate today sent out the first month of data on Florida lawmaker responsiveness, as determined by his newest product Rocket Lobby. Rocket Lobby organizes and measures efforts by constituents to contact their local legislators. A citizen can enter their address and be directed toward the politician who represents them in both the state House and Senate, complete with email addresses and contact info for lawmakers’ district and Capitol offices. The most responsive during the month of September? Democratic…

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Stephanie Smith to join Uber in Florida

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Uber, the hired-car company seeking to secure its presence in Florida, has taken on former Florida-based lobbyist Stephanie Smith to head up its external affairs in the Sunshine State. Smith will leave her Atlanta-based post as AT&T’s director of public affairs for Florida and Georgia. She’ll direct Uber’s media and public relations and lobbying efforts. Smith and Uber representatives declined to comment before the company makes a formal announcement. She joins the ride-hailing service as it fights on several fronts in Florida, including legislative,…

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Steve Schale’s big news

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Next month, Steve Schale is taking his talents to sub-Saharan Africa. The Democratic strategist will lead a bipartisan delegation of American political professionals to Namibia and Botswana as part of an exchange program sponsored by the American Council of Young Political Leaders. Schale will escort a cohort of Americans to meet and swap electoral insights with the National Youth Council in Namibia and the Organization for Youth and Elections in Botswana. Both organizations coordinate closely with the U.S. Embassies in Windhoek and Gaborone, which will help…

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