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Memorial Day Weekend brought to you by these lobbyists and associations

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Summertime is here — well, almost. While Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces, the holiday also marks the unofficial start to summer. And for many people, that means it’s time to start thinking about summer vacation. More than 39.9 million Americans are expected to travel more than 50 miles away from home this Memorial Day, making one of the highest volume of travel since 2005, according to AAA – The Auto…

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Easter and Passover as brought to you by these lobbyists and political associations

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Grab your bonnet, pull out the seersucker and get ready for a good-old-fashion Easter egg hunt. Americans are expected to spend about $18.4 billion on Easter this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey. That projection is 6 percent higher than last year’s record of $17.3 billion and marks an all-time high in the 14 years the national organization has conducted the survey. The increase in spending is likely due to how late the holiday falls on the…

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HD 66 hopeful Berny Jacques starts strong, raises nearly $30K in March

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Berny Jacques raised $29,740 in March, the first month of fundraising after launching a 2018 bid for Pinellas County’s House District 66. Contributors to the former Pinellas County Assistant State Attorney’s campaign include former Jeb Bush staffer Slater Bayliss, GOP fundraiser Brent Sembler, local Republican heavyweight Jim Holton, Tampa Chamber of Commerce Chair Mike Griffin and Fritz Brogan, former Executive Deputy Chief of Staff to Gov. Rick Scott. Jacques also picked up an endorsement from another local Pinellas County official,…

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George P. Bush to visit Tampa April 12 for fundraising luncheon

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Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush will be in Tampa this month at a fundraising luncheon hosted by former Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford. Bush, son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, will appear Tuesday, April 12, at the Oxford Exchange in Tampa. Co-hosting the event, which begins at noon, is A-list lobbyist Slater Bayliss of Cardenas Partners. Although his father recently ended a presidential bid, the grandson of George H.W. Bush and the nephew of George W. Bush is expected…

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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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Florida Cabinet, GOP leaders to turn out for Jeb Bush fundraiser Thursday evening

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Several high-profile Florida Republicans, including all three members of the Florida Cabinet, are lending their support this week to raise money for the presidential campaign of former Gov. Jeb Bush. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam have been named honorary co-chairs of a $2,700 per person fundraiser scheduled for Thursday evening. The location of the event, which is set to begin at 7:30 p.m., will be provided upon RSVP. According to the invite,…

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Five firms vie to be next Pasco County lobbyist

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Five companies are under consideration to become the next Tallahassee lobbyist for Pasco County, with county commissioners asked to narrow the list down to three before scheduling oral presentations for Oct. 19. As reported by the Tampa Bay Times, two firms are from Tallahassee — Pittman Law Group and Public Affairs Consultants. The others are Smith, Bryan & Myers, The Advocacy Group of Cardenas Partners and Shawn Foster of the Trinity-based Sunrise Consulting Group. Pittman represents Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee, Port Orange,…

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