Get ready for the return of TallyMadness!

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A multi-billion dollar state budget gap.  A controversial effort to “reform” the education system by instituting a “parental trigger.” A proposal to reform the PIP insurance system.  These are but three of the dozens of earth-shattering important issues debated during the 2012 Legislation Session.

Who cares?

The Legislative Session is also about the the tangential and the trivial, but it’s the tangential and trivial which drives the state capital.

That’s why SaintPetersblog.com is excited to announce the return of TallyMadness — an online voting competition to determine who is the “best” lobbyist in Florida.

Just like college basketball fans who fill out their brackets as part of “March Madness”, political aficionados in the capital and beyond can vote on a series of bracketed match-ups pitting Florida’s top lobbyists against each other.

Right now, we are still accepting nominations for who should make the big dance. From there, a select, anonymous committee will then seed the lobbyists, 1 through 64.  Voters will select the winner of each match-up, with first round voting beginning March 20 and lasting through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 23.

If you would like to nominate a lobbyist or would like to serve on the select committee, please e-mail me at SaintPeter4@gmail.com.

Voters can also follow @TallyMadness on Twitter, where sneak-peaks of current match-up will be provided, along with other interesting news and tidbits.

Those who visit TallyMadness.com are asked to e-mail any suggestions they have to improve the site — and later-round voting — to tallymadness@gmail.com.

Let the TallyMadness begin.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.