How TallyMadness was responsible for solving two of this legislative session’s most difficult issues

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 Two major issues came to a compromise on Thursday, calming the tone (and perhaps the excitement) of two of the biggest legislative battles that have played out in the press.  

I personally think that I can take credit for these because lobbyists are trying to impress their colleagues so  they will vote for them in Tallymadness.com and hearing that I am in town, but I could be wrong. 

Nonetheless, a Herculean lift by #1 seed Nick Iarossi, who helped broker a deal for his client, The Everglades Foundation, with #3 seed Robert Coker and #9 seed Gaston Cantens and the Sugar Industry.  Even my favorite Senator, Jack Latvala, applauded the sponsor, Senator David Simmons, for being a miracle worker and bringing together groups who typically never agree. 

I must also mention that Claudia Davant and Dave Ericks are on team Everglades and on Tallymadness.com, but I can’t list all of the sugar lobbyists who are on there because let’s face it, it is basically EVERYONE ELSE. 

Also on the compromise-rumor wagon today is the eye-ball fights, with the Optos – A-Team of David Ramba, Bill Rubin, Corcoran & Johnston, Mayernick squared, Ross, and Turnbull coming to an agreement with Brian Ballard and Iarossi’s ophthalmology folks to bring another battle in for a smooth landing  – all before the end of week 3. 

So my question is this, what will all of the sugar, Everglades, Optos and Ophthalmology lobbyists do with their time now?  Probably vote on Tallymadeness.com.  

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.