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Personnel note: Alan Suskey adds Rob Fields to his burgeoning firm

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Rob Fields, a former state technology official, is joining Suskey Consulting as Vice President of Government Affairs, the firm announced Monday. Fields, a state government veteran, was Chief Information Officer for two state agencies, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the Agency for Health Care Administration. He also has been a “government affairs consultant for Fortune 500 and other various technology companies,” according to a press release. “Rob has an established record as a thoughtful leader and business partner,” firm principal…

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RSA Consulting, Suskey Consulting tapped to lobby for PSTA

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Members of the board that oversees Pinellas transportation voted Wednesday to hire Alan Suskey and RSA Consulting to represent the county’s transit authority before the Florida Legislature. The vote was unanimous, with Ben Diamond abstaining. Diamond is running for the state House District 68 seat and wanted to avoid the appearance of impropriety should he win. Staff members of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority had recommended that board members hire RSA and Suskey for a three-year contract with two one-year…

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RSA Consulting, Alan Suskey likely to be next PSTA lobbyists

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A committee for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority has recommended that RSA Consulting Group become the next state lobbyist for the county’s bus system. But the proposed deal comes with a string attached: Lobbyist Alan Suskey must be part of the contract. For the two — RSA and Suskey — the PSTA will pay up to $7,500 a month or no more than $90,000 annually. The contract will last for three years and will have two one-year extensions. The proposed contract is expected to…

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Quorum — Tampa Bay’s not-too-political happy hour — returns tonight

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Quorum, the occasional not-too-political happy hour, returns to St. Petersburg Friday, April 15. As one of Tampa Bay’s premier casual networking events, Quorum features candidates, operatives, media and political enthusiasts of all stripes. The get-together will start with 5 p.m. hors d’oeuvres at its customary location: Cassis American Brasserie on Beach Drive. Sponsors of the first Quorum of 2016 – co-hosted by Michelle Todd and Peter Schorsch – are Alan Suskey, Laura Boehmer, Seth McKeel, David Shepp, Franco Ripple, Anthony…

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State panel talks dollars and cents of medical pot

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It’s still not clear how much a proposed constitutional amendment allowing medical use of marijuana will cost the state to implement, nor how much Florida will gain financially from it. The state’s Financial Impact Estimating Conference, made up of various state officials, met Wednesday to go over nearly 600 pages of reference material on the initiative. One estimate in the materials showed administrative costs to the state of more than $1 million, but also showed such costs would likely be offset by…

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Ed Montanari to host May 28 funder at St. Pete’s Green Bench Brewing

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St. Petersburg City Council hopeful Ed Montanari is calling on friends and supporters to join him Thursday, May 28, for a fundraiser in his District 3 campaign. The event begins 5:30 p.m. at the Green Bench Brewing Company, 1133 Baum Avenue, in St. Petersburg. Currently, the event’s host committee has a handful of Pinellas County’s top political and business leaders: state Sen. Jeff Brandes; lobbyist Alan Suskey; Riley Hansen and Lacy Maguire of Poli Solutions Consulting, area business executives Nick…

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Former aide to Bill Young, Iraq war veteran Alan Suskey passes on run in House District 51

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When news first broke that Connie Deneault was dropping out of the race for House District 52 and that political newcomer Jeff Brandes would take up the GOP standard, a corollary story developed about the Republican Party recruiting a “serious” candidate to challenge Democratic incumbent Janet Long in House District 51.  Evidently, the RPOF was not especially enthusiastic about either of the current of the candidates Larry Ahern or Dawn Thompson.  So who was this “serious” candidate?  And would they,…

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