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Adam Putnam: Florida ‘can be the jumping off point for the American Dream’

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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has a theory. Some of the most talented people in the world are going to end up in Florida at some point in their lives. He just wants that to be sooner, rather than later. “I want Florida to be more than the prize for a life well lived, of success accumulated someplace else,” said Putnam during the 2016 Future of Florida Forum Wednesday. “We can be the jumping-off point for the American Dream; the place where…

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Aging water infrastructure could cost state billions to repair

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Addressing water infrastructure concerns could cost billions over the next 20 years, leaving state and local officials to figure out where to get the money to make improvements to an aging system. One possible source of revenue? Money set aside from the 2014 water and land conservation amendment. The constitutional amendment set aside one-third of money collected through real estate documentary stamps for conservation over the next 20 years. And while many people focus on land acquisition when they discuss…

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Personnel note: Sharon Trost joins Anfield Consulting

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Sharon Trost, a registered professional geologist and certified land use planner, has joined Tallahassee’s Anfield Consulting public affairs firm. The firm announced the hire this week; Trost joined the team Sept. 12. “Sharon is widely recognized for her energy, tenacity, and passion when it comes to water issues,” said Albert Balido, founder of Anfield Consulting—commonly referred to as “the water guys” around the Capitol. “In a year when we expect water policy and the Everglades to once again dominate much of the legislative conversation, Sharon’s experience…

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Firms collect nearly $31 million in Legislature lobbying fees for Q3 2015

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Ballard Partners tops the compensation list for lobbying the Florida Legislature in the third quarter of 2015, bringing in $2.22 million, according to newly released compensation reports. Registered lobbying firms took in almost $32 million in fees — $31,775,000 to be (somewhat) exact — between July and September 2015 to represent clients in front of Florida lawmakers. In addition to Ballard — the only firm reporting over $2 million in compensation — three other companies cracked the $1 million mark: Ronald…

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Halloween is brought you by these Florida lobbyists and political associations

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Even though classic costumes such as witches, vampires and Frankenstein’s monster may have gone out of style and been replaced by superheroes and Star Wars characters, the Halloween spirit is alive and well. The Florida Department of Health said this week that the average American will eat 3.4 pounds of candy this weekend, and many kids will eat more than 70,000 calories during their post trick-or-treating binge. It’ll take more than a couple loops around the block to work that off. There’s no such thing as Halloween…

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Personnel note: Anfield Consulting adds environmental policy pro Pepper Uchino

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Tallahassee-based boutique public affairs firm Anfield Consulting has announced the addition of environmental policy authority Pepper Uchino. As a policy expert for the Florida Legislature, Uchino’s work in the Senate touched on nearly every aspect of Florida’s environmental policy. Among his various roles included director of governmental affairs for The Trust for Public Land and a legislative attorney for the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation, as well as for the Select Committee on Inland Waters. Most recently, Uchino…

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Lobbyist Lee Killinger leaves Anfield Consulting for new role at Mosaic Company

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Influential environmental lobbyist Lee Killinger is leaving the boutique public affairs firm Anfield Consulting for a new role at The Mosaic Company. As director of public policy and government affairs, Killinger will direct Tallahassee advocacy efforts for the phosphate unit of the nation’s leading producer of agricultural nutrients. Mosaic is the Polk County-based phosphate fertilizer mining and manufacturing firm — the world’s largest combined producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash. Killinger will serve as a principal adviser to the company’s leadership on government affairs…

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