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Independence Day is brought to you by these lobbyists and political associations

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Whether it’s on a boat or at the beach, setting off fireworks or firing up the grill, Floridians are expected to kick off Fourth of July weekend in style. An estimated 2.3 million Floridians are expected to travel during the holiday weekend, part of a historic holiday travel weekend travel pattern, according to AAA – The Auto Club Group. The company forecasts an estimated 44.2 million Americans will travel between Friday and Tuesday. The group expects 2 million Floridians will…

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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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Report: Greg Steube sponsored legislation that benefited his employer

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Rep. Greg Steube sponsored legislation in 2013 that financially benefited his law firm. Steube, a Sarasota Republican, sponsored legislation in 2013 that created the framework that allows local governments to develop public private partnerships, often called PPPs. POLITICO Florida reported that the law also benefited Steube’s employer. Steube is an attorney with Becker & Poliakoff, and according to POLITICO Florida, the firm has 13 Florida offices or businesses tied to the PPP industry. The firm’s chief operating officer was appointed…

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Karen Skyers named distinguished FAMU law alumna

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Tampa attorney Karen Skyers has been named a member of the “Distinguished Alumni” by the Florida A&M University College of Law. Skyers, now with the Government Law & Lobbying Practice Group at Becker & Poliakoff, received the award May 14. It “recognizes alumni who have excelled in the legal profession while contributing to the community and school,” according to a press release. She graduated from the law school in 2010. Skyers, who also speaks Spanish, was secretary of the Black Law Student…

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

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Easter – like the 2016 Legislative Session – came early this year. Feels weird to have it be all over in March, right? The moveable feast dates back to the mid-2nd century A.D. on the Christian calendar and celebrates a redemption and rebirth that Capitol-going advocates of some issues – say, Transportation Network Companies legislation or campus carry – will also hope for in 2017. The Jewish holiday Passover – of which Easter is generally considered the Gentile equivalent –  memorializes the emancipation of Israelites held…

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Firms collect more than $35 million in fees during first quarter of 2015 to lobby Legislature

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Southern Strategy Group led all firms in compensation for lobbying the Florida Legislature during the first quarter of 2015, hauling in $2.25 million, according to recently released lobbying compensation figures. Registered lobbying firms, representing virtually every industry sector in Florida, reported earning slightly more than $35 million from January to March of this year. That figure represents an lobbying industry-wide uptick of nearly 17 percent over the same period last year, when firms took home roughly $30 million collectively. SSG stood alone in…

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