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HART board member Kathleen Shanahan latest to call for abolishing PTC

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The Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission’s vote last week to approve new rules that could compel ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft to leave the area has given new life to those who believe the agency should be abolished. The latest entrant in that camp is HART board member Kathleen Shanahan, who, in a letter published in Monday’s Tampa Bay Times, invokes the U.S. Constitution in arguing why the PTC should not be imposing any rules on the transportation network companies. “The…

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Jeff Brandes says regulations for Uber could surface in special session

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As of early Friday afternoon, the ride-sharing app Uber had garnered over 25,000 signatures on its website petitioning state lawmakers to address regulation issues regarding transportation network companies (TNC) when they convene in a special session next month. And one influential Republican says he wouldn’t be surprised to see such legislation brought up when the House and Senate regroup three weeks from this coming Monday. “I won’t count out Uber for the special session,” said St. Petersburg state Sen. Jeff Brandes, who chairs the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.21.15 — Odds looking better for David Jolly for Senate in ’16?

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A week ago I spoke with someone close to David Jolly about the fact that the Pinellas County congressman was going to take some time to consider a candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2016. There were and are a number of pros and cons, of course, for the still newbie Republican representative to contemplate in making such a momentous career decision. The biggest downside is the very real possibility that after yearning to serve in Washington for perhaps his entire…

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Florida Senate panel postpones vote on gay adoption ban

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In Tallahassee this afternoon, a Senate committee postponed a vote on a controversial bill that would allow private adoption agencies in Florida to be able to turn away same-sex couples based on religious and moral beliefs. The fate of the legislation is now in question. Chairman David Simmons said he would confer with Senate President Andy Gardiner on what to do next with the measure, which passed the entire House of Representatives earlier this month. The Conscience Protection for Actions of Private…

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