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Personnel note: Thomas Hobbs joins Ramba Consulting

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Thomas Hobbs is the newest lobbyist with Ramba Consulting Group, and will become Chief Pilot and Operations Manager for Capital Air Service, according to a Thursday press release. Hobbs, a captain in the Florida Army National Guard, is just back from National Guard duty in the Florida Keys after Hurricane Irma, and less than six months after a deployment in Iraq.

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TallyMadness update: Jim Magill keeping it close with #2 seed David Ramba

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Despite a number 15 seeding this year Jim Magill is hanging around in a close contest with David Ramba in 2015’s TallyMadness – the online voting competition to determine Florida’s “best” lobbyist. Magill, a regular in the pantheon of TallyMadness late-round contenders, has so far won 45.1 percent of the vote to Ramba’s 54.9 in a highly-trafficked Round of 64 matchup. Ramba’s colleague at his lobbying firm, Allison Carvajal is also leading her matchup in the early going, topping Gary Guzzo – Ramba’s second-round opponent in…

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Optometrists, contact lens retailers fight battle along blurred lines

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Editor’s Note: As the 2015 Legislative Session approaches, is reporting on several “legislative food fights” likely to break out during the annual lawmaking period. These food fights don’t always make the front page of the Tampa Bay Times, but they are the kind of industry vs. industry or intra-industry turfbattles that drive Tallahassee — and expand the economics for state lobbyists. The first profile focused on an expected scrum between Big Tobacco and trial lawyers, a second story focused on the tax exemption on jet fuel purchases,…

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