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4th Floor Files talks with Sean Pittman about end-of-session blues, an antique Mercedes and the City of Gretna

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The latest edition of the 4th Floor Files talks with attorney and lobbyist Sean Pittman, named one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in Tallahassee by the Tallahassee Democrat. In addition to lobbying and his legal practice, Pittman also co-hosts The Usual Suspects, one of North Florida’s and South Georgia’s premier weekly political talk shows. Here is the file on Sean Pittman: Significant other? Children? Grandkids? My wife Audra; we have been married since 2009. We have three beautiful daughters:…

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4th Floor Files talks with Thomas Hobbs about educating legislators, Blackhawks and Go Army!

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The latest edition of the 4th Floor Files speaks with Thomas Hobbs, the newest member of the Liberty Partners of Tallahassee’s lobbying team. Serving as Liberty’s director of operations and government eelations, Hobbs brings a decade of experience with state government, including both the Governor’s Office and the Florida House of Representatives. As a helicopter pilot for the Florida National Guard, Hobbs’ lobbying specialty is in a number of military-related issues: aerospace, domestic security, military affairs and political communications. Here…

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4th Floor Files talks with Kirk Pepper about creating wealth, fixing problems and just being nice

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Over the course of the past decade, Kirk Pepper has served as a top Florida House aide, a political adviser to both House Speaker Dean Cannon and former state Rep. Chris Dorworth as well as helping elected officials in seven states in the Southeast. Pepper also served as deputy director of the Republican Party of Florida during the 2008 election cycle and as victory director in 2006. In addition, he played a key role in Missouri for the 2004 Bush-Cheney re-election campaign. Here is…

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4th Floor Files talks with Steve Wise about shoes, spaghetti and Ronald Reagan

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Stephen R. Wise served 25 years as a lawmaker; first elected to the state House of Representatives in 1989 and term-limited out of the Senate in 2014. Wise was a skillful lawmaker in the area of education. As chair of both education appropriation and policy committees he would hold up bills until he believed they were ready for debate. He often spiced his floor speeches with stories of his time as a classroom teacher in the mid-1960s. “I thought I was…

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4th Floor Files talks with Allison Liby-Schoonover about solutions, good red wine and a big tent

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Today’s chapter of the “4th Floor Files” talks with Allison Liby-Schoonover of Metz, Husband & Daughton. Alli brings more than a decade of government experience in both legislative and executive branches. In addition to serving as a legislative analyst in the Senate Majority Office, specializing in education and agriculture, Alli had played a key role as deputy Senate finance director at the Republican Party of Florida in the 2012 election cycle. Prior to that, she worked in legislative affairs department…

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4th Floor Files talks with Mario Bailey about government, Ronald Reagan and mentoring

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The latest chapter of “4th Floor Files” talks with Mario Bailey, a lobbyist with the Becker & Poliakoff firm. Bailey represents clients from a variety of sectors including government -– he has six Florida governments including Cape Coral, Hollywood and Lauderdale Lakes, education -– Bethune Cookman, Florida Memorial University and Miami-Dade Schools and businesses –- the Florida Independent Spirits Association, The Safety-Net Hospital Alliance and American Traffic Solutions. Prior to joining Becker & Poliakoff, Bailey served as the chief legislative aide…

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4th Floor Files talks with Erin Daly Ballas on Keep Florida Beautiful, Whole30 and ‘Not Her Circus’

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Erin Daly Ballas is the featured Tallahassee player in today’s chapter of the 4th Floor Files. Currently she serves as an associate on Jack and Kenya Cory’s Public Affairs Consultant’s team, where she began in 2008 as a legislative intern. During the 2015 legislative session, Erin will advocate for a range of interests, including both the Florida and National Greyhound Associations, the City of Jacksonville Beach, Outward Bound Discovery, the Florida Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs and American Elder…

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