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Lobbyist Sean Pittman switches sides in ride-sharing wars

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High-profile lawyer-lobbyist Sean Pittman, who formerly represented the Florida Limousine Association, is switching sides to Uber, the ride-sharing service. Pittman, one of INFLUENCE magazine’s “Top 100 Influencers,” is a big get for Uber, based in San Francisco. Pittman’s reach is statewide, with a presence in Tallahassee, Palm Beach County, and Miami. Expect Pittman and Uber to push lawmakers to pass a measure giving Florida regulatory power over app-based transportation services, taking control away from individual cities and counties. As Session gets under way,…

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Jeff Brandes and Matt Gaetz make their case for ‘inevitable’ Uber, as taxi and limo drivers picket

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State Sen. Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg and Shalimar state Rep. Matt Gaetz held a joint conference with representatives from Uber Technologies late this morning. Their message: Uber is here to stay in Florida’s streets and in state statute. “On the other side of this issue, though,” said Brandes, “you’ve got municipalities who, be it through crony capitalism or collusive capitalism, continue to throw up regulations to stop the free market. But I will fight with anyone who will fight with me to make…

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The week ahead in the Florida Legislature

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This week in Florida Politics we shall seek clarity. By week’s end we will know about the House and Senate’s competing budget proposals, how Rob Bradley intends to solve the Charlotte’s Web mystery and whether service in the Confederate Army is Hall of Fame material. The highlight of a busy week comes Wednesday when both the Senate Appropriations and the House Appropriations committees will work on their respective budget proposals. The House’s opening bid is $76.2 billion and the Senate’s…

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