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William Peebles’ firm rakes in $310K in Q2 lobby fees

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The two-lobbyist governmental relations firm William J. Peebles, PA, operated by the firm’s namesake along with John Wayne Smith, reported earning more than $300,000 during the second quarter of 2015, according to recently submitted compensation reports. The boutique shop’s list of clients heavily tilted toward local government clients: nearly all of the Peeble’s 22 legislative and 21 executive lobbying clients were municipalities or related entities. The City of Tampa and Florida Municipal Insurance Trust were the highest-paying of the firm’s legislative clients, contributing between $20,000-$29,999…

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The day that was at the Florida Capitol — March 30

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The day at the state Capitol began dark Monday. As we approach the mid-point of the 60 days of the legislative session, apparently the grind is starting to get to people. Someone forgot to turn on the lights this morning in the hallway leading to the Senate pressroom. It was eerie walking a usually bustling, noisy corridor in the subdued quiet and darkness of a Monday morning. Sort of like serving school detention and being freed after the janitors had…

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Legislators pound FMPA after top officials fail to appear

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Senators and representatives serving on a panel that oversees state audits responded angrily on Monday when they were told that top officials at the Florida Municipal Power Agency were too busy to meet to discuss audit findings that described lavish spending and risky fuel trading schemes. And state Sen. Joe Abruzzo, a Democrat from Wellington who chairs the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, vowed that FMPA officials will be subpoenaed when they are requested again to attend a committee meeting. The…

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