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Cindy Gruden at Capitol to support boosting cigarette tax for Moffitt Cancer funding

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With former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden sick at home, wife Cindy Gruden stepped in to stump for Moffitt Cancer Center‘s request for increased funding at the Capitol. Gruden was one of more than 75 representatives of the Moffitt Cancer Center, who came by bus and bicycle — doctors, patients, caregivers, community leaders, and researchers — Tuesday to ask the Legislature to support identical bills (SB 662 and HB 651) filed by Sen. Dana Young and Rep. James Grant. The bills…

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Memorial Day is brought to you by these lobbyists, associations and, of course, Publix

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Summertime is here — well, unofficially. While Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces, the holiday also marks the unofficial start of summer. That means baseball games and cookouts; road trips to the state’s theme parks; and a plethora of tourists visiting restaurants, beaches and hotels. More than 38 million travelers were expected to travel this holiday weekend, according to the AAA 2016 Memorial Day travel forecast. The motor group estimated…

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Adams & Reese collects $120K in Q2 lobbying earnings

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Adams & Reese — piloted by former Florida House Speaker H. Lee Moffitt –– took in a healthy sum from its governmental relations work last quarter: some $120,000, according to estimates based on recently submitted compensation reports. As you might expect from a former presiding officer in the Legislature, around $90,000 of that came from work influencing state lawmakers, with the remaining $30,000 stemming from representation before executive state agencies. The former Tampa representative for whom the renowned Moffitt Cancer Center is…

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House red-light cameras bill rolls through committee stop

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State Rep. Bryan Avila faced pointed scrutiny in the House Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee on Monday, as he played shepherd to a bill that would circumscribe the way cities and local governments can use controversial devices to detect traffic infractions known as red-light cameras. HB 7071 sought to limit the amount of infraction-based revenue cities get to spend on matters unrelated to public safety — many have referred to the cameras as “cash cows” for municipalities — require citations…

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