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Paul Tash’s daughter representing company in Bill Edwards lawsuit

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The attorney-daughter of Times Publishing Company chairman and CEO Paul Tash is now among the lawyers involved in a case lodged by whistleblowers against St. Petersburg developer and philanthropist Bill Edwards and his former Mortgage Investors Corp., court records show.

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Independence Day is brought to you by these lobbyists and political associations

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Whether it’s on a boat or at the beach, setting off fireworks or firing up the grill, Floridians are expected to kick off Fourth of July weekend in style. An estimated 2.3 million Floridians are expected to travel during the holiday weekend, part of a historic holiday travel weekend travel pattern, according to AAA – The Auto Club Group. The company forecasts an estimated 44.2 million Americans will travel between Friday and Tuesday. The group expects 2 million Floridians will…

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Personnel note: Beth Vecchioli rejoins Carlton Fields’s insurance regulatory practice

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Welcome back, Beth Vecchioli. The veteran lobbyist has rejoined the firm of Carlton Fields to serve as a Senior Director — Government Consulting. In this position, Vecchioli will serve as co-chair of the firm’s property and casualty regulatory group. Before joining Carlton Fields, Vecchioli served as a senior policy advisor and member of Holland & Knight’s Florida government advocacy team. A former member of Carlton Fields for nine years, serving as a government consultant from 2003-2012, Vecchioli advises clients in…

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Dedicated bus service between Tampa, St. Pete and Tampa International on top of HART $ wish list in 2017

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“The AirPorter,” a dedicated bus service line that would connect downtown Tampa, downtown St. Petersburg, and the Carillon area of St. Petersburg to Tampa International Airport, is the top priority for federal and state funding in 2017 for the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority. That’s according to Cesar Hernandez, HART’s government relations specialist, who briefed the transit agency’s legislative and strategic planning committee meeting on Monday. As outlined by HART officials, the service would use a “premium vehicle” that would run every 15…

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Southern Political Report names Florida’s top five lobbying firms

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Southern Political Report, a glossy quarterly focused on insider aspects of Dixie politics, has ranked the top law and lobbying firms in each Southern state for its newest issue. The top “small firms” (the magazine’s words, not ours) devoted to governmental affairs consulting in Florida were listed as follows: Ballard Partners Southern Strategy Group Capital City Consulting Corcoran & Johnston The Rubin Group According to the magazine’s methodology, rankings were compiled based on “the results of an online survey sent to lobbyists and…

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Media attorney thinks Florida’s new drone law is unconstitutional

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a drone privacy law last week that bans drone surveillance of private citizens without their consent, but a Washington, D.C.-based media attorney thinks the Sunshine State has gone too far in attempting to regulate this emerging new technology. Chuck Tobin is a partner in Holland & Knight’s Washington, D.C., office. He chair’s the firm’s National Media Practice, which includes leading H&K’s “Drone Practice Team.” He’s intimately familiar with Florida’s media laws, having  taught media law and ethics…

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‘4th Floor Files’ talks with Joshua Aubuchon about ‘the game,’ Makers’ Mark and freeing growlers

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Today’s installment of the “4th Floor Files” talks with Joshua Aubuchon of the Tallahassee office of Holland & Knight. Josh’s specialties include advocacy for alcoholic beverages, property and automobile insurance, tort reform and health care. Clients include the Florida Chamber of Commerce, State Farm Florida, Shands HealthCare and the Florida Brewers Guild, which puts Josh in the thick of the legislative battle to legalize 64-oz. “growlers” in 2015. Here’s the file on Josh Aubuchon: Significant other? Children? Grand kids? I am…

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