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Oakland Raiders take up residence in Tampa Bay

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It appears the Oakland Raiders will be moving from their home on the east side of San Francisco Bay in the not-too-distant future. While Las Vegas is the final destination, pending NFL approval, the Raiders are establishing a temporary residence in the Tampa Bay area this week. After Oakland’s 33-16 romp over the Jaguars in Jacksonville, Coach Jack Del Rio and his team flew to Sarasota instead of home to Oakland to spend the week. With a game on Sunday…

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Corcoran & Johnston hauls in $1.3 million in Q2 lobbying fees

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Corcoran & Johnston collected an estimated $1.3 million during the second quarter of 2015, according to recently submitted compensation reports. The firm’s largest invoices came from Sharon Robinson, who is a guardian and personal representative seeking relief from the state of Florida. Robinson easily broke six figures in paying $84,000 for legislative lobbying efforts and between $30,000 -$39,999 for executive branch lobbying. The iconic Fontainebleu Florida Hotel in Miami also paid a pretty penny for representation in Tallahassee last quarter — its total fees ran to…

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Rick Scott’s veto list puts friends and foes in sharp relief

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Gov. Rick Scott denied giving consideration to his friends — or retaliating against his enemies — as he threw out more than $460 million spent by lawmakers in this year’s budget. “Absolutely not,” Scott told reporters Tuesday morning after the Tuesday Cabinet meeting concluded. But a close look at what was axed and what was not tells a different story. As lawmakers, state agencies and lobbyists wade through the governor’s hundreds of individual line-item vetoes, they would do well to…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.23.15 — Will Rick Scott veto IMG Academy funding?

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Rick Scott has a week to sign the just passed $78.7 billion Florida budget, and he’s promising taxpayers that “I’m going to watch your money” as he reviews projects with his veto pen. The Legislature’s last-minute addition of $300 million in pet local projects (including for a USF medical facility moving to downtown Tampa) has caused outrage in some circles as an example of government not operating under the Sunshine, and no particular project has raised more ire than the $2 million allocated for…

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