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Personnel note: Dave Murzin joins Liberty Partners of Tallahassee as NW Florida director

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Former state Rep. Dave Murzin has joined Liberty Partners of Tallahassee as the firm’s Northwest Florida Director. “We are honored to have Dave join forces with the Liberty Partners team.” said firm President and owner Jennifer Green in a statement. “This strategic partnership gives us the opportunity to continue to work with a longtime friend and colleague in a region of the state where we all have a strong connection.” A former state legislator and longtime legislative staffer, Murzin has…

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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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GrayRobinson merges with Dean Cannon’s Capitol Insight lobbying firm

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One of the largest and most prestigious law firms in Florida is merging with former House Speaker Dean Cannon’s governmental affairs firm.  GrayRobinson P.A. announced the merger with Tallahassee’s Capitol Insight on Thursday. The terms were confidential. The deal creates the third-largest influence shop in Florida, according to the state’s directory of registered lobbyists. “The merger blends the political influence of Capitol Insight with the horsepower and statewide footprint of GrayRobinson,” GrayRobinson managing shareholder and President Byrd F. “Biff” Marshall Jr. said in a statement.  With the merger,…

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Dean Cannon’s Capitol Insight hauls in $860K in Q2 lobbying fees

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Relatively new on the scene, former House Speaker Dean Cannon‘s lobby shop Capitol Insight is raking in the consulting fees like an old Adams Street institution. According to a compensation report the firm filed Thursday morning, the firm collected an estimated $860,000 for its consulting services between April 1 and June 30. The total includes some $430,000 in fees from 62 executive lobbying clients and $430,000 from 61 legislative clients. AXA Equitable Life Insurance Co. provided the largest invoice for executive branch…

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Guest op-ed from Darden Rice: 8 things I know about Florida’s special session on the referendum to ban offshore oil drilling in state waters

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1) Media coverage on partisan bickering and Florida Senate horserace implications is hurting the cause. Instead of ‘political jockeying’ news reports, how about we focus on how the ballot amendment to ban drilling in state waters is itself an important civic opportunity. This is the chance for the citizens of Florida to grasp a teachable moment and cast a vote for an amendment to enshrine permanent protection for our coasts in the state constitution. It is no more reactionary than…

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Florida Speaker Larry Cretul endorses Pam Bondi for AG

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Today, the Bondi Campaign announced that the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives has endorsed Pam Bondi for attorney general. Speaker Larry Cretul will serve on the Bondi for attorney general state leadership steering committee. “Our nation is at a crossroads, and Florida’s next attorney general will need to be prepared to deal with an intensifying courtroom debate over encroaching federalism,” said Speaker Cretul. “Pam Bondi is a prosecutor and knows her way around a courtroom. I am confident…

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Alex Sink wants special session to focus on economic protections

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Florida CFO Alex Sink today sent a letter to Speaker of the Florida House Speaker Larry Cretul and President of the Florida Senate Jeff Atwater outlining incentives, claims changes, and environmental initiatives necessary to protect Florida’s economy for inclusion in the July 20-23 special session. “Without protecting our state waters through the constitutional amendment process, the Florida we know and love is in critical danger,” wrote CFO Alex Sink. “But you also should take this session to pass smart, meaningful…

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