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Tampa-based Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick law firm launches Shumaker Advisors Florida

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Tampa-based Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, an Am Law 200 firm, is extending its public affairs arm with the launch of Shumaker Advisors Florida. The group will offer legislation advocacy, issue management and business-to-government and business-to-business services. Shumaker employees more than 260 lawyers and operates five offices in Toledo and Columbus, Ohio; Tampa and Sarasota; and Charlotte, North Carolina. Heading the new Shumaker Advisors is partner Ronald Christaldi as president and CEO. “Launching a public affairs practice at Shumaker complements the…

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Kathy Castor presses House to pass student loan reform bill

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Mounting student loan debt continues to grow in the United States, and there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight. Recent reports put the cumulative student debt level at $1.2 trillion. It’s a hot issue on the campaign trail, and yesterday in Iowa, President Obama announced a new initiative that will allow students and families to apply for financial aid earlier to try to reduce the problem. In Tampa today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor held a news conference to call attention to…

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Bob Buckhorn PAC builds war chest

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One Florida Political Action Committee, the political committee formed by friends of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, has now raised over $60,000 since being created in December. The PAC raised $43,875.15 in February, by far its most prolific month in its short infancy. Nearly a quarter of that amount, or $10,000, came via a contribution from LSI Management Co., also known as Laser Spine Institute on Rocky Point. $5,000 came from Alliant Partners, a Tampa architecture firm, and there were two $2,500 contributions: one…

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