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Senate campaigns of David Simmons, Lauren Book, George Gainer post impressive May fundraising reports

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George Gainer, Lauren Book and incumbent Sen. David Simmons continued to coast in fundraising last month according to newly filed campaign finance reports. Simmons raised $126,072 last month, which accounts for more than half of the money the Altamonte Springs Republican has raised since filing for re-election back in September. Among the 213 contributions were $1,000 checks from several companies associated with taxi company Mears Transportation Group alongside contributions from fellow driver services City Cab Company of Orlando and Yellow…

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Uber ad blames Andy Gardiner for failure of ride-sharing legislation in Senate

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Uber is publicly blaming Senate President Andy Gardiner for the collapse of a deal that would create a legal framework for the ride-hailing technology company to operate in Florida. LobbyTools reports that the San Francisco-based company is holding the Senate president personally responsible for blocking the bill. “Senator Gardiner’s actions raise a very important question,” Uber spokesman Colin Tooze told reporters. “Is Senator Gardiner going to listen to the voices of the people of Florida, or is he beholden to one special interest…

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