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New search engine linking lawmakers and constituents launches today — literally

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A powerful new tool to make state lawmakers more responsive to constituents launched today – literally. Rocket Lobby, a free legislative accountability search engine from public relations firm CATE COMM, reached the stratosphere on Thursday with its logo attached to a high-altitude weather balloon. Video of the launch is available on YouTube. RocketLobby.com allows anyone in the United States to find, email, call, or request meetings with state lawmakers – as well as grade responsiveness with an anonymous Amazon or…

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New survey ranks Sunshine State worst in the nation in lobbyist transparency

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Despite the recent political pyrotechnics on display in Tallahassee when former Gov. Jeb Bush came back to town last month to highlight lobbying reforms approved during his administration, recent initiatives to clean up Adams Street have produced more heat than sunshine, according to a recently released national survey. The Sunlight Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based public interest watchdog group, ranked Florida last in the nation in a new study. State lobbying ethics laws were scrutinized via five different rubrics — Florida’s were the only…

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