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Business leaders lobby Tampa Bay-area lawmakers on regional transit

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As for discussion over a proposed Senate regional transit bill for the Tampa Bay region, it’s all about timing. A group of a dozen local business executives arrived for a lobbying trip to Tallahassee just one day after a contentious Senate committee meeting where three Tampa Bay lawmakers clashed over a bill seeking to overhaul the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA). The nonprofit Tampa Bay partnership arranged the trip. The Tampa Bay Times reported that in a heated…

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Pasco Commissioner Mike Moore files for re-election

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Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore filed campaign paperwork Tuesday in his re-election bid. Moore, the founder of a medical supplies business which he later sold, was first elected in 2014 to represent District 2 and was selected in 2016 to be vice-chair of the Board of County Commissioners. He will also become chair in 2017. “To build a small business or achieve other success in any area of life, you must set goals and then work tirelessly to deliver results,”…

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Joe Henderson: Proposed new transportation agency a good start toward solving an old problem

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Short of hitting yourself in the head with a hammer, the surest way to get a headache is to wade deep into Tampa Bay area transportation problems. You encounter a mishmash of competing agencies and agendas that has resulted in legislative and automotive gridlock for frustrated commuters for years. Given that, I’m encouraged by what is coming out of Tallahassee. A pair of Republican legislators — state Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater and state Rep. Dan Raulerson of Plant City…

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#11 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians – Bill Galvano

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The Senate majority leader is expected to become Senate president in 2015. As majority leader, Bill Galvano works with committee chairs, schedules bills on the floor and controls the daily calendar during the legislative session. In a word, Galvano holds real power in Florida’s Capitol. Galvano was the founder of the Tampa Bay Area Legislative Delegation in 2007, and was the lawmaker who spearheaded TBARTA, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority. “That was a huge step in the right…

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