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Rick Scott adds $425,350 to PAC in October

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Gov. Rick Scott, who may or may not be running against Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson three years from now, continues to add hundreds of thousands of dollars to his political action committee, Let’s Get Back to Work. Last month, $425,350 flowed into the PAC. The biggest contributors were U.S. Sugar Corp., which gave $100,000 on Halloween, the final day in October to donate money. Also kicking in $100,000 is Consulate Health Care, a Tampa-based nursing home company. All told, Scott…

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Smith Bryan & Myers collects nearly $1 million in Q2 lobbying fees

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The up and coming firm Smith Bryan & Myers had itself a healthy second quarter this year, a legislative year so far defined by lawmakers — and lobbyists — spending a lot more time in Tallahassee than anyone thought was likely when 2015 began. According to estimates based on recently submitted compensation reports, SBM took home around $970,000 during the last reporting period, which ran from April 1 to June 30, $490,000 of that from 50 executive branch contracts and $475,000 from…

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The Mayernick Group hauls in a cool $510k in Q2 lobbying fees

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The Mayernick Group — comprised of the husband and wife team of Frank and Tracy Mayernick plus consultant Jodi Lea Stevens — continued to punch above its weight class among the Tallahassee lobbying corps in the second quarter of 2015, according to recently released lobbyist compensation reports. The firm took in an estimated $510,000 — $395,000 from legislative clients and $115,000 for executive branch work — during the Q2 reporting period which ran from April 1 through June 30. Headlining the firm’s…

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Legislators, ignore the Death Mermaid at your peril

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OCCUPIED TALLAHASSEE–When the Death Mermaid shows up, pay attention. Back in 1881, she appeared to Hamilton Disston, warning him against trying to drain the Everglades. Old Ham, never the most emotionally stable of multimillionaires, shut his eyes tight and swore on his mother’s grave he’d stop drinking cologne. In 1969, she scared the feds into killing the Everglades Jetport, a project beloved of South Florida Democrats. It would have been the largest airport in the world and bang in the…

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Paula Dockery comes to Tiger Bay

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State Sen. Paula Dockery of Lakeland jumped into the governor’s race last November well aware that her opponent had a running start in name recognition, fund-raising and endorsements.   But she maintains that her notions of “common-sense conservatism” have been eclipsed in the party by a dictatorial style and undue deference to big business.  She opposed the Everglades land deal with U.S Sugar and voted against the bill abolishing teacher tenure this session.  In recent months, she has ramped up the…

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Florida environmentalists slam New York Times’ Everglades story critical of Charlie Crist

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WUSF’s Scott Finn has a must-read report in response to a recent New York Times investigation questioned the price tag, environmental value and the politics of the deal with U.S. Sugar to restore the Everglades. But several environmental activists say the New York Times allowed itself to be used as a tool of Crist’s enemies. The headline on the New York Times website sums it up: “A Deal to Save the Everglades Could Rescue U.S. Sugar Instead.” The story has…

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Florida environmentalists slam New York Times’ Everglades story critical of Charlie Crist

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WUSF’s Scott Finn has a must-read report in response to a recent New York Times investigation questioned the price tag, environmental value and the politics of the deal with U.S. Sugar to restore the Everglades. But several environmental activists say the New York Times allowed itself to be used as a tool of Crist’s enemies. The headline on the New York Times website sums it up: “A Deal to Save the Everglades Could Rescue U.S. Sugar Instead.” The story has…

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