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#4 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Jeff Brandes

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If Rand Paul is the most interesting man in politics (as he was labeled last fall by Time magazine), then Jeff Brandes is definitely on the short list for the most interesting lawmaker in Tallahassee. Though he skews right (sometimes extreme right, as when he was the only state senator who opposed the Joe Negron “hybrid” proposal on Medicaid expansion in 2013), he’s also got a strong libertarian bent that distinguishes himself from the majority of his GOP brethren. He…

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Uber launches Momentum, a new print magazine for drivers

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Valued at $41 billion, transportation technology firm Uber is taking the big next step in ridesharing by going backwards, more or less, with a print magazine. Momentum is the new publication designed specifically for the nearly 150,000 Uber drivers. The magazine takes its name from the company’s partner rewards program, which offers discounts and perks such as discounted auto maintenance, health insurance and savings on phone plans. Set for a quarterly run, the magazine will be rolling out in six…

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Previewing the 2015 legislative session with Rep.-to-be Paul Renner

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Paul Renner came within two votes of winning an election last year for the seat that Jay Fant holds. And he is still one election away — a special election on April 7 — from formally being elected to the House. He very likely will win that election, so we have reached out to him and gotten answers to questions regarding his opinions on issues relevant to the pending legislative session. Our questions are in bold; his answers are directly below. In one…

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Jeff Brandes bill would reduce local choice of representation on Hillsborough County PTC

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St. Petersburg GOP state Sen. Jeff Brandes has filed legislation that would allow share-riding companies Uber and Lyft to operate legally in Florida, and would also change the current composition of the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission — an agency that Brandes tried to kill in proposed legislation a year ago. The Brandes bill on the ride-sharing companies is similar to its companion in the House filed last week by Fort Walton Beach Republican Matt Gaetz in many respects. They both impose state…

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