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2016 Legislative Food Fights: Seminole Compact faces skeptical Legislature

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The back-and-forth and backroom dealing is over, and lawmakers soon will publicly comb through the new blackjack deal between the state and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The 63-page document revived the old joke around the Capitol: It contains something for everyone … to hate. And that means the tribe’s lobbyists will be working double-time to get some version of it through The Process.  Last year’s lobby team kept a relatively low profile: Emily Buckley, Gus Corbella, Hayden and Angela Dempsey, Fred Dickinson, Charles…

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PooleMcKinley pulls in $575k in lobbying compensation for Q2

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PooleMcKinley’s six-strong team of influence professionals put together a nice haul during the second quarter of 2015: according to just-released records from the state’s lobbying registry, the firm took in an estimated $575,000 between April 1 and June 30. Their 37 legislative and 38 executive clients combined to compensate the firm, led by senior partner Van Poole, to the tune of some $290,000 and $285,000 respectively. The firm’s highest-paying client was Motion Picture Association of America, the trade association for…

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A Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton race would be pretty unique, actually

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Although some fear that a Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton presidential contest in 2016 is inevitable, it would be very unique in one respect. According to research conducted by an official with the University of Minnesota’s Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, a Clinton/Bush matchup would be the first time in 120 years in which neither major party nominated a sitting elected or appointed political officeholder to be their nominee. Bush has not held political office since his second term as…

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Images from Election 2009

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Those running for elected office in St. Petersburg were subjected to attending a gauntlet of sparsely-attended candidate forums, such as this one in Midtown. Not counting the candidates and their entourages, fewer than two dozen residents bothered to attend the meeting — about the same number of people who attended most of these events. In the run-up to the 2009 Municipal Elections, the City Council’s decision to vacate the sidewalk outside of BayWalk became a national story after a fight broke…

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