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    For Greenlight Pinellas to be killed, sensible Republicans must do the deed

    Based on a recent survey by St. Pete Polls commissioned by this blog, the Greenlight Pinellas campaign to increase sales taxes to expand mass transit is headed for defeat. Were this to occur, the reasons for Greenlight...

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    Jeff Brandes adds $19,200 in March for SD 22 re-elect

    State Senator Jeff Brandes added $19,200 in the first three days of March for his re-election campaign, according to recently released filings with the Florida Division of Elections. By Florida law, incumbents cannot fundraise while the Legislature...

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    An Uber battle, with cars and movie stars, makes way to Tallahassee

    A clash over Uber in the Florida Capitol has all the makings of a big budget movie — black cars, high-tech gadgets and Ashton Kutcher. The San Francisco-based on-demand luxury car service, which uses a smartphone app...

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    Jeff Brandes talks Uber, flood insurance on Chamber’s Bottom Line

    State Sen. Jeff Brandes sees the state of Florida rising to the challenge of future transportation needs, with investment in high-tech innovation and free market solutions. The St. Petersburg Republican, chair of the Senate Transportation committee, stopped...

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    Bill to increase highway speed limits on way to full Senate vote

    Floridians can soon be driving a little faster — legally — as the State Speed Zones bill passes its final committee, now on its way to a full Senate vote. The Senate Committee on Appropriations committee approved...

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    Florida will not repeal red-light cameras this year

    Florida will not repeal red-light cameras this year after all. Senate Transportation Chair Jeff Brandes pulled the proposal (SB 144) Wednesday after failing to line up enough votes for passage. Instead, he said he would amend the...

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    Senate backs Brandes’ flood insurance fix

    With no discussion, the Florida Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a plan (SB 542) that seeks to bolster a private flood-insurance market in the state, reports the News Service of Florida. Lawmakers scrambled to address the issue this year...

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    Wednesday legislative agenda includes flood insurance, warning shots, budgets and red light cameras

    Both chambers of the Legislature have morning sessions on Wednesday; the Senate will vote on the private flood insurance marketplace proposed by Sen. Jeff Brandes, a controversial bill limiting lawsuits in the cases of nursing home abuses...

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    Jeff Brandes continues to chip away at the “obstructionist” Hillsborough PTC

    State Sen. Jeff Brandes is continuing his effort to chip away at the authority of the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission, reports Mike Salerno in PoliticalFixFlorida.com. Brandes, the Republican representing Hillsborough and southern Pinellas Counties, has filed amended...

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    Red-light camera repeal hits speed bump in House

    The effort to repeal Red-Light Camera laws statewide hit a speed bump when a key House supporter backed off on his proposal on Tuesday. House Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee approved an amended HB 7005 without...

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