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Karen Skyers

Karen Skyers’ first finance report puts her atop HD 61 field

Karen Skyers showed nearly $33,000 in contributions in her inaugural campaign finance report, putting her in the driver’s seat in the crowded Democratic Primary to replace Tampa Rep. Sean Shaw, who is leaving the House to run for Attorney General.

Skyers brought in 174 contributions in April, with the vast majority coming in from small-dollar donors chipping in $100 or less. She also snagged 10 checks for $1,000, the maximum allowable donation for state legislative races.

Five of those max checks came from political committees tied to lobbyist David Ramba, the head of Ramba Consulting Group: The Committee for Justice, Transportation and Business, Citizens for Principled Leadership, Greater Florida Leadership Group, Strong Communities of Southwest Florida and Voters for Economic Growth.

Skyers also picked up a couple max checks from Republicans politicians, including committees tied to Clearwater Rep. Chris Latvala and former Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, a lobbyist at Becker & Poliakoff, which also employed Skyers’ before she announced her candidacy. Democrats showed up, too. Notables included former Sen. Nan Rich, and the Pittman Law Group, headed up by Tallahassee lobbyist Sean Pittman.

Spending came in at $864 for the month, with more than three-quarters that outflow covering payment processing fees. Websites fees and Vistaprint orders made up the rest.

Skyers brought in $32,849 overall, including a $500 loan to kick off the campaign, and started May with just shy of $32,000 in the bank.

Prior to joining Becker & Poliakoff, Skyers served as the legislative aide to former Sen. Arthenia Joyner, who represented the Tampa Bay area from 2006 through 2016. She is also a distinguished alumna of the FAMU College of Law.

Skyers filed for HD 61 on April 2, joining Sharon Carter, Dianne Hart, Norman Andronicus Harris and Byron Keith Henry in the Democratic Primary.

Of her four opponents, Hart has made the most headway on the fundraising trail. Through the end of March she had raised nearly $20,000, including $15,000 in loans, and had $17,315 in the bank.

Prior to Skyers’ entry, Hart was the presumed frontrunner. She took Shaw to the wire in the 2016 Democratic Primary, losing out by just 101 votes, and her 2018 announcement came alongside endorsements from U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, St. Petersburg Sen. Darryl Rouson and former U.S. Rep. Jim Davis.

HD 61 covers downtown Tampa, Ybor City, and Seminole Heights. Democrats hold an overwhelming advantage at the polls.

It’s official: Amanda Murphy is running for state Senate

Former Democratic Rep. Amanda Murphy said she would run for Senate District 16 last week, and on Wednesday she made it official by filing her paperwork with the Florida Division of Elections.

“I am running because the people of Pasco and Pinellas Counties need someone who will put them first, someone who knows what it means to get up every morning, go to work and earn a living, someone who is not beholden to Tallahassee politicians and their special interest handlers,” Murphy said in a press release. “I know how to fight – and win – for the hard-working people of this region and I am ready to fight for them every day.”

The campaign announcement mentioned the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and Hurricane Irma recovery efforts as key issues facing the state, and pitched Murphy as a “’matter of fact’ problem-solver” who will prioritize her constituents rather than special interests.

“At this time in our state’s history and where we are as a nation, we need someone who will look out for hard working people and not special interests. That’s exactly who I’ve always been, and that will never change,” she said.

Murphy is one of several candidates who were recruited by Senate Democrats to run in 2018 as the party looks to expand its map and possibly break the GOP’s decades-long grip on state government.

Murphy, who represented HD 36 from 2013 through 2016, joins Bernie Fensterwald in the Democratic Primary. Her true test, however, will be former Clearwater Republican Rep. Ed Hooper, who has been in the race and piling on the campaign funds for nearly 2 years.

Through the end of March, Hooper had nearly $250,000 in his campaign account and another $95,000 in his political committee, Friends of Ed Hooper. Fensterwald has raised about $65,000, mainly through loans, and has $28,500 on hand. Also running is Republican restauranteur Leo Karulli, whose campaign account dipped into the negative with his April report.

SD 16 covers northern Pinellas County and southwestern Pasco County, including Clearwater, Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, New Port Richey and Oldsmar. Republicans make up about 38 percent of the district’s electorate, while Democrats make up about a third.

A Republican advantage? Yes. A Republican deadlock? No. At least not according to Florida Democrats, who referred to it as a “swing seat” in Murphy’s announcement.

That’s a generous assessment given 2016, when the seat voted plus-12 for President Donald Trump, but it’s not totally off the mark. In the 2008 presidential election, President Barack Obama won SD 16 by 2 points, and four years later the district voted only slimly in favor of Republican nominee Mitt Romney while simultaneously voting to re-elect U.S. Bill Nelson by about 15 points.

The district also voted for former Gov. Charlie Crist by 4 points when he ran against Gov. Rick Scott’s as a Democrat in 2014. That’s probably the most comparable election – not only is it also a midterm, but Murphy, like Crist, is a more centrist Democrat.

To that point, the release pointed to a poll conducted earlier this year by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research that found Murphy leading Hooper by a similar margin in a hypothetical matchup.

Murphy does have a history of outperforming expectations Republican-leaning districts.

Her old seat in the House was held by former Republican Rep. Mike Fasano until Scott appointed him as Pasco’s Tax Collector, a job he still holds. She won the 2013 special election to replace him – with his blessing, no less – by just a few hundred votes, and in 2014 she handily defeated Republican Chris Gregg with 55 percent of the vote.

Her 2016 campaign against current HD 36 Rep. Amber Mariano fell short by just 691 votes despite the district voting overwhelmingly for Trump.

Tommy Gregory HD 73

Former lawmaker Lisa Carlton endorses Tommy Gregory in HD 73 race

Republican Tommy Gregory has earned another endorsement in the race for HD 73, after former state Senator Lisa Carlton announced she’d be throwing her support behind Gregory.

Carlton vouched for Gregory’s fiscal conservative vision in her announcement: “I’m confident that he will be a reliable and strong voice for low taxes and other policies that will make our community even stronger.”

Gregory is one of two declared candidates on the Republican side in the HD 73 contest. Melissa Howard entered the race to challenge Gregory for the Republican nomination last month. As of now, the winner will face off against Democrat Liv Coleman, who is so far running unopposed on the Democratic side.

The seat is open after current HD 73 Rep. Joe Gruters decided to run for the Florida Senate to replace Sen. Greg Steube.

Carlton’s support of Gregory could hold sway due to her experience in the Florida political scene. She served two terms in the Florida House after being elected in 1994. She then went on to spend a decade in the Senate representing southwest Florida, serving as Senate Pro Tempore from 2006 to 2008. She is now a guest lecturer at the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida.

Gregory highlighted her political ties to the area, saying, “Lisa Carlton has a distinguished record of public service, both as an elected official and as a private citizen. I’m honored to have her support, and I look forward to working with her and other community leaders who work so hard to make Southwest Florida such a great place to call home.”

If Gregory does become the Republican nominee, he’s likely to prevail come November. HD 73 leans heavily to the right. Gruters defeated his Democratic opponent by more than 30 points in 2016 and ran unopposed in 2014.

Former state Sen. Carlton seems to think he’ll make a good fit. “Tommy Gregory’s leadership experience and service to our country make him the clear choice for District 73.”

Tampa mayoral race begins as a ‘tale of two regrets’

For the city of Tampa, it is the best of times.

Yet, for Mayor Bob Buckhorn, it’s almost time to go.

By this time next year, his successor will have been sworn in and he will be a non-lawyer consultant for Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, the law firm where Hizzoner’s friend, Ron Christaldi – the driving force behind the effort to bring the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team to Ybor City – is a partner.

This week is a special time for Buckhorn. The signature public works project of his two terms in office, the Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, will open just in time for Mothers Day. Before that happens, he will deliver his final State of the City speech.

As a big fan of Buckhorn, both personally and politically, forgive me in advance if I get a little misty Friday morning.

Predicting who will succeed Buckhorn is almost as hard as figuring out how Tampa will pay for that new Rays stadium.

As I size up next year’s mayoral candidates (admittedly from across the bridge in St. Petersburg), the race is getting off to an awkward start. That’s because the two leading candidates, former Police Chief Jane Castor and philanthropist David Straz, have had to first apologize for glaring sins in their political pasts.

During her time as chief, Castor put in place a program that had officers disproportionately targeting black bicyclists for minor violations. The Tampa Bay Times determined that over a three-year span Tampa police issued 2,504 bike tickets, which was more than Jacksonville, Miami, St. Petersburg and Orlando combined.

A U.S. Justice Department review requested by Castor would determine that the disproportionate ticketing of black bicyclists was unfair and often perceived as harassment even if that wasn’t intended.

Although she defended the policy at the time, Castor now says the biking-while-black ticketing was wrong.

“The bicycling citations were done with good intentions,” Castor said. “Unfortunately the result was is that it caused tension in the very neighborhoods we were working to make safer.

“In hindsight I wouldn’t do that initiative again.”

Just as hindsight is 20/20 for Castor, so too is it for Straz, who now says he regrets voting for Donald Trump in 2016.

“I’m happy to admit I make mistakes,” Straz told Charlie Frago of the Tampa Bay Times. “I wouldn’t vote for him again.”

In a Democratic city like Tampa, Straz would have been better off saying he’s rooting for the Washington Capitals to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning than to cop to voting for Trump.

As St. Petersburg voters witnessed (perhaps ad nauseum) in 2017, when Trump was hung around Rick Baker‘s neck like a fifty-pound weight, even the slightest association with Trump can be fatal. And here Straz said he voted for him!

The direct mail writes itself.

Rarely do you see political candidates having to launch their campaigns by embarking on an apology tour. But that seems to be the case for Castor and Straz. In almost all of the media about their entrances into the race, their individual regrets are featured prominently.

Castor and Straz have already moved past these blips, but they do offer strategic openings to the rest of the announced field, which includes City Councilmembers Harry Cohen and Mike Suarez and former County Commissioner Ed Turanchik.

Of the two, I believe Straz has the most to worry about. A vote for Trump is unforgivable to a large swath of the electorate.

Moreover, Straz’s announcement on Tuesday that he was entering the race was … well … it just whelmed. His press release and video were under-produced, especially for all of the money he has already raised for his campaign.

He also told the Tampa Bay Times that the city should spend about $100 million to help build a new ballpark for the team. A campaign official later had to walk back Straz’s premature proffer.

But a debate about the amount of money the city should spend on a new stadium isn’t the issue. What is (still mildly) concerning is the walk-back coming right on top of Straz’s less-than-dazzling announcement.

It reminded this resident of the ‘burg of the 2011 campaign of Dick Greco – a campaign filled with regrets.

Shawn Harrison

Shawn Harrison hits $215K on hand with April fundraising reports

Tampa Republican Rep. Shawn Harrison, who is once again facing a formidable challenger in House District 63, added $7,850 to his campaign account and $44,500 to his political committee last month.

The April report shows 10 contributions, including seven checks for $1,000, the maximum allowable contribution for state legislative races. The new report brings his campaign’s total fundraising just past the $115,000 mark, and he has $85,850 in the bank.

The max donor list includes Southern Strategy Group lobbyist James McFaddin III, the Florida Transportation Builders’ Association, businesswoman Kathleen Novak, attorney Martin Hernandez, as well as political committees tied to incoming House Speaker Jose Oliva, St. Petersburg Republican Rep. Chris Sprowls and Palm Coast Republican Rep. Paul Renner.

All three lawmakers also chipped in to Clearwater Republican Rep. Chris Latvala’s campaign account last month.

Harrison spent about $3,300 in April, with all but $300 of that heading to Anthony Pedicini’s Strategic Image Management for consulting work. The remainder paid for office supplies, credit card processing fees and a couple other minor expenses.

The committee cash also came in via 10 contributions, led by a $10,000 check from Melbourne Terrace Rehabilitation Center. Coming in at $5,000 each were law firm Swope Rodante, and political committees Florida Senior Living PC and Opis PAC. Harrison also chipped in $5,000 from his own law firm.

Committee for an Innovative Florida didn’t spend any money last month and started May with about $129,000 in the bank. Combined with his campaign account, Harrison has just shy of $215,000 on hand.

The April finance reports are the first to show contributions for Harrison since the start of the 2018 Legislative Session.

Harrison is running for re-election against Democrat Fentrice Driskell, a Harvard- and Georgetown-educated Tampa lawyer who filed for the seat in early February.

Though she has not yet filed her April campaign finance report, Driskel took some serious bites out of Harrison’s lead in her first two reports.

She raised more than $40,000 over three weeks in February and followed that up with a nearly $21,000 finance report in March. Heading into last month, she had $55,400 on hand.

HD 63 covers part of Hillsborough County, including portions of northern Tampa and the communities of Lutz, Pebble Creek, Lake Magdalene and Carrollwood. Democrats make up about 39 percent of the swing seat’s electorate, while Republicans hold a 32 percent share.

Harrison served in the House from 2010 to 2012, when former Democratic Rep. Mark Danish beat him by about 700 votes to flip the newly redrawn HD 63 despite raising less than $20,000 for his campaign compared to nearly $300,000 for Harrison.

Harrison reclaimed the seat in the 2014 cycle with a 5-point win over Danish, and in 2016 he emerged victorious in a tough re-election battle against Tampa City Councilwoman Lisa Montelione. His sub 2-point victory came as Democrat Hillary Clinton carried the seat by double digits.

Berny Jacques posts $13K haul in HD 66 race

Seminole attorney Berny Jacques tacked on another $13,275 last month for his campaign to replace termed-out Republican Rep. Larry Ahern in House District 66.

Jacques, a Republican, brought in $12,275 of that cash through his campaign account, with the other $1,000 heading to his political committee, Protect Pinellas. The new report brings his combined fundraising to $172,960 since he filed for the seat in March 2017.

“Our campaign continues to be humbled and thankful from the outpouring of support in our community. I look forward to the months ahead talking to the voters and discussing our conservative vision for a better Pinellas,” Jacques said.

The campaign cash came in across 69 contributions, mostly from small-dollar donors chipping in $100 or less, though the report also shows five contributions for the campaign maximum of $1,000.

Those donors included prominent Republican fundraiser and former Ambassador Mel Sembler and husband and wife Les Muma and Pam Muma, who are well-known as Tampa Bay-area philanthropists. Protect Pinellas’ lone contribution was a $1,000 check from Treasure Island attorney Jonathan Payne.

Jacques had just over $120,000 between his two accounts on April 30.

Also running in the Republican Primary is businessman and Pinellas County GOP chair Nick DiCeglie who entered the race six months after Jacques. He had not filed his April campaign finance report as of Tuesday morning, but he had raised $101,484 and had $77,200 banked through March.

Also running for the seat are Democrat Alex Heeren and Reform Party candidate Paul Anthony Bachmann.

Of the two, only Heeren has shown signs of life on the fundraising trail. Though his April numbers are still a mystery, Heeren announced Monday that he’d picked up three endorsements from local elected officials. As of March 31 Heeren had raised a total of $14,311 with about $6,400 banked.

HD 66 covers part of western Pinellas County, including Clearwater, Belleair, Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores. It has currently held by Republican Rep. Larry Ahern, who is term-limited.

The district is safely Republican. In 2016, it voted plus-14 for Donald Trump. Ahern ran a few points ahead of the top of the ticket, scoring a 17-point win over Democratic challenger Lorena Grizzle.

In face of possible challenge, Chris Latvala added more than $43K in April

Clearwater Republican Rep. Chris Latvala brought in $43,675 for his House District 67 re-election campaign last month – his best report of the 2018 election cycle.

The April money came in across 93 contributions, including 30 checks for $1,000, the maximum allowable contribution for a state legislative race. Another 15 donors chipped in $500 apiece, with the remaining money coming in through small-dollar donations of $250 or less.

Among the max donors were lobby firms Southern Strategy Group and The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners, trade group Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, and auto dealer group JM Family Enterprises

Latvala also picked up support from numerous political committees tied to his colleagues in the House, including incoming House Speaker Jose Oliva’s “Conservative Principles for Florida,” Bryan Avila’s “Fighting for Florida’s Families,” Paul Renner’s “Florida Foundation for Liberty,” and Chris Sprowls’ “Floridians for Economic Freedom.”

Also notable was a contribution from Woodrow Latvala of Clearwater. Woodrow is the given name of former Clearwater Republican Sen. Jack Latvala.

Spending last month came in at $12,656 and included an $8,000 payment to Direct Mail Systems for printing and postage as well as a $2,633 payment to Island Way Grill in Clearwater Beach for Latvala’s April 25 campaign kickoff.

Heading into May, the second-term lawmaker had raised a total of $96,625 and had a little over $59,000 in the bank.

The major fundraising month came when it seemed Latvala would face a serious challenge from sexual assault awareness and prevention advocate Becca Tieder, who in April told Florida Politics that she was being recruited to run in the district by House Democratic leadership and that she was “definitely giving it some serious consideration.”

She inched a little closer to declaring for the Pinellas County seat by setting up a Facebook page, but ahead of her planned May 1 launch she announced that the House “is not where I feel I am meant to serve my community at this time.”

While she has plenty of time left to enter the race should she change her mind, the decision not to run may have been helped by an unexpectedly positive dialogue between her and Latvala.

In a May 3 Facebook post, Latvala said Tieder reached out to him to set up a lunch meeting after news broke she was thinking about running for HD 67.

“Instead of political adversaries trying to weigh each other out, we became fast friends who realized we shared the same views on quite a few issues,” Latvala wrote. “Our first lunch meeting lasted over 3 hours.”

The pair talked about numerous policy issues, and while there were some disagreements about Latvala’s votes, particularly on guns, he left the meeting committing to sponsoring a bill bringing “Erin’s Law” to Florida whether or not she challenged him.

“Today Becca called me and told me she would not be running against me. But she also assured me she would be watching my voting record and wouldn’t hesitate to point out when she believes I am wrong. I wouldn’t expect anything else from Becca Tieder. The Becca Tieder I have gotten to know and call my friend is a tough, tenacious, advocate for those causes she holds dear,” Latvala said.

Latvala has held the Republican-leaning HD 67 since 2014, after defeating Democrat Steve Sarnoff by six points. In 2016, he defeated Democrat David Vogel by 17 points while the district went for Republican Donald Trump by around 4 points.

James Grant raising funds tonight at Tampa Theatre

Republican Rep. James Grant will hold a fundraiser for his House District 64 re-election campaign in Tampa on May 8.

The event will be held at the Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Those interested in attending can let the Grant campaign know by sending a note to RSVP@JamesGrantFL.com.

Listed at the top of the invite are House Speaker Designate Jose Oliva, who is set to take the gavel after the 2018 elections, as well as St. Petersburg Republican Rep. Chris Sprowls and Palm Coast Republican Rep. Paul Renner.

Former House Speaker Will Weatherford is one of a dozen names included on the host committee for the campaign event.

Grant was first elected in 2010 and has been re-elected three times since, but a challenge to his 2014 results led to a brief period where he was out of office, resetting his term limits.

The reset is being challenged by Oldsmar retirement plan consultant Terry Power, who is running against Grant in the Republican Primary.

Through March, Grant had raised more than $100,000 for his campaign and had $42,000 banked, while Power had brought in $5,920 from outside sources while putting $70,000 of his own money into his campaign. He started April with $51,366 in the bank.

Also running for the safe Republican seat are Democrats Christopher Smutko and Heather Stahl as well as no-party candidate Andy Warrener. Stahl had about $10,000 in the bank in her most recent report.

The invitation is below.

James Grant fundraiser 5.8.2018

John Godwin - Tampa City Council District 2

First candidate files for Tampa City Council District 2

National security consultant John Godwin is entering the race for Tampa City Council District 2, the citywide seat currently held by Councilmember Charlie Miranda.

“I have dedicated my adult life to serving my community, state, and country; and I am excited about the opportunity to continue serving Tampa on our City Council,” Godwin said Monday.

“Tampa has experienced amazing growth, and more is to come — Tampa’s best days are ahead of us as long as we have leaders who are ready to bring together our many neighborhoods and communities to prepare us to be a city of the future. I am ready to do that. I will bring vision and energy to our City Council to serve all of Tampa.”

Godwin currently works for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and is based out of MacDill Air Force Base. According to his campaign announcement, he “specializes in political enfranchisement and works with military, governmental, and civilian entities to navigate challenges in countries around the world.”

He is also a member of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the Hillsborough County Foster Parent Association, Hillsborough County Child Care Facilities Advisory Board, and the Tampa Tiger Bay Club. Additionally, he and his wife Catherine are licensed foster parents. The Godwins and their 2-year-old son live in South Tampa.

Miranda is eligible for another term in District 2, though he has not yet filed for re-election. Currently, Godwin is currently the only candidate signed up for the race.

Districts 1, 3 and 4 also feature lone candidates as of Monday. Councilmember Luis Viera faces one challenger in his District 7 re-election campaign, while five candidates have filed for the District 5 seat currently held by exiting Councilmember Frank Reddick.

Tampa City Council elections will be held March 5, 2019. In addition to the council elections, voters will decide who will replace exiting Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

The next mayor and council members will take office on April 1, 2019.

Chris Hudson: Tampa airport ignores ride-sharing trend, taxpayers beware

Several months behind schedule and more than $1 billion later, the shiny new rental car facility at Tampa International Airport opened earlier this year to decidedly mixed reviews.

For the amount of money taxpayers have ponied up, I think we’re all hoping the experience is better than what we’ve gotten on our taxpayer-subsidized sports stadiums.

The rental car terminal is just the first phase of a $2 billion three-phase airport expansion and its completion gives Floridians a chance to see how our tax dollars have been spent so far. There is cause for concern.

An audit released quietly just a few days after Christmas contains some troubling findings. It revealed that the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority: established a $3.5 million art program that it “did not demonstrate the legal authority for, or necessity of”; failed to openly discuss or provide justification for hefty pay raises bestowed upon executive staff; and on more than one occasion, did not award contracts to the highest-scoring bidder.

These are all questionable practices that hint at poor stewardship of taxpayer money or favoritism.

The Auditor General also criticized the Aviation Authority for failing to properly include balances from previous fiscal years in its final budgets as required by law, noting this “does not provide for transparency” and diminishes the budget’s usefulness as a financial planning tool.

When it comes to financial planning, the Aviation Authority needs all the help it can get.

Tampa Airport has financed its expansion with a $195 million grant from the state and nearly $800 million in new bond debt that is supposed to be funded through existing sources of revenue, like airline ticket fees, as well as parking rate hikes and new rental car fees.

Not a problem in 2011. In 2018 however, when ridesharing services are taking over the market, this plan has holes.

Nationally, Uber and Lyft now account for nearly 70 percent of ground transportation. Taxi cabs have fallen below 10 percent and rental cars are also on the decline. None of this is surprising to American consumers who have been opting for these ridesharing services for several years, but airport planners were caught flat-footed by the trend.

The crux of their expansion plans to reduce congestion around the airport and provide passengers with more choices was a rental car facility and people mover, altogether ignoring ridesharing, passengers’ number one choice. And they thought they’d pay for it with rental car and parking fees.

But for the past several years, their revenue projections have completely overshot actual collections, even as the number of passengers traveling in and out of Tampa has shattered records.

In 2015, the airport projected a customer facility charge revenue of more than $37 million. The actual amount collected: roughly $30 million — a 21 percent difference. The next year, the airport predicted close to $45 million but again fell short, bringing in less than $39 million. And the pattern continued last year. Projections totaled $45.8 million; actual revenue was $35.9 million.

When asked about ridesharing’s impact last April, airport executives said they had simply “pulled the numbers down a little bit.” A little bit? They missed parking revenues by a cool $3 million.

Since then, the Airport Authority has proposed higher passenger pick-up fees for taxis, limos, Uber, and Lyft — passing the cost of poor planning to Florida travelers and visitors.

Here’s the issue in a nutshell: Taxpayers were tapped to pay for the new rental terminal and SkyConnect train, but the airport isn’t bringing in as much money as it shortsightedly expected from rental cars and parking fees. So, now taxpayers will be hit up a second time on their ride to or from the airport.

You might say taxpayers get it coming and going.

Could it be that Tampa Airport, among the nation’s most popular because of its convenience and futuristic flair, is renovating for the past and losing its edge? Maybe. Which is why we need to keep a closer eye on what is happening with our money. Taxpayer flyers beware.

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Chris Hudson is the Florida state director of Americans for Prosperity.

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