13 things I really like about the latest issue of INFLUENCE Magazine

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The second edition of INFLUENCE Magazine should have already arrived in your mailbox. If it has not and you would like to receive a hard copy of this inside view into Florida’s news, politics, and culture, please drop me a line.

As you can imagine, I’ve read everything in INFLUENCE several times, backwards and forwards. But, honestly, I have not read the magazine since it was published.

Going through it one more time on a lazy Sunday, underlining the sentences and paragraphs I really liked, here are thirteen things I especially enjoyed about the latest issue of INFLUENCE Magazine.

Tony Fabrizio and Ben Pollara behind the bar in the cover photo. Wherever that bar is, I want to have a drink there.

— Southern Strategy Group’s ad on the inside cover. Of course I LOVE every ad because that’s how a magazine like INFLUENCE gets published. That said, you have to give it to SSG for its sharp, creative external communications.

— This line from Martin Dyckman‘s review of Stacy Braukman‘s book “Communists and Perverts Under the Palms”: “… The pamphlet feared more homoerotic photographs, including one of a bondage situation and another of oral sex in a public restroom and a glossary of what it claimed were sex terms.”

Pollara‘s tough ad on “Why I’m quitting Tallahassee.”

Christine Sexton‘s obit for Tammy Meyerson, who “left behind a legacy of caring, professionalism in Tallahassee and beyond”

Nelson Diaz‘ answer in his Fourth Floor File about what swear word he uses more often: “Cono.”

— How smart are columnists Blake Dowling, Ryan Cohn, Karen Moore, and Steve Vancore?

— Sen. Jeff Brandes‘ quote in Mitch Perry‘s profile of Sen. Jeff Clemens: “I think he’s a libertarian leaning Democrat. I’m a libertarian-leaning Republican, and we find a lot of common ground.”

— The rich photography of my father-in-law, Benjamin Todd, for the story about craft brewers.

— Speaking of photography, Mary Beth Tyson‘s black and white number of Speaker-to-be Jose Oliva is amazing, as is her portrait of Yolanda Cash Jackson. Can she light up a camera or what?

Aaron Gober‘s (The Tailor of Adams Street) perfect line, “I tell everyone, ‘Look, if you are not a little uncomfortable with what you just bought from me, then I didn’t do my job.'”

— Couldn’t you listen to Van Poole and Sandy D’Alemberte all day?

— Every. Single. Word. of Bob Lotane‘s “What I’ve Learned” interview.

Peter Schorsch

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including Florida Politics and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also the publisher of INFLUENCE Magazine. For several years, Peter's blog was ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.


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