OPINION: Floridians are blessed with a low cost of living.  When comparing the cost of housing, utilities, transportation, health, or the overall cost of living, Florida is lower than the U.S. average.  Why, then, is Florida ranked among the five most expensive states for car insurance?  The answer is, in part, because of a broken statutory system that does not require the purchase of third-party bodily injury coverage (BI) but does require the purchase of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage laden with high costs and pervasive fraud.
Published in Opinion
Monday, 27 February 2017 00:00

Episode 95: Party Switch

THE ROTUNDA - House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, explains the reasoning behind his push to reform Tallahassee. Gomes also talks with former Tallahassee Representative Michelle Rehwinkel-Vasilinda about her decision to join the Republican Party. Meanwhile, Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia pledges to comb the state to convince conservative Democrats to switch to the GOP. Gomes also shares insights on upcoming reforms facing Florida’s college system from Florida Times-Union Statehouse bureau chief Tia Mitchell and the president of South Florida State College, Tom Leitzel. Gomes then looks ahead to the 2018 Governor’s race as Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum announces he’s considering a run for the job.
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Press Release: (Tallahassee, Fla.) – Today, Tuesday, March 8, Uber debuts a new TV ad clearly connecting the dots and highlighting the longstanding relationship between Senate President Andy Gardiner and Florida’s largest taxi company. The ad begins airing this evening in Orlando and Tallahassee. The new TV spot, “Connect the Dots,” can be found HERE. Listen to more on Uber issue on 'Episode 50: The Final Countdown'
Published in News
Monday, 22 February 2016 00:00

Episode 48: All Out From Jeb!

THE ROTUNDA - An in-depth look at Jeb Bush’s final hours in his failed bid for the White House with POLITICO’s Marc Caputo. Bush initially denied and ridiculed Caputo’s reporting about staffers shopping their resumes around because the campaign was coming to an end. Gomes also chats with Florida’s new Insurance Consumer Advocate, Sha’Ron James about legislation that would ban surprise medical bills. There is also an update on Uber/Lyft insurance bills. Plus Volunteer Florida’s Chester Spellman touts a unique service project called “Suits for Session” which provides business attire to those in need.
Published in Episodes
Monday, 28 September 2015 00:00

Stephanie Smith to join Uber in Florida

Uber, the hired-car company seeking to secure its presence in Florida, has taken on former Florida-based lobbyist Stephanie Smith to head up its external affairs in the Sunshine State. Smith will leave her Atlanta-based post as AT&T’s director of public affairs for Florida and Georgia. She’ll direct Uber’s media and public relations and lobbying efforts.
Published in News
Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00

Episode 4: Buckle Up For Uber Wars

THE ROTUNDA - Uber takes center stage on both the Florida Legislature and streets of Tallahassee. State Rep. Matt Gaetz and Sen. Jeff Brandes explain why Uber is here to stay, while members of the Florida Taxi Cab Association and Florida Limousine Association say they are being thrown under the bus as they call for a level playing field.
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