In The Know

Senator Marco Rubio Announces Senate Reelection Bid

After Much deliberation, Senator Marco Rubio has announced he will be running for reelection to the U.S. Senate. His decision came during the last week of qualifying for reelection. Senator Rubio has said “I think that the point that really drove me to change my mind is that as we enter this kind of new chapter in our history here is, there’s another role the Senate plays that I think can be really important in the years to come,”. A poll conducted on June 8th showed that Senator Rubio has a strong lead over Patrick Murphy, a congressman who is the favorite of many Democratic Party leaders, by a margin of 47 percent to 40 percent. It also shows Senator Rubio leading Alan Grayson, an Orlando-area congressman, by a margin of 48 percent to 40 percent.

Senator Rubio’s announcement has created a domino effect of Republican candidates leaving the U.S. Senate race. Congressmen David Jolly left the race last week to run for reelection to his congressional seat, and Congressman Ron DeSantis deciding to do the same a few days later. Carlos Lopez-Cantera has also left to make way for his friend Rubio, along with Todd Wilcox. The only other Republican left in the race is Carlos Beruff, who believes he has a better chance of winning the seat in November.

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Meet the New Tampa Bay Partnership 

The Tampa Bay partnership is beginning a new chapter in reevaluating its role as an economic development driver. To do this, the Partnership is eliminating its public-private partnership that has been its funding model, and moving towards a completely private funding model. The board will now be run by a Council of Governors, made up of 40 CEOs of major companies who are based or operating in the region who would pay $50,000 a year to serve on the board. A second-tier Leadership Council will be made up of another 40-plus senior area executives will pay $25,000 a year to participate. We are excited to be apart of the Tampa Bay Partnership’s team as they reinvent themselves, and are looking forward to all that we can accomplish together.

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Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization Approves TBX

After a meeting which lasted a total of 8 hours and 20 minutes ending around 2:00am Thursday morning, the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization voted to approve the long range funding plans for the Tampa Bay Express (TBX). The MPO voted 12 to 4 in support of TBX, in a meeting which had over 500 divided citizens who came to speak on the issue. TBX is a Florida Department of Transportation plan to add 90 miles of tolled expressway lanes to the interstate system linking five counties.

Edwards Briggs attended the meeting and spoke in favor of TBX on behalf of Associated Builders and Contractors Gulf Coast Chapter, who support TBX for the hundreds of construction jobs the $5 billion road project will create, as well as the transportation benefits it will create in our community.

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