LMA Newsletters Pre-April 2018

LMA NEWSLETTER MARCH 26, 2018

Of Messages and Marketing

I hope all of you are enjoying our glorious spring wherever you are.  If Mother Nature is still tormenting you, please come see us in Florida – my house is your house!  As I have jumped back into all things that are NOT Florida legislature-centric, I have been frantically going through emails touching base with those …

LMA NEWSLETTER MARCH 12, 2018

The End of Session

This is my “umpteenth” legislative session in my almost 35 years in and out of all things government.  There’s an old saying that “If you don’t have a seat at the table, then you’re probably on the menu.”  LMA has had a seat at the table with legislators during our firm’s history and well before that.  …

LMA NEWSLETTER MARCH 5, 2018

Lawmakers Say Goodbye

Last week and this week, many of the House and Senate members gave or will give good bye speeches signaling the end of their term limited eight years in office.  Many are tearful and beautiful expressions of gratitude and some leave strong reflections of the lawmaker’s time in elected office.  Broward County Republican George Moraitis closed his …

LMA NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 26, 2018

My Heart

For those of our readers who I speak to regularly about a variety of issues, or for that matter, just to share a smile, last week was particularly busy. Thank you to all of you who called to see if I was ok…many expressing worry that the march on Tallahassee would get out of control and I would …

LMA NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 19, 2018

For the Love of School

I loved going to school. It was the 70’s and Wilson Elementary in Plant City where I grew up had terrazzo floors and jungle gym climbing bars and – a swing set! I was the kind of student that was sad when the weekend rolled around because I always liked to be with my friends, …

LMA NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 12, 2018

Rough Week Last Week!

Working in the political arena isn’t for the faint of heart. This past week in the Florida legislature, two senators lectured the Senate Judiciary Committee audience and appeared frustrated that those speaking on behalf of the insurance industry couldn’t answer their questions.  There was so much irony in the senators’ discussion.  First, it occurred after presentations …

LMA NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 5, 2018

A Youthful Plea for Patriotism

I watched President Trump’s State of the Union address.  I will be curious to hear from our readers what part of the speech that they liked or didn’t.  For me? The most special part was the President’s recognition of 12-year-old Preston Sharp, the California boy who has placed American flags and flowers at the graves …

LMA NEWSLETTER JANUARY 29, 2018

Of Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

This weekend I had the pleasure of spending time with family and one of my family members was absolutely ecstatic that you can now buy a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without the crust on the bread, in the freezer section of a grocery store. As my brother-in-law took one of the packages out …

LMA NEWSLETTER JANUARY 22, 2018

Laser Focused

I was reading Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s, “The People Who Defined Global Business in 2017” and Beatrice Fihn was one of the 50. She is a Swedish lawyer attempting to convince the world that weapons of mass destruction are not efficient. Calling them useless weapons and clumsy, she said their radiation harms more than the intended target and are the …

LMA NEWSLETTER JANUARY 15, 2018

Why a Bill is Made

This week I had the privilege of being a part of the Governor’s State of the State address where he said goodbye (it’s his last year in office culminating his two term/8 year limit) and rolled out what he wants in his budget recommendations to the Legislature. I spent a great deal of time listening …