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Movers & Shakers: LobbyTools beefs up staff, Romney campaign hires Scott press aide

James Call joins LobbyTools & The Florida Current

LobbyTools & The Florida Current continue to build their reporting team with the recent addition of James Call, announced today.

Call, 56, has covered state government and North Florida for more than 20 years.

Previously, Call was managing editor of the Apalachee Tortoise, a Tallahassee community newspaper that encouraged citizen involvement in public policy decisions. Before that, he was a section editor with Research in Review Magazine, which explained scientific research for a mass audience.

Call also had stints as associate editor at Florida Wildlife Magazine and executive producer at WTXL-TV in Tallahassee, according to a press release from the company.

Call's work has won awards from The Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Pew Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, the release states. The company also recently hired Bill Cotterell, a veteran of the Tallahassee Democrat.

Rep. Jeff Clemens hires campaign manager to kick off Senate bid

Cesar Fernandez is the new campaign manager for Rep. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, who is bidding for a seat in the Florida Senate.

Fernandez was formerly legislative assistant to Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, deputy campaign manager at Thomas Hawkins for Gainesville City Commission, and field organizer for Dan Gelber's attorney general bid.

Amy Graham leaves governor's office to join Romney campaign

Gov. Rick Scott’s deputy communications director is joining the Mitt Romney campaign. Amy Graham, 25, is a former press aide to Gov. Jeb Bush and press secretary for the Department of Environmental Protection. She earns $71,000 per year.

For more, read here.

Floridian Partners hires Chamber of Commerce veteran

Floridian Partners, a statewide corporate and public affairs consulting and lobbying firm, announced that Teye Reeves, former policy director for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, joined the firm. 

Reeves will be based in the firm’s Tallahassee office, but will also serve clients in Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. 

Reeves most recently served as the director of Business Climate and Quality of Life issues for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, overseeing insurance, tort reform, tax, and health care policy and legislation, according to a press release from the organization.
"Teye has quickly developed a wide-range of experience at the state and local level.  She is a top notch, versatile talent who will bring immediate value to our clients," said Brian May, South Florida managing partner.

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