Get ready for the return of TallyMadness!

A potential multibillion-dollar state budget gap. A controversial effort to expand Medicaid. How to implement Amendment 1. These are but three of the dozens of earth-shattering important issues being debated during the 2015 legislation session.

Who cares?

The legislative session is also about the the tangential and the trivial, but it’s the tangential and trivial that drives the state capital.

That’s why is excited to announce the return of TallyMadness — an online voting competition to determine who is the “best” lobbyist in Florida.

Just like college basketball fans who fill out their brackets as part of “March Madness,” political aficionados in the capital and beyond can vote on a series of bracketed match-ups pitting Florida’s top lobbyists against each other.

Right now, we are still accepting nominations for who should make the big dance. From there, a select, anonymous committee will then seed the lobbyists, 1 through 64. Voters will select the winner of each match-up, with first-round voting beginning March 20 and lasting through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 23.

If you would like to nominate a lobbyist or would like to serve on the select committee, please e-mail me at

Voters can also follow @TallyMadness on Twitter, where sneak-peaks of current match-ups will be provided, along with other interesting news and tidbits.

Those who visit are asked to e-mail any suggestions they have to improve the site — and later-round voting — to

Let the TallyMadness begin.

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