Some 28 centrists “Blue Dog” Democrats lost their congressional seats after the 2010 elections, including now-former Rep. Allen Boyd, who represented Florida’s 2nd district. #
According to a recent report by the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News, nearly a third of them have achieved soft landings by taking jobs lobbying their former colleagues. #
Boyd now works for the bipartisan Twenty-First Century Group, whose client list includes several figures in the telecommunications industry, among them Verizon and Time Warner Cable. #
The report notes that industry groups and their political committees bailed on the Blue Dogs after they failed to pass business-backed legislation when Democrats controlled congress and that many of the groups switched to supporting Republicans. #
Gov. Rick Scott is slated to sign House Bill 7095, a bill that will implement a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in the state, in three ceremonies across the state on Friday. The ceremonial signings will take place in Tampa, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.