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Proposed constitutional amendment on Florida consumer “energy choice” gets fire from all sides

A proposed state constitutional amendment promising choice to electricity consumers has achieved the rare feat of alienating nearly everyone in Florida politics, from the GOP establishment that runs Tallahassee to progressive environmental groups that...

The monarch butterfly migration is amazing. A new public-private partnership proposal might help

In the vast, big-sky coastal marshes of St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge south of Tallahassee, the air is thick with migrating monarch butterflies on certain fall days. Driving through, it’s impossible not to hit...

Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried: She doesn’t walk in the “same boots” as her predecessors

Nikki Fried says Florida voters were looking for something different when they narrowly elected her as state agriculture commissioner last November.“As the first woman elected to this position and as the first Jewish female...
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DeSantis goes to Panhandle Republican country to sign hardline immigration measure

Gov. Ron DeSantis, flanked by hard-line GOP U.S. House Rep. Matt Gaetz, traveled to a Republican stronghold in the Panhandle Friday to sign into law Donald Trump-inspired sanctions on any local officials who might...

A political rematch in key South Florida Congressional district?

WASHINGTON – Democrats are downplaying the prospect of a rematch in a key South Florida Congressional district that was one of the national upsets last fall, with a Democrat snagging a U.S. House seat...
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A “superhighway of hate:” Extremism is flourishing in Florida

From hate speech to hate groups to hate crimes, Florida faces a broad atmosphere of hatred that has been escalating for years, though residents and tourists may not have realized how much the extremist...

Former EPA bosses – 3 dating back to Reagan and Bush – say the agency is deeply troubled under Trump

WASHINGTON --  Four former heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency blasted the Trump administration’s management of the agency this week, saying the administration runs the risk of harming the environment and public health...

Yes, Florida has been gaining jobs. But low pay remains a problem for millions of workers

Like his predecessor, Gov. Ron DeSantis likes to talk about Florida’s job growth.It’s been a positive story. Last month, the Republican governor announced Florida had gained some 16,700 jobs in April over the prior...
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U.S. House votes to take Trump subpoena fights to court

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House on Tuesday approved Democrats’ measure to make it easier for lawmakers to take legal action against Trump administration officials who defy congressional subpoenas.The resolution -- passed 229-191 along...
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Will outrage over FL lawmaker’s derisive action toward LGBTQ people spur long-sought legal protections?

After getting caught on tape at Pensacola political meeting laughing at the suggestion that gay men should face the Biblical punishment of being put to death, Republican state Rep. Mike Hill apologized last week,...

More women are running for president than any time in U.S. history: How cool is that?

UPDATEDCheck it out: There are more women running for president right now than at any time in American history.We have six women (four of them sitting U.S. senators) vying for president in 2020 –...
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Will GOP politicking over federal disaster aid hurt Republicans in 2020?

WASHINGTON – Florida’s Democrat and Republican lawmakers were understandably frustrated when President Donald Trump and Congress started playing politics with disaster aid. It had been a full six months since Hurricane Michael slammed into...

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