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Welcome Craig Pittman, environmental columnist and contributor for the Florida Phoenix

Floridians cherish their environment, from the Everglades to sugar-sand beaches and state parks to fragile coral reefs and the iconic and endangered Florida panther.That's...

Florida Republicans embrace the heavy-handed Big Government they once derided

OCCUPIED TALLAHASSEE — While our reality show government lurches from atrocity to atrocity, here in the state capital, your imperial Legislature asserts more and...

FL House and Senate advance competing budget bills for 2020-21

With differences over funding for affordable housing, environmental land purchases, and tourism promotion, the Florida House and Senate on Wednesday advanced separate versions of...

There’s plenty to cheer conservatives in Gov. DeSantis’ State of the...

Gov. Ron DeSantis delivered a State of the State address Tuesday that mixed progressive rhetoric with conservative priorities including a hard line on taxes,...

U.S. Supreme Court takes up consequential gun rights case this week

WASHINGTON — A momentous clash over gun rights is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.The high court is slated to hear oral arguments on...

Pasco County senator in line to become the next Florida Senate...

Florida Senate Republicans on Tuesday unanimously designated Sen. Wilton Simpson as their next Senate president.Simpson, a wealthy 53-year-old farmer and businessman from Pasco County,...

Climate Change Could Make Borrowing Costlier for States and Cities

Someday soon, analysts will determine that a city or county, or maybe a school district or utility, is so vulnerable to sea level rise,...

Group files lawsuit to protect coral in FL, Caribbean, and Pacific...

An environmental group has filed suit against the Trump administration, saying federal authorities are failing to protect 12 coral species around Florida and islands...

Beloved, tiny FL Key deer would lose protection under new Trump...

The Trump administration is recommending that one of Florida’s most iconic wild creatures – the diminutive Key deer which roam in the state’s southern-most...

Democrat Gwen Graham unleashes Twitter barrage against Gov. DeSantis

Gwen Graham, the former congresswoman and Democratic candidate for governor, unloaded on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Twitter Monday, decrying the Republican's policies on...

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