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New Florida poll shows Hillary Clinton with 3-point lead over Donald Trump, tight race between Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy

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A new poll of likely Florida voters gives Hillary Clinton one of her largest leads in weeks. According to a new poll from St. Pete Polls, Clinton holds a 3-point lead over Republican Donald Trump in the Sunshine State. The poll of 2,319 likely Florida voters shows Clinton at 48 percent, followed by Trump at 45 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson received 3 percent support, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein got 1 percent. About 2 percent of respondents said they were voting…

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Consumers for Smart Solar spends another $4.3 million

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Supporters of Florida’s solar power amendment spent big money last week, hoping to make one last push to convince voters to vote “yes” on Amendment 1. State records show Consumers for Smart Solar spent $4.3 million between Oct. 22 and Nov. 3. That brings overall spending to more than $25.4 million. Consumers for Smart Solar spent more than $3.6 million on advertising between Oct. 22 and Nov. 3. The group spent another $526,508 on “consulting and advertising,” and $91,520 on…

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Consumers for Smart Solar raises $300K during first week of October

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Add another $300,000 to Consumers for Smart Solar’s coffers. State records show Consumers for Smart Solar, the group backing the solar power amendment, raised $300,000 between Oct. 1 and Oct. 7. Records show the committee received two contributions for $150,000 each from the Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy and the Florida Faith and Freedom Coalition. The Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy is a Montgomery, Alabama-based coalition of “working people, business owners, environmentalists, and trade organizations who are fighting for fair, responsible energy…

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Consumers for Smart Solar raises $75K in one week

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Consumers for Smart Solar is continuing to spend big on advertising, dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars on direct mail in the last week of September. Records show the group behind the solar power ballot initiative spent $311,085 between Sept. 24 and Sept. 30. That sum includes $208,422 to an Orlando-based firm for a direct mail campaign. Mailers began hitting Floridians’ mailboxes in September, encouraging them to support the solar initiative. The mailers call the proposal “a straightforward plan that encourages solar.”…

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New ad from Drug Free Florida says marijuana ‘is not medicine’

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Drug Free Florida is out with a new TV ad questioning the assertion that medical marijuana is medicine. The 30-second spot, according to the Vote No on 2 campaign, is meant to compare a prescription drug with marijuana. According to the campaign, Marinol, a prescription drug, has the same benefits as marijuana but is “regulated by the FDA and prescribed by a doctor.” “This is not medicine, not regulated by the FDA, not prescribed by a doctor. But Amendment 2…

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Solar incentives the focus of new Consumer Energy Alliance report

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The cost of installing rooftop solar systems is at a record low due in part to government and utility incentives, according to a new report. The report, commissioned by the Consumer Energy Alliance, found incentives have significantly reduced the residential customers’ costs of installing rooftop solar systems. Michael Whatley, executive vice president of the Consumer Energy Alliance, said in a statement the organization is hopeful the report will help produce “pro-solar, pro-grid, and pro-consumer policies here in Florida to ensure…

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