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Diane Roberts: Will Joe Negron make Everglades deal happen? Maybe.

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As the old Vulcan proverb goes, “Only Nixon could go to China.” Maybe only Joe Negron can make an Everglades land deal happen. Negron, the incoming state Senate president and a conservative Republican, wants to acquire 60,000 acres south of Lake Okeechobee, land that would help clean up the filthy, nutrient-choked lake water currently sliming South Florida from Fort Pierce to Cape Coral. Using Amendment One money, the state would pay for half (about $1.2 billion), and the federal government…

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Florida League of Women Voters blasts record budget that ‘ignores Constitution’

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Citing “blatant political maneuvering and a disregard for the wishes of voters,” few lawmakers can take pride in the 2015 legislative session, says Pamela Goodman, president of the Florida League of Women Voters. Her primary concerns in the recently ended special session were notable failures in accepting federal Medicaid expansion money to cover more than 800,000 of the state’s uninsured poor, as well as falling short on environmental funding passed overwhelmingly by Florida voters last November. “The 2015 Legislature kicked…

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