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U.S. conservatism expands to final frontier: City hall

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For decades, a well-funded conservative group has helped state lawmakers across the U.S. write legislation to rein in unions, expand charter schools and lower taxes. Now, it’s expanding to the final frontier: normally nonpartisan city halls and county governments, which have become a bastion of liberal resistance to President Donald Trump.

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Surfrider’s passion for ‘local control’ in ban the bag debate rings false, is opportunistic spin

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Local control, the notion that communities should have a certain degree of “home rule” in managing its own affairs, has become one of the hot-button issues in both Florida and across the country. As part of the “ban the bag” movement, however, the rallying cry of “local control” is in danger of trivialization, made almost meaningless. On one side are organizations like American Legislative Exchange Council and the American City and County Exchange — highly regarded sister groups that list…

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Strange bedfellows: Conservative solar supporters funded by traditional green groups

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When Debbie Dooley makes a case for solar power, she isn’t falling back on the same old environmental arguments. The Tea Party firebrand from Woodstock, Ga., talks about property rights, national security, and the free market. To Barry Goldwater, Jr., the former Republican congressman, support for solar energy is a conservative stance against power utilities that are trying to “limit energy choice.” Right-leaning pro-solar groups, like those founded by Dooley and Goldwater, might offer evidence – at least in some media…

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Florida DEP says Legislature will get shot at state carbon plan

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Pressed by legislators, a state environmental official said Wednesday she doesn’t expect Florida to forward to federal officials a plan for reducing carbon dioxide emissions without getting approval by the Legislature. President Barack Obama in 2014 issued his Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels. Industry groups and some states have opposed the proposed rules with Murray Energy Corp. filing a lawsuit to block the action by the U.S. Environmental Protection…

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