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Solar choice advocates like Stephen Smith and Debbie Dooley can’t come to grips

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Consumers for Smart Solar got their initiative on the 2016 ballot fair and square, and from the looks of it Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s Stephen Smith and Tea Party poser Debbie Dooley are having trouble coming to grips. The sour grapes were pretty apparent in a recent interview, where Dooley was identified as an orchestrator of the “Green Tea” movement that brought together tea partiers and environmentalists to help fight… what? Regular people who oppose the solar plan put forward by SACE? And…

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Mitch Perry Report for 12.17.15 — As Congress votes on spending bill, will far right turn on Paul Ryan now?

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I’m going to guess that conservatives in Congress aren’t going to turn on new House Speaker Paul D. Ryan so soon, since he’s still undergoing a honeymoon less than two months after replacing the very unpopular John Boehner. But there’s definitely unease among the far right part of the party on this omnibus spending bill that his House of Representatives will vote on tomorrow. Today comes a vote on a tax package, which apparently is only going to be supported by Republicans,…

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Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff comes to Tallahassee to decry big money in solar fight

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Infamous former Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff spoke in the state capital Tuesday morning, as he joined forces with fellow conservatives in support of lobbying and ethics reforms. Abramoff’s appearance came amid a heated battle between utilities and environmentalist groups over a pair of solar energy amendments set to appear on Florida ballots in 2016. Abramoff, who pled guilty in 2006 to conspiracy, fraud, and tax evasion in federal court over a scheme to defraud Native American-run casino interests, told reporters special interests are…

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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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Solar power constitutional amendment closer to getting on Florida ballot, but still needs lots more signatures

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A constitutional amendment that would allow Floridians the opportunity to purchase solar power for their home energy needs is one step closer to getting on the 2016 ballot, as the Financial Impact Estimating Conference (FIEC) has completed its review of the Florida Solar Choice ballot petition and filed its Financial Impact Statement with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Bondi must now send the FIEC statement to Florida’s Supreme Court for its review. Concurrently the court is taking up a required review of the ballot…

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Florida solar battle heats up: Tea Party’s Debbie Dooley takes on Americans for Prosperity

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As a proposed solar energy initiative gains steam in Florida, an interesting rhetorical battle is also heating up: Americans for Prosperity (AFP) against the Tea Party fringe. The latest bombast comes from Debbie Dooley, described by American Spectator columnist Jon Cassidy as a “Tea Party eccentric and advocate for solar energy.” Dooley is the outspoken state coördinator of the Georgia Tea Party Patriots. Dooley calls voters in the Sunshine State to support the Florida Right to Produce and Sell Solar Energy…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.18.15 — No DWS, no problem. Right, Dems?

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate next year, but hopefully that doesn’t “pave the way” for fellow South Florida Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy to become the groomed nominee in 2016. As a Tampa Bay-based political reporter, I have to admit knowing very little about Congressman Murphy — his philosophy, his temperament. Hell, even his voting record. Yes, there’s plenty of time to find out, but the Democratic Party really has to…

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