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DEP takes aim at media’s coverage of Mosaic sinkhole story

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As for the much-heralded sinkhole at the Mosaic Company’s New Wales Facility in Polk County, readers of the Tampa Bay Times may be in for a shock. Truth be told, both the state of Florida and Mosaic have been much more proactive than they are led to believe. And Mosaic and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection wan to set the record straight. In a statement Tuesday, the agency blasts the Times for omitting several key facts — despite the paper being…

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DEP says St. Petersburg sewage discharges violate environmental laws

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has entered into a consent order with the City of St. Petersburg after determining the city violated environmental laws that resulted in the unpermitted discharges of sewage into Clam Bayou and Tampa Bay during August of 2015, June of 2016, and Aug. 31-Sept.13 of this year. The 11-page document was signed by Mary Yeargan, Southwest District Director for the Florida DEP and sent to St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Public Works Administer Claude Tankersley on…

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Hillary Clinton aide says Bernie Sanders backers to come around

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The Latest on the Democratic National Convention and 2016 presidential campaign. (all times EDT): 7:10 p.m. A Hillary Clinton campaign adviser says he’s not worried about winning over Bernie Sanders’ supporters. “Most of them are going to come around.” That’s what John Podesta thinks. Podesta says he knows there are some in the Sanders camp who are still “emotional” and wish Clinton didn’t win more votes than the Vermont senator in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. But Podesta…

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Gwen Graham says Rick Scott, Donald Trump from ‘Con man’ wing of GOP

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Tallahassee-based Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Graham spent a few minutes unfavorably comparing Florida Gov. Rick Scott to Donald Trump while addressing state Democrats in Philadelphia Thursday morning. “Make no mistake, Rick Scott and Donald Trump are cut from the same wing of the Republican Party,” she said. “Not the conservative wing, but the con man wing, and if you want to know what can happen to America, just look at what’s happened to our beautiful state.” Graham said that even though Florida has…

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Joe Henderson: DNC Day 3 – organization is everything

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Florida Democrats have long since undertaken the groundwork to deliver the Sunshine State to Hillary Clinton in November. In fact, you could say that began in 2008 and continued four years later when Barack Obama carried Florida in both of his presidential campaigns. The local operatives, so critical in big elections, who turned out the vote for Obama have stayed busy trying to do the same for Clinton. “They never left,” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said. “Some of the players…

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Diane Roberts: Bad science is not good for state’s waterways

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You’d think that a state where they launch rockets into space, a state which houses the world’s most powerful superconducting magnets, a state with several perfectly good universities, would embrace science. Or at least not be so thoroughly hostile to it. But this is Rick Scott’s Florida, where there’s still legislative resistance to teaching evolution (“just a theory!”), the Agency for Healthcare Administration doesn’t understand how doctors determine pregnancy, and climate change is the impending disaster that Dares Not Speak…

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Senate committee passes bill restructuring public land acquisition and management

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A bill revamping the state’s process of public land acquisition and management passed its first Senate committee Tuesday. LobbyTools reports that SB 1290, filed by Trilby Republican Sen. Wilton Simpson is nearly identical to House equivalent, HB 1075, filed by Lehigh Acres Republican Rep. Matt Caldwell. Orlando Democratic Sen. Darren Soto submitted an amendment to strip language that would allow “an expansion of use of land acquisition dollars, Amendment 1 dollars, on water projects.” Although opposing a similar bill last year, Eric Draper of Audubon…

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