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Lawyer for solar initiative predicts ‘no fiscal impact’

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The lawyer for the group behind one of two proposed constitutional amendments on solar power Monday told a panel of state economists he expected the initiative would have “no fiscal impact” if passed. Attorney Neal McAliley of the White & Case law firm, representing Consumers for Smart Solar, spoke before the Financial Impact Estimating Conference on Monday. McAliley told the panel the amendment essentially would be a net wash on state finances. According to its ballot summary, it would create a constitutional right “for…

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Blaise Ingoglia: Why ballot access needs to be addressed

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Have you ever wondered how a candidate qualifies for Florida’s Presidential Preference Primary ballot? Currently, that power rests solely with the Republican Party of Florida and its chairman. In my opinion, this is too much power in the hands of one person or organization. Florida is one of the few states in the nation that does not have any qualifying criteria to appear on the ballot in statute or Republican Party rule. South Carolina requires candidates to pay a $40,000…

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Solar ballot measure sent to Pam Bondi on way to Supreme Court

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Signatures for a proposed solar amendment to the state constitution have been verified and the measure has been submitted by state elections officials to Attorney General Pam Bondi. Floridians for Solar Choice says it wants to encourage solar energy production with a constitutional amendment that would prohibit governments or utilities from placing barriers on the sale or distribution of the power. The political committee needs more than 683,000 signatures to put the measure on the ballot by Feb. 1, 2016.…

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Former Largo mayor scratched from ballot over missing signature

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In a messy turn of events, former Mayor Bob Jackson has been disqualified from the Largo city election because one of his candidate forms, a loyalty oath, was not signed. Friday afternoon, City Clerk Diane Bruner e-mailed a letter to the Supervisor of Elections Office asking the mayor’s race to be pulled from the ballot. Jackson was challenging incumbent Mayor Pat Gerard, who defeated him in the 2006 election. For now, Gerard is automatically re-elected as the only qualified candidate,…

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St. Pete posts treasurers’ reports online

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Thanks to a nudge from Karl Nurse and, perhaps, a little blogging of my own, the City of St. Petersburg is now publishing online the campaign treasurers’ reports from all of the candidates running this year. The reports are only in PDF format, so you can’t search a database as you can on the Florida Division of Elections’ website, but this is a good first step.

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The first thing to do: Improve the lobbyist disclosure law

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If there is one aspect of Florida’s campaign finance laws that does not benefit big business and its lapdogs in the Legislature, it is laws requiring the Division of Elections to provide an Internet-based disclosure system that details “who gives what.” By visiting the Division’s site and scrolling down to the Candidates and Committees section, any Floridian with computer access can see who gave what to which candidate, and how much. You can pull up all the candidates for a…

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The first thing Charlie Crist can do: improve the lobbyist disclosure law

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If there is one aspect of Florida’s campaign finance laws that does not benefit big business and its lapdogs in the Legislature, it is laws requiring the Division of Elections to provide an Internet-based disclosure system that details “who gives what.” By visiting the Division’s site and scrolling down to the Candidates and Committees section, any Floridian with computer access can see who gave what to which candidate, and how much. You can pull up all the candidates for a…

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