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In SD 18 race, Dana Young faces the toughest challenge of her political career

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After it was revealed last month that Mosaic had withheld information for weeks about the massive sinkhole at their New Wales facility in Polk County which spilled 215 million gallons of contaminated water into the Florida aquifer, the Conservation Florida Voters attacked Dana Young for receiving campaign contributions from the phosphate corporation — and the fact that it’s vice president of public affairs co-hosted a fundraiser for her last year. “Rep. Dana Young’s environmental record is as dirty as her campaign contributions,” said Jonathan Webber, deputy…

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Environmental group targets Dana Young in wake of Mosaic sinkhole incident

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A day after an official with Mosaic Fertilizer expressed regret for sitting on information for weeks about contamination leaking into the Floridan Aquifer without informing the general public at their Mulberry site, an environmental group is attempting to connect Republican state Representative Dana Young to the phosphate giant. Polk County officials say 215 million gallons of radioactive water sitting in a containment pool were swallowed and dumped into the Floridan Aquifer from a massive sinkhole on August 27. While Mosaic notified the Florida Department…

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Florida Conservation Voters endorses Bob Buesing in Senate District 18 race

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Florida Conservation Voters, an environmental group initially formed to support the Water and Land Conservation Amendment on the 2014 ballot, is endorsing Tampa Democrat Bob Buesing in his race for the state Senate District 18 seat. Buesing is running for the seat against Republican Dana Young and independent candidates Joe Redner and Sheldon Upthegrove. Aliki Moncrief, the executive director of Florida Conservation Voters, has written that environmental values transcend party politics, and in fact the organization tapped two Republicans out of their five endorsements leading…

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Ben Diamond proposes plan for protecting Florida’s environment, water quality

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As he’s walked Florida HD 68 the past weeks, candidate Ben Diamond says he’s found one overriding issue among voters: a concern for the environment and the state’s waterways. So, on Tuesday, Diamond held a news conference to unveil a six-point plan he says he’ll work to pass if elected. “I’m running for the Florida house because our state leaders need to do more to preserve and protect our water and our environment,” Diamond wrote in his proposal. “Like many…

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Groups upset with legislators over land conservation

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Environmental groups contend that the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature is again snubbing voters who want the state to purchase conservation land. They contend the budget proposals the Legislature is now developing violate Amendment 1, passed overwhelmingly in 2014, directing that a third of the revenue from documentary stamp taxes on real estate transactions go to buy land. “They’re basically ignoring what the public has clearly indicated it wants, not just the spirit but the clear words,” said former Gov. Bob Graham,…

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Amendment 1 sponsors reorganize, launch anew as Florida Conservation Voters

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The group originally founded to advance 2014’s landmark Amendment 1, Florida’s Water and Land Legacy, has rebranded itself as a new political committee called Florida Conservation Voters. Key to the nonprofit group’s new formal arrangement is its designation as a 501(c)(4), like most major issue advocacy groups like the National Rifle Association or Audubon Society. That means the group will be able to donate to candidates for state, federal and local office, which executive director Aliki Moncrief says is exactly what they will do.…

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