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Florida Farm Bureau-Pinellas endorses four Republicans for State House

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The Florida Farm Bureau-Pinellas has endorsed four Republicans running for re-election to the state House of Representatives. Reps. Chris Latvala, House District 67, and Larry Ahern, HD 66, received contribution checks from Farm Bureau-Pinellas board members Leslie Waters and Fred Petty during the group’s annual dinner earlier this month. Waters is mayor of Seminole and Petty is the former Pinellas County tax collector. Kathleen Peters, HD 69, and Chris Sprowls, HD 65, also received campaign contributions. “These state legislators have…

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Agriculture, sugar doesn’t deserve all the blame for algae bloom, Farm Bureau Federation says

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Agriculture group Florida Farm Bureau Federation said Wednesday that sugar isn’t as culpable for the harmful Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie River algal blooms as some groups contend. “Special interest groups have targeted agriculture as the sole cause of these blooms to promote buying more land for a ‘flow way’ south of Lake Okeechobee, even though a vast amount of research indicates that doing so will harm the remnant Everglades,” the group said in a news release. Though lake…

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Nice guy Wilton Simpson lets “love flow” with Bellamy Brothers concert fundraiser April 21

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State Sen. Wilton Simpson is letting the “love flow” in his re-election bid to the Florida Senate. The Trilby Republican is hosting a special fundraising barbecue dinner and concert April 21, featuring the Bellamy Brothers, the pop-country duo best known for their crossover 1976 hit “Let Your Love Flow.” Simpson is a highly regarded entrepreneur, egg farmer, humanitarian and lawmaker – recently named by FloridaPolitics.com as one of Tampa Bay’s 25 most powerful politicians. In 2013, the Florida Farm Bureau named Simpson, a self-described “big-tent Republican,” as…

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