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New survey shows Amendment 4 solar initiative getting 56 percent support

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An initiative that would give a property tax break for renewable energy to residents and businesses, is getting strong support heading into the August 30 primary election in Florida. A St. Pete Poll survey released on Wednesday shows that Amendment 4 is garnering 56 percent support to 16 percent against, with 27 percent undecided. Florida hasn’t had a constitutional amendment referendum in the state primaries since 1984. There is some confusion regarding this issue and Amendment 1, another solar power constitutional amendment that will…

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Advanced energy fields in Florida poised for growth

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The number of advanced energy jobs is on the rise in Florida, and experts said the industry could add more than 5,000 new jobs by the end of the year. A new report from the Advanced Energy Economy Institute found there were more than 140,000 advanced energy jobs in the state in 2015. The industry employs nearly twice as many people are the agriculture industry, more people than the real estate industry. According to the report, prepared for the AEE…

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Poll shows solar power amendment backed by utilities gets 77% support from Floridians

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A June online poll of Floridians by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute shows Floridians supporting two different alternative energy proposals that they’ll get the chance to vote for, one in August, and another in November. This fall, Floridians will vote on Amendment One, the controversial solar power initiative that grants Florida residents the right to own or lease equipment that produces solar energy for personal use. While it’s strongly backed by the public utility companies in the state, it seems to be extremely…

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PR campaign to launch for solar amendment

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Wednesday marks the beginning of “the official digital launch of the summer education campaign” of a proposed constitutional amendment on solar power. Florida for Solar, Inc., championed by state Sen. Jeff Brandes, and Floridians 4 Lower Energy Costs are joining forces to get “Amendment 4” passed on the Aug. 30 primary ballot. “Both organizations will be working together to gain support from voters through direct mail, digital and traditional media,” they said in a Tuesday press release. The amendment would be a sort…

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

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With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round. Off: Amanda Cogan has stepped down as district secretary for Shalimar Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz. On: Lisa Goodson is Gaetz’s new district secretary. Off and on: Kevin Reilly has left the job of deputy staff director for the House majority leader for a new position as legislative affairs director for Gov. Rick Scott’s office. Off: Gloria Perez is no longer district secretary…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.6.16 – Alan Grayson and the hedge funds

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Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders won big-time in Wisconsin Tuesday night, but you already knew that. Did you know that the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team won their fourth straight NCAA championship Tuesday night, or that the Golden State Warriors stunningly lost in O.T. in Oakland, requiring them to sweep their remaining four games of the season if they’re to break the Chicago Bulls 72-10 best regular season record? In the Florida political world, the biggest story by far…

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Rick Scott appoints Kevin Reilly, William Spicola to leadership team

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Gov. Rick Scott has two new members on his leadership team. On Tuesday, Scott announced Kevin F. Reilly and William N. Spicola will be joining his senior leadership team. Reilly will be Scott’s legislative affairs director, while Spicola has been appointed Scott’s general counsel. Both men start Wednesday. The announcement is the latest of several staffing changes in the governor’s office. So far this month, Kim McDougal took over as the governor’s chief of staff. She replaces Melissa Sellers, who…

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