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Associated Industries of FL working group to discuss onshore oil and gas production

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Associated Industries of Florida announced Wednesday it’s forming a “Florida Mineral Rights Working Group” to focus on oil and gas production — with no mention of the even more controversial idea of offshore drilling. The announcement comes as legislation (SB 166/HB 169) has been filed to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which is a process of using sand, water and chemicals to produce oil and gas. The filing of the bills follows a public uproar in Southwest Florida after the…

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Progressives to rally statewide Tuesday for alternative legislative agenda

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As the legislative session kicks off Tuesday, a progressive group is coming together in communities across the state to put forth a more progressive agenda than what has been seen in the overwhelmingly conservative Legislature. The group Progress Florida is organizing statewide rallies called “Awake the State” for the fifth year in a row as the 2015 session gets underway. The group will unveil its list of five legislative priorities during a noon-time rally at the state Capitol in Tallahassee…

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Full list of 2010 Florida Netroots Award Winners

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As always Joy Reid steps in to fill a new media gap, this time posting the full list of award winners from this year’s Netroos Awards. Of course, Joy puts herself last on this list, so let me write it up here about how Reid won the award for Best National Blog, meaning if you are not reading her stuff, you are seriously missing out. On another note, thank you to Bella Brava and St. Pete Brasserie, the two dining…

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Saint Petersblog named Best Local Blog, winner of 3 other Netroots awards

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Okay, so there are times when we say that we are grateful or humbled and we really don’t mean it.  Just watch any awards show and you’ll see what I am talking about; some movie star saying they are grateful for this or that, when you can see right into their eyes that they are thinking, “Now, I never have to kiss up to the director to get the part.” Occasionally, however, genuine gratitude and humility can be found.  Maybe…

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Progress Florida unveils SpillBabySpill.com

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Progress Florida today launched a new website: www.SpillBabySpill.com.  The site serves as a one-stop clearinghouse of real-time information and action taking related to offshore drilling policy, with an emphasis on the ongoing BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf. Included among the site’s features are: The “BP BFF of the Week,” a regular feature highlighting public figures firmly aligned with Big Oil’s “Drill Baby Drill” agenda — the debut BP BFF is longtime drilling advocate Marco Rubio; Opportunities to take…

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Massive local government and business opposition to oil drilling demonstrated on new Internet map

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View Resolved Against Drilling in a larger map Progress Florida today unveiled the “Resolved Against Drilling” map, a powerful illustration and visual reminder to lawmakers of the overwhelming opposition to legislation (SB 2622) that would end Florida’s ban on oil drilling in state waters. The map shows that at least 55 cities, counties, chambers of commerce, and local agencies around the state have passed resolutions opposing Speaker-Designate Dean Cannon’s (R-Winter Park) and Senate-President Designate Mike Haridopolos’s (R-Melbourne) effort to sell…

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Happy Birthday, Mark Ferrulo

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Is there another man who enjoys sipping flimsy white wine more than Mark Ferrulo? If so, I have yet to meet him. In fact, I reckon Mark is personally responsible for at least one case of Bella Brava’s pinot grigio consumption. So be sure to buy him a glass of the finest vintage of Santa Margherita on Monday as Mark Ferrulo celebrates his, what, 49th birthday? Happy Birthday, Mark!

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