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Solar amendment slammed as creating new tax

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The ad war between the two competing solar amendments flared up Tuesday with the release of a new commercial slamming one of the initiatives for creating a “shady solar tax.” Two groups are competing for votes for a proposed constitutional amendment: The utility-backed Consumers for Smart Solar and Floridians for Solar Choice, aligned with a coalition of progressive and conservative groups. Consumers for Smart Solar’s ad, released on YouTube on Tuesday, calls into question a new monthly fee the competing amendment would create, using…

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Labor Day Weekend, brought to you by these Florida lobbyists and political organizations

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Amid the parades and barbecues the meaning of Labor Day often gets lost on contemporary Americans, particularly in Florida, where unions scarcely carry political or cultural clout outside of Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. But as we celebrate the holiday, let’s take a moment to honor those who persevered through both dangerous working conditions and violent hostility from robber barons and Pinkerton agents in order to bring us the abolition of child labor, the minimum wage, and the 40-hour work week —…

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Floridians for Government Accountability is latest group to endorse Smart Solar Amendment

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A statewide group promoting fiscal responsibility at all levels of government is the latest to endorse the solar energy ballot initiative by Consumers for Smart Solar. Floridians for Government Accountability, a corporation formed to educate the public on economic issues, is throwing its support behind the campaign to oppose a “consumer unfriendly” initiative put forth by Floridians for Solar Choice. Opponents of the Solar Choice amendment – which they call “shady” – believe the poorly worded proposal, if passed, would…

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Consumers for Smart Solar posts blockbuster $460K in first month fundraising

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In the race to expand solar energy in Florida, one side is opening strong by posting blockbuster first-month fundraising numbers, which they credit to a campaign of transparency and diversity. Consumers for Smart Solar, the group behind a proposed solar amendment for the 2016 Florida ballot, announced Monday it raised more than $463,000 in its first month. The group collected $463,045 in July, far outpacing that of rival organization Floridians for Solar Choice. To get an idea of the groundswell of support for Smart…

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The Florida GOP’s new Comms Director and Press Secretary are…

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Here’s a Monday night shot: on Tuesday, expect the Republican Party of Florida to formally name Brad Herold as Executive Director. Your chaser — the RPOF will also reportedly name Wadi Gaitan as Communications Director and Mallory Deason as Press Secretary. Deason comes on board by way of Enterprise Florida – Gov. Rick Scott‘s brainchild-within-a-brainchild housed in the relatively new Department of Economic Opportunity – while Gaitan comes over from Majority Office of the GOP-controlled House of Representatives. Gaitan, whose bilingual skills should…

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Will Florida Republicans hold a Presidency 6 straw poll this year?

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“If you don’t measure, you don’t really care.” That’s what Jeb Bush told a crowd of supporters at his recent education forum in Tallahassee. The more data, the better, it would seem. Well, not since the days of this amazing vintage footage of Steve Bousquet covering the late Gov. Reubin Askew‘s 1984 presidential run has there been so much concern about a Floridian pursuing the White House. And when it rains, it pours: we have not only frontrunner Jeb Bush to obsess over…

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Senator Jim King’s cancer struggle continues

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The latest update on Senator Jim King, one of Florida’s greatest statesmen… Dear Friends: While it seemed as though President King was cancer free, he has recently learned that the cancer that first began in his pancreas has now spread to other places in his body. President King is continuing to fight with the passion and will that has made him our hero for so many years. We continue to ask for your encouragement and prayers, and on behalf of…

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