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Tough questions for Jack Abramoff, in Tallahassee today for shady solar advocates

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Notorious former lobbyist Jack Abramoff tells anyone who will listen he really wants to improve his image. Fronting a shady, dark money organization is not the best way to go about it. Tuesday morning, Abramoff enters the Florida solar energy fray with an appearance at a news conference hosted by Conservatives for Energy Freedom. The media event is set for 10:30 a.m. at the Florida Press Center in Tallahassee. Abramoff spent nearly four years in federal prison on a variety of…

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Email insights: Floridians throw shade on “shady” solar amendment

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A new email has Floridians throwing a lot of shade on the “shady” solar energy amendment. Consumers for Smart Solar announced a recent poll showing Florida voters have clearly rejected the solar energy constitutional amendment offered by Floridians for Solar Choice for the 2016 ballot. Floridians, the group says, are refusing to be blinded by the “shady” amendment promoted by the out-of-state solar industry. According to Smart Solar spokeswoman Sarah Bascom, only 47 percent of Florida voters support the “Shady…

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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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Today on Context Florida: Shifting discourse and two sides of Florida’s solar debate

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Today on Context Florida: The Florida Supreme Court recently invalidated the state’s congressional districts map, finding it had been drawn with unconstitutional intent to favor the majority party and incumbents. The decision is a Big Deal, says attorney Glenn Burhans, but noteworthy for another reason: Illustrating a shift in our judicial discourse and the proper place, if any, of sharp-elbowed dissent. Most Floridians agree: Solar power is an essential part of our energy future. In fact, Florida voters might even find…

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