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Environmentalists turn to craft beer to make their clean water pitch

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The group Environment Florida put a new face on the fight for clean water – beer. In order to draw increased attention to water quality issues facing Floridians, the group hosted a clean water forum at 3 Daughters brewery in St. Pete Tuesday night. The evening’s keynote speaker was Jim Leonard, chemist and lab director for the brewery. We’re talking Breaking Bad beer brewing … minus the Walter White, law-breaking shenanigans. Leonard pointed out how important water is to brewing…

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2015 Awake the State rallies take on a quieter tone

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Progressive activists across the state are calling on the Florida Legislature to take up five key issues voted on by supporters of the group Progress Florida. During a rally at Spa Beach near the downtown St. Pete Pier, about 20 members of the community announced their agenda that includes raising the minimum wage, expanding health care and Medicaid, ensuring access to clean water and energy and reforming campaign finance laws. “We want to put the progressive agenda in the forefront,” said…

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Pat Kemp says she’s definitely running for Hillsborough County Commission in 2016

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Despite a late start and the fact that she was outspent by approximately $70,000, Pat Kemp nearly defeated Al Higginbotham in the race for the countywide Hillsborough County District 7 seat last November. That’s why she says she’s definitely running again in 2016, this time for the Democratic nomination for the countywide District 6 seat that will go before the voters in November of 2016. It’s a race that could be crowded with other Democrats as well, as both DNC Vice…

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Charlie Justice, Rick Kriseman call on Crist to get Raytheon to act

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Angry that legislation they proposed on the issue was killed, two state representatives on Saturday called on Gov. Charlie Crist to become personally involved in the proposed cleanup of contaminated groundwater under a now-closed Raytheon plant and surrounding neighborhoods. State Sen. Charlie Justice and state Rep. Rick Kriseman sponsored legislation that would require companies to notify nearby property owners and public officials about pollutants. The bill was designed so no one would be kept in the dark about such contaminants,…

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Charlie Justice, Rick Kriseman to hold press conference over Raytheon plume

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State Sen. Charlie Justice (D- St. Petersburg) and state Rep. Rick Kriseman (D- St. Petersburg) will hold a press conference with members of the Azalea Neighborhood Association, Sierra Club and other members of the Pinellas Legislative Delegation, asking for immediate action by the Department of Environmental Protection to clean up the toxic plume that has plagued the neighborhoods of west St. Petersburg for over 15 years. DATE:           Saturday, June 5 TIME:            9 a.m. LOCATION: West side of Azalea Park, across…

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What does Charlie Crist stand for? His website says a lot…

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After a weekend in which Charlie Crist earned the endorsement of Florida’s teachers, but not the AFL-CIO, and saw him position himself to go after the backing of the Sierra Club, even the governor’s most ardent supporters have to wonder what will Crist not do to gain a political advantage.  Crist is certainly enjoying his newfound Independent status, but have his core beliefs changed? Not according to his website, at least. Take a look at the meta-tags in the source…

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Snubbed by AFL-CIO, Charlie Crist now seeking endorsement of, um, Sierra Club

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Asked if he was disappointed he was not endorsed by the Florida AFL-CIO, Charlie Crist said: “I don’t think at all. It would have been nice, obviously, that’s why I went there. But I was awfully proud and pleased to get the teachers’ support. It’s all about getting the support of the people.” Crist, who wooed the unions at their annual meeting this weekend, said he’d welcome the support of other groups, including environmentalists such as the Sierra Club, according…

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