Monday, February 7, 2011

Stop fighting Florida's redistricting amendment

Highlands Today

Published: February 4, 2011

The phrase "will of the people" gets thrown around a lot these days. Every politician says this is what the people want, or that is what they don't want. That's why it's so ludicrous when they try to stop something that's obviously what the people want, considering they just voted in a large majority to make it a part of the constitution. That's what happening with Republicans and the recently passed amendment to make congressional and legislative district redistricting fair and equitable...

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Florida PIRG ~ Top Priority: Safe Food, Healthy Kids

July, 2010

We’re working to ensure Congress and the Obama administration puts children’s health above the meat industry...

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Oil Spill Encounters Loop Current

by Tim Ballisty, Jon Erdman
The Weather Channel

...With its proximity to the northern edge of the Loop Current it may be only a matter of weeks or even days before the ocean surface oil is transported toward the Florida Keys and southeast Florida...Unfortunately, three out of the four computer models show that the oil will indeed be caught in the current and swept to the south...

"This can't be passed off as 'it's not going to be a problem,'" said William Hogarth, dean of the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science. "This is a very sensitive area. We are concerned with what happens in the Florida Keys."

Per a report from The Associated Press, Hogarth said it's still too early to know what specific amounts of oil will make it to Florida, or what damage it might do to the sensitive Keys or beaches on Florida's Atlantic coast.

He said claims by BP that the oil would be less damaging to the Keys after traveling over hundreds of miles from the spill site were not mollifying.

Damage is already done, with the only remaining question being how much more is to come, said Paul Montagna, from the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas...

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Senate Panel Expands Waterfront Property Tax Protections


Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 11:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 11:54 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE | A Senate panel charged with carrying out a state constitutional amendment to protect working waterfronts made last-minute changes Thursday to expand the amendment's scope and protect it from likely legal challenges from local cash-strapped local governments...

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Health News Florida: Sen. Gaetz: FL will resist feds

By Christine Jordan Sexton
Health News Florida

TALLAHASSEE—Florida’s Republican-controlled state government is gearing up to fight federal health care reform even before the law passes...

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Toward clean water

St. Petersburg Times
November 24, 2009

A federal judge was right to step in last week and clear the way for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to establish limits on pollution in Florida's lakes, rivers and bays. The state has sat on its hands for 11 years while runoff from farms, sewer plants, golf courses and homes has put the environment, public health and the tourist economy at risk. State officials should be embarrassed for sticking by such major polluters as paper, pulp and phosphate manufacturers and for tarring the cleanup as a back-door tax. The deal should help reverse the deterioration of Florida waters and prod the state and private industry to adopt sustainable business practices...

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Forever isn't political

Orlando Sentinel
October 30, 2009

The gist: Lawmakers should bridge differences to support state's land preservation program.

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