Month: September 2018

One is backed by President Donald Trump, the other has Sen. Bernie Sanders’ support. Nate Chute, IndyStar On the campaign trail, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum often claims to have a stronger environmental record than Republican opponent Ron DeSantis. Gillum supports banning fracking, talks about climate change solutions and bashes corporate polluters, including the sugar industry. He says […]

Every candidate for federal and state office in Florida should be unequivocal in opposing oil drilling off the coast and crystal clear in supporting a permanent extension to the federal ban on drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. But the Republican candidates for governor and U.S. Senate are offering superficial opposition to drilling without […]

TALLAHASSEE — The Rick Scott who’s running for the U.S. Senate in 2018 often bears only a hazy resemblance to the newcomer who burst on the scene and became governor of Florida eight years ago. On a wide range of issues, Scott has shifted positions to adapt to changing political times, defying the conventional wisdom […]

Originally published on September 24, 2018 2:06 pm LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE Ray Judah was a Lee County Commissioner from 1988 to 2012. During that time, Judah was a staunch advocate for environmental issues, including being instrumental in the creation of the county’s land preservation program, Conservation 20/20, and the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed, or CREW. Since leaving office […]

The statewide Republican primary for Commissioner of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) resulted in candidate Matt Caldwell flying under the radar of the public’s heightened concern over the devastating impacts of harmful algae blooms on our environment and businesses. The Commissioner of FDACS holds a cabinet post and is very influential concerning policy […]

A coalition of environmental groups says Florida’s algae outbreaks and subsequent marine life die-offs are so severe that the Leon Circuit Court should immediately act to make sure Florida spends land conservation money the way voters directed it to four years ago. They filed a motion in court Wednesday to make that happen. In 2014, […]

Water managers look at new solution for Lake Okeechobee overflow in effort to keep it out of estuaries. Water managers are fast-tracking plans to dispose of Lake Okeechobee overflow by pumping it 3,000 feet underground, agreeing to spend $10 million this week to build two deep injection wells in a test of the project’s viability. The so-called […]

Ron DeSantis, Republican candidate for Florida governor, calls sugar price supports “corporate welfare” and says the industry has too much influence. On the campaign trail, Ron DeSantis has railed against Florida’s sugar industry, blasting its two largest corporations for having too much influence in Tallahassee and D.C. Even before running for Florida governor, the former congressman — who […]

Sierra Club Dissects Ron DeSantis’ Environmental Plan and Abysmal Voting Record in Congress Earlier this week, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis released his environmental plan for Florida. Below is a brief overview of DeSantis’ plan and votes he’s taken that are in stark contrast to what he now proposes. Sierra Club Florida Director Frank Jackalone released the […]

For Immediate Release: September 14, 2018 Sierra Club Endorses Andrew Gillum for Governor Environmental Group Responds to DeSantis’ Plan for Florida   St. Petersburg, FL – The Sierra Club, America’s largest grassroots environmental organization with over 3.5 million members and supporters nationwide, including 230,000 in Florida, announced today its endorsement of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum […]

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum speaks during a Democratic gubernatorial debate at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Cohen Center in Fort Myers, Fla. (Wilfredo Lee/AP) By Katrina vanden Heuvel Columnist September 4 at 8:01 AM Last Tuesday, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum defied the odds and won the Democratic primary for governor in Florida. He had neither the biggest […]

The Environmental Voter Project aims to mobilize “the silent green majority.” The most important environmental effort you’ve probably never heard of — the Environmental Voter Project (EVP) — doesn’t talk about the environment much, if ever. But that’s because talking about the environment isn’t the solution to perhaps the biggest solvable problem the environmental movement […]

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum defeated better-funded frontrunners to become Florida’s Democratic nominee for governor. Michael Kovac Getty Images BY JONATHAN CAPEHART Andrew Gillum’s victory in the Florida Democratic gubernatorial primary on Tuesday may have seemed like a surprise. Of the five people in the race, he was the only non-millionaire or billionaire and the only African American. […]

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