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President Donald Trump now plans to build his border wall under the guise of a “national emergency.” The declaration, announced last Friday, will theoretically empower the president to divert $3.6 billion from military construction projects, $2.5 billion from federal counter-narcotics programs, and $ President Donald Trump now plans to build his border wall under the […]

Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe believes the case that Donald Trump is a Russian asset has only grown stronger over the past two years. Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe might not be in the bureau anymore, but he believes the case that Donald Trump is a Russian asset has only grown stronger since […]

President Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House on March 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) By David Gilbert Feb 20, 2019 The Trump administration is pursuing a plan to hand Saudi Arabia sensitive nuclear technology despite protests from members of […]

Senior mice treated with THC improved on learning and memory tests Credit: Christina Hempfling Getty Images Picture the stereotypical pot smoker: young, dazed and confused. Marijuana has long been known for its psychoactive effects, which can include cognitive impairment. But new research published in June in Nature Medicine suggests the drug might affect older users very differently than young […]

A new Cabinet has coalesced around Donald Trump entering Year Three of his presidency, one that seems poised to pull the United States further—and more efficiently—towards kleptocracy. A defense contractor running the Department of Defense. A self-styled tycoon who allegedly stole $120 million from his business partners. A coal lobbyist regulating coal. A senior Commerce […]

This is excellent news: The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution’s prohibition on excessive fines applies to state and local governments, limiting their abilities to impose fines and seize property….The court ruled in favor of Tyson Timbs of Marion, Ind., who had his $42,000 Land Rover seized after he was arrested for selling a couple hundred […]

Last night, the special counsel’s office released a partially redacted transcript from former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s plea hearing. The transcript reveals more damaging information about ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. A federal prosecutor told the court that Manafort’s August 2016 meeting with Konstantin Kilimnik — a known Russian agent — goes […]

After eight years of sponsoring legislation designed to undermine water resource regulations, Representative Matt Caldwell’s trail of stench ended with his recent loss to Nikki Fried for Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Never has one elected official so blatantly sold out his community and left a legacy of destruction of our precious and fragile […]

In Florida, Republicans have held the Governor’s office and both chambers of the Legislature for over 20 years and there is little tension between them. Major policy shifts have occurred with little or no dissent from either branch, especially in the last 8 years: Water pollution regulation was de-funded, unenforced, or eliminated altogether Florida Forever’s […]

(CNN)My Florida absentee ballot had been sitting on my kitchen counter unopened for more than two weeks. Every day, I avoided it as if it was a Zika-infected mosquito. I finally filled it out, and then I schlepped it in my bag for a few more days before putting it in the mail. I was […]

We have four days until Election Day, and there is so much you can do to win the day for Andrew Gillum. You can let your fingers do the clicking, pick up your phone, or you can hit the streets! First, use these graphics to show your support on social media print out your own posters. Be creative […]

Why vote AGAINST DeSantis? DeSantis on the environment: He advocates for more research, not tough regulation and direct action to address red tide He’s afraid to be a “climate change believer” and an “alarmist” He thinks the state can’t help coastal cities and counties protect property from climate change and  sea level rise He supports […]

SIESTA KEY — With red tide now encircling the state, Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum came to one of the hardest-hit regions Tuesday to lay out his environmental plan and bash his opponent as an “election year” environmentalist. Speaking under a pavilion at Siesta Key Public Beach within sight of where fish killed by the toxic red […]

The recent full page ad written by Robert Buker, Jr, CEO and President of U.S. Sugar, concerning the Lake Okeechobee watershed suggests that in Florida nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes and the Sugar Industry continuing to deny any culpability or responsibility for the devastating impacts of harmful algae blooms on […]

Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum released his environmental policy last week, and it differs markedly from his Republican opponent Ron DeSantis in many respects, including one very unique one: Gillum pledges to go after the polluters who are causing Florida’s disastrous water contamination. It’s unusual to hear any Florida politician say we need to […]

Florida voters will decide whether Ron DeSantis or Andrew Gillum is the better pick to lead them through a hurricane. Florida’s race for governor has turned into a Category 5 political storm. The Republican Party of Florida is airing ads attacking Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum’s performance as Tallahassee mayor during Hurricane Hermine’s aftermath in 2016. Ron […]

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 […]


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