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Miami Herald: Overhauling Florida’s campaign database could increase access but cost money

When Florida lawmakers raised campaign contribution limits last year, they said the goal was to make the money in politics more transparent. There was one problem: the state’s campaign finance website. The 9-year-old system is difficult and cumbersome, and it has no provision for tracking the explosion in soft-money checks to the candidates and issues […]

TC Palm: Analysis: Fertilizer maker to fund ORCA research into lagoon pollutants

Like politics, research along the Indian River Lagoon makes strange bedfellows. Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., the world’s largest dealer of lawn fertilizer, is funding a two-year, $500,000 project by the Fort Pierce-based Ocean Research & Conservation Association to find and assess sources of pollution in the lagoon. Environmentalists and researchers, including members of the ORCA team, […]

Tampa Tribune: St. Pete students’ classes benefit bay’s grasses

The green and brown sprigs of these tiny plants don’t look like they would go very far in covering long, eroded swaths of the Tampa Bay shoreline. But the miniature salt marsh bulbs Lakewood High School students Kaylee Polk and Brittany Makuta plopped into the mud behind the headquarters of the nonprofit Tampa Bay Watch […]

Tallahassee Democrat: Letter: Ethanol policy can create some unnecessary costs

For more than 75 years, the Florida Transportation Builders Association has worked to protect all aspects of the road and bridge building industry. Outdated federal policy is causing concern as it impacts FTBA members and consumers across Florida. The current Renewable Fuel Standard mandate requires a problematic amount of ethanol to be added to our […]

Context Florida: Dave Mica: With all reports in, let’s build the Keystone XL Pipeline

Another day, and another positive environmental impact statement for the Keystone XL pipeline was released Friday by the U.S. Department of State.  This is great news. The Keystone XL pipeline would increase Canadian oil imports from 2 million to 5 million barrels per day — great news for U.S. energy security.  A $7 billion privately […]

Context Florida: Ed Moore: We need to significantly reduce the number of high-school dropouts

What if I told you that Florida has a law that that if you use it, you increase your chances of spending time in prison and being dependent on government services for most of your life? How about if I told you that 10 other states have this same law? Well, we and they do […]

Saint Petersblog: Tampa Bay Watch partners with Scotts Miracle-Gro to preserve regional wetlands

By Phil Ammann Environmental activists with Tampa Bay Watch are joining lawn and garden-care giant Scotts Miracle-Gro in an educational program that will provide 80,000 salt marsh plants for Florida’s largest estuary. “Bay Grasses in Classes” will have students from St. Petersburg’s Lakewood High School, along with Tampa Bay Watch staff and Scotts representatives, on […]

Sunshine State News: Ed Moore: War on Poverty — When is Peace at Hand?

With the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s declared War on Poverty, much is being written about perspectives on levels of success, value of the effort, and only a little about the length and cost of a war that has been declared, yet never correctly embraced. Since 1964 there have been over 80 federal […]