U.S. ‘sugar cartel’ has secured an even sweeter deal

U.S. sugar producers received the third highest share of “trade-distorting” government aid in the world between 2015 and 2017, behind only Vietnam and the Philippines, according to data compiled by Jared Greenville, senior agricultural policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. In absolute terms, only China provided more aid to its sugar…

Local Indivisibles Protesting #RedTideRick Scott Make News

“Wheels Fall Off Scott’s Bus Tour,” began today’s Politico Florida Playbook.  “Rick Scott campaign stop besieged by red tide protesters,” wrote Zac Anderson in the Sarasota Herald Tribune. Indeed, working with less than two days’ notice that Scott would be at a Venice restaurant to greet supporters, Englewood Indivisible, Indivisible Venice, several Democratic Party organizations and…

Ron DeSantis veers into the absurd in bid to raise fear and doubt on Andrew Gillum

After months of limiting his contact with Florida voters and reporters, Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis this week turned into a ubiquitous and pugnacious presence on the campaign trail. He also jumped head-long into the realm of the absurd with some of his attacks on Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum. Desantis suggested Saturday in Central Florida…

New Ad Campaign Reminds Puerto Ricans Fracked Gas Exacerbates Climate Change and Hurricanes

TALLAHASSEE, FLA—The Sierra Club today released “Tu Isla Salvaría,” an animated Spanish language music video. The video reminds Puerto Ricans living in Florida of the role climate change plays in hurricanes like the ones that devastated the island last year, as well as Governor Scott and his Siting Board’s role in approving or rejecting the…

Charlotte County left behind in Rick Scott’s economy

Nearly half of Florida’s 67 counties had fewer jobs than a decade ago, according to a 2017 report by the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Most are smaller rural communities in North and  Central Florida and around Lake Okeechobee. Other counties include Alachua, Baker, Charlotte, Citrus, Columbia, DeSoto, Gadsden, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Holmes, Levy, and Okaloosa.…

Andrew Gillum agrees to Univision, Leadership Florida debates

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum accepted invitations to debates hosted by Univision and by Leadership Florida. But whether Republican Ron DeSantis will be on stage as well remains unclear.

“We hope that Congressman DeSantis will join us, though it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to answer a single question about his nonexistent campaign platform,” said Gillum adviser Scott Arceneaux in a statement.

Independent voters push Andrew Gillum up six points over Ron DeSantis, says new Rasmussen poll

Per Rasmussen Reports, Democrat Andrew Gillum has a six point lead over Republican Ron DeSantis in the gubernatorial race.

The Rasmussen poll of 800 likely voters was conducted Monday and Tuesday.

Gillum was buoyed by female and NPA voters, and held his own with men and white voters, while DeSantis continues to show difficulty reaching out beyond his base.

The Miami Herald Catches Ron DeSantis Planning a Fundraiser with Racist Former Representative Ralph Arza

With each passing day, new reports reveal just how closely Ron DeSantis has aligned himself with the most toxic and divisive figures in our politics. Last night, the DeSantis campaign released a fundraising invitation that listed former Representative Ralph Arza as a co-host. In 2006, Rep. Arza was forced to resign in disgrace after calling the Miami-Dade…

OPINION: The real extremist running for Florida Governor

Florida has not seen anything like the epic race pitting Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum against Rep. Ron DeSantis, both aspiring to become Governor. Gillum made history by becoming the first black nominee for Governor in the history of the state after beating four other candidates, all millionaires, while running a bold and progressive campaign. DeSantis defeated Agriculture Commissioner Adam…

POLLING: GOP candidates on wrong side of medical marijuana smoking ban

The three top-of-ticket Republicans each offered varying degrees of incoherence as they staked out positions in support of Tallahassee’s quixotic crusade against allowing Florida patients to smoke medical marijuana.

Meanwhile, in the real world, voters believe — by a whopping 66-24 margin — that medical marijuana patients be allowed to smoke marijuana under the law.