Don’t want antibiotics sprayed on your citrus? Sorry – it’s about to expand, big-time

BY: - January 2, 2019

The Trump administration has given the go-ahead for agricultural operations to spray antibiotics on nearly a half-million acres of Florida citrus, a move some scientists warn could increase the problem of antibiotic resistance in people and in the environment. Federal officials are allowing greatly expanded use of streptomycin and oxytetracycline –  antibiotics often used on […]

Finding a cure for Alzheimer’s: Gov. Scott announces $4.8-million in grants

BY: - December 18, 2018

When Florida lawmakers approved legislation in 2014 to help prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease, the numbers had already been rising: In 2000, an estimated 360,000 Floridians had been stricken by Alzheimer’s disease. The estimate rose to 450,000 in 2010 and by 2025, it would be 590,000, according to the legislative analysis. This week, Gov. Rick […]

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Ag Commissioner-elect Nikki Fried sets up transition team; asks citizens for input

BY: - November 30, 2018

Set to become Florida’s first female elected Agriculture Commissioner, Democrat Nikki Fried has set up a transition team that includes a wide range of experts, leaders and politicians. “From Democratic, Republican, and independent leaders, to leaders in Florida’s agriculture and environmental communities, public safety, energy, consumer protection, and marijuana industries—our transition team reflects the values […]

Coalition supporting reproductive rights launches advocacy website

BY: - November 30, 2018

People who want to support reproductive rights – from promoting access to birth control, sex education and information about abortions – can now go online to, a new website backed by a reproductive rights coalition called Floridians for Reproductive Freedom. The coalition is made up of more than 50 organizations and includes the Florida […]

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Don’t worry, your salad is OK: Florida’s romaine lettuce is safe to eat

BY: - November 28, 2018

Florida’s romaine lettuce is safe to eat, according to Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. Putnam announced Tuesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say Florida-grown lettuce is free of a certain strain of E. coli, which has already made a number of people sick nationwide. […]

Kionne McGhee

In Florida’s Republican-majority Legislature, a progressive speaks

BY: - November 20, 2018

With a solid majority of Republicans gathered together Tuesday for an organizational session of the new, post-election Florida Legislature, a progressive grabbed a rare opportunity to take the floor. He was state Rep. Kionne McGhee, a 40-year-old Miami-Dade County attorney and college adjunct professor who has served in the Legislature since 2012. On Tuesday, he […]

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Democrat Nicole “Nikki” Fried claims historic victory in Commissioner of Agriculture race.

BY: and - November 18, 2018

In a tight race that spawned a grueling series of recounts, Democrat Nicole “Nikki” Fried claimed victory in the campaign for Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner on Sunday, based on figures from the state’s Division of Elections. She defeated Republican Matt Caldwell by 6,753 votes, out of more than 8 million cast. To the Democratic Party and […]

Ron DeSantis

A Ron DeSantis win for Florida governor: How will he govern? And what’s in store for Floridians?

BY: and - November 15, 2018

It may not be official yet, but it looks like Florida has a new governor, Republican Ron DeSantis, based on the most recent tallies that included machine recounts in Florida’s tumultuous general election. As of the state’s 3 p.m. deadline today, Democratic challenger Andrew Gillum hadn’t garnered enough votes to move on to a manual […]

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ACLU of Florida announces new executive director

BY: - November 13, 2018

Micah W. Kubic, head of the ACLU in Kansas, will be the new executive director for the ACLU of Florida beginning in January. He’ll replace Howard Simon, who is stepping down from the Florida civil liberties organization later this month, after more than 20 years of service. “Like Kansas, the state I have spent the […]

Amendments to Florida’s Constitution were big winners

BY: - November 7, 2018

Voters said yes to 11 of 12 Constitutional Amendments on the ballot Tuesday — dramatic measures ranging from prohibiting offshore oil and gas drilling to restoring voting rights for certain felons who have done their time and phasing out the troubled industry of greyhound racing. In addition, voters – rather than state lawmakers – will […]

Gov. Rick Scott calls for increased security for Florida’s religious communities in the wake of Pittsburgh shooting

BY: - November 2, 2018

In the wake of a deadly shooting Saturday at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh which left 11 dead, Gov. Rick Scott sent a letter Wednesday to Florida sheriffs and police chiefs requesting that they make it a priority to keep their religious communities safe. Gov. Scott addressed the Florida Highway Patrol and Florida […]

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Caldwell vs. Fried: Should Florida’s Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner expand the state’s marijuana industry?

BY: - October 31, 2018

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has long been the department that oversees an agricultural industry belonging to an Old Florida – oysters and citrus, beef and dairy. But this year’s race might change that. An outspoken medical marijuana advocate, Democratic candidate Nicole “Nikki” Fried, wants to introduce industrial hemp to the Sunshine […]