The trouble with legal marijuana money
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried isn’t the only supporter of medical marijuana in state politics who has been forced to find alternative ways to maintain campaign cash after being rejected by a financial institution. Pasco County marijuana activist Gary Stein is now looking for another provider to handle transactions associated with Clarity PAC, the political […]
Senate bill introduced Thursday looks to move concealed weapons permitting to FDLE
A bill introduced Thursday in the Florida Senate by Democrat Sen. Lauren Book would move a controversial concealed weapons licensing program from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It’s a measure that Democrat Commissioner of Agriculture-elect Nikki Fried supported during her campaign. Florida’s gun permitting process landed […]
Ag Commissioner-elect Nikki Fried sets up transition team; asks citizens for input
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 […]
The race for Commissioner of Agriculture goes to a manual recount.
Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner ordered the state’s 67 county elections offices to start hand-counting ballots Thursday in the close race between Democratic candidate Nicole “Nikki” Fried and Republican candidate Matt Caldwell for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. After the results of the machine recount came in, the Fried campaign declared victory […]
Recount Frenzy: Only in Florida
Amid lawsuits, controversy, protests, conspiracy theories, and aggressive tweeting from Europe by President Donald Trump, voting recounts began Saturday across Florida, with high-profile political races still hanging in the balance almost a week after the general election. Saturday’s deadline for tallying unofficial votes across Florida spawned recounts in the pivotal races for Florida Governor, the […]
The latest: Voting margins in Florida’s three statewide races keep shrinking as recounts loom
Florida’s contested statewide races keep narrowing as local elections officials continue to tally votes in Florida’s 67 counties. The unofficial vote tally is due to state officials at noon Saturday, and automatic recounts are likely. In the race for U.S. Senate, the margin of difference between Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Bill Nelson is now […]
Democrat Nikki Fried pulls slightly ahead of Republican Matt Caldwell in Agriculture Commissioner race
Once trailing her opponent in the Agriculture Commissioner race, Democrat Nicole “Nikki” Fried has pulled slightly ahead of Republican Matt Caldwell, according to unofficial results from the Florida Division of Elections. Still, the vote count is razor thin — with Fried at 50.02 percent of the vote and Caldwell at 49.98 — and that means […]
Caldwell vs. Fried: Should Florida’s Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner expand the state’s marijuana industry?
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 […]
Nikki Fried and Charlie Crist call for federal reform of marijuana policy
Even though allowing medical marijuana use is the law of the land in Florida and 30 other states, access to basic financial services for those in the burgeoning industry is nonexistent. That’s something that Democratic Agriculture Commissioner candidate Nikki Fried says needs to change. “Let’s take a new approach with forward thinking laws,” Fried said […]
Will surge in women running for office lead to big victories in November?
When it was all over in the primary election that edged out Gwen Graham – the only female on the ballot for governor — advocates for women candidates sat around talking about the reasons for the loss. “Is it a women thing? Is it a South Florida thing? (Graham lost big in Broward and Miami-Dade),” […]
Uncertain future for Florida crop production: “Help our fruit and vegetable industry survive”
Mexico’s tomatoes, strawberries and other produce — iconic foods used in salads, spaghetti sauce, strawberry shortcake and frozen Margaritas – continue to flood U.S. grocery stores, raising concerns about whether Florida’s crop production can keep up and survive. University of Florida extension scientist Alan Hodges doesn’t mince words: The Florida agricultural industry is extremely challenged, […]