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State News
4:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

The Politics Of 'Climate': How Opposite Ideologies Are Pushing Clean Energy

FSU student and ReThink Florida intern Daniel Corbett (far right) prepares to speak next to petition boxes in the Florida Capitol rotunda on Oct. 20, 2014.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

Environmentalists are attacking Gov. Rick Scott’s inaction on climate change at the same time a liberal-leaning superPAC is running climate-based ads against the Republican incumbent. But progressive groups don’t have a monopoly on environmental issues. A conservative organization taking root in Florida aims to promote green issues while keeping the executive branch red.

More than 92,000 thousand people recently signed petitions asking Republican Scott to lead the fight against climate change.

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State News
6:36 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Fla. Voter Update: More Than 1M Have Voted So Far, More Absentee Than Early Voters

Credit MGN Online

Most Florida counties are reporting a smooth and steady early voting and absentee turnout so far.

According to Duval County Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland, more than a million Floridians have voted ahead of the November 4th general election. He also heads the Florida State Association of Supervisor of Elections.

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State News
6:35 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Are Two Floridas Better Than One? One South Florida City Says Yes.

Projected sea level rise in Florida
Credit Weiss and Overpeck at the University of Arizona

A new proposal would cut Florida in half.  For years activists across the country have been making similar proposals to split current states into multiple pieces.  One 2013 idea suggested cutting California into six.  But Nick Evans reports a South Florida politician believes the ideal number of Floridas is two.

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State News
6:19 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

After Early Voting This Week, Gov. Candidates Place Emphasis On Casting Ballots Early

Gov. Rick Scott and his wife early voted in Naples Thursday (left)/Charlie Crist and his wife early voted in St. Petersburg Monday.
Scott for Florida campaign/Charlie Crist's twitter account

Florida’s gubernatorial race is locked in a dead heat, and two candidates are now placing an emphasis on voting early ahead of the November 4th general election.

Republican Governor Rick Scott joined by his wife, daughter, and grandsons kicked off his two-week early voting tour Thursday, after casting ballots early in Naples.

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State News
5:51 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Monarchy In Decline – Fewer Butterflies Expected At St. Marks Festival

Credit Don Sutherland

The St. Marks Wildlife Refuge’s Monarch Butterfly festival is scheduled for this weekend. But not many butterflies are expected to attend.

Experts say a diminishing habitat and climate change have led to a smaller monarch population that migrates later so even though organizers have pushed the festival’s date back, Education Specialist Lori Nicholson says not many Monarchs are likely to be there.

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