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Is Florida GOP Governor Candidate, Adam Putnam, Owned By Big Sugar?

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What has current Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam done about the latest onslaught of toxic algae as a direct result of the Lake Okeechobee drainage into the rivers, leading directly to Florida’s oceans? Why hasn’t Putnam addressed the many issues stemming from these dumps? Why is the lake laced with so much toxic algae? Some say this is a direct result of the Big Sugar corporations.

Between October and April sugar companies burn the leaves surrounding the sugar cane prior to harvesting. Ash rains down on the local communities and dark smoke in the air travels for miles leaving a strong odor and a burning sensation in local residents’ eyes. Imagine the damage it does to local waterways, specifically Lake Okeechobee. The recent epidemic of dead sea life washing ashore in Southwest Florida has impacted the local communities who are suffering breathing issues and creating a loss of tourism, causing residents to suffer physically and financially.

Putnam, a career politician, is backed by Big Sugar. Florida Grown, Putnam’s political committee, has raised $470,000 from U.S. Sugar Corporation alone over the last three years, according to financial records on the committee’s website, with other sugar-affiliated organizations also donating hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Dubbed “Algae Adam”, Putnam has opposed efforts to clean Florida’s waterways. According to Democratic Governors Association, “As Agriculture Commissioner, Putnam backed a water bill that gutted water quality regulations and assigned only eight staffers to manage the 3.5 million acres north of Lake Okeechobee.” The DGA attacks continued, “As both Agriculture Commissioner and a gubernatorial candidate, Putnam has been “oblivious” to toxic algae and instead chosen to embrace policies that would only cause more pollution. Floridians can expect more of the same if Adam Putnam ends up in the Governor’s mansion.”

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Putnam’s 2016 water bill titled Florida Senate Bill 552was rushed through Florida legislature. The bill eliminated requirements to measure or limit pollution into the lake. This, in essence, allows any organization contributing contaminators into the waterways to not be held accountable. Lake Okeechobee is a breeding ground for bacteria including fecal matter, excess fertilizer runoff and other toxins. Putnam refuses to address his relationship with Big Sugar and has done little to touch on the issue of Lake O algae bloom, simply congratulating Governor Rick Scott on the approval of a new reservoir project to store more water south of Lake O.

The latest outbreak of toxic blue-green algae bloom on Florida coastlines tells a tragic story. In recent months, there has been an increase in the deaths of sea and wildlife, including manatee, due to the effects of the algae blooms that presents itself as a thick green slush. The increase in the outbreaks often happens in concurrence with the draining of Lake O.

U.S. Representative for Florida’s Sixth District Ron DeSantis, Putnam’s primary competitor in the Florida gubernatorial race, supports fixing the toxic algae bloom in Florida waterways.

DeSantis was one of only three Florida state representatives who in May voted for an amendment that would effectively reform Big Sugar by eliminating production limits (inflating sugar costs for growers), allowing the Department of Agriculture to increase sugar imports and end sales of surplus to ethanol producers. Big Sugar corporations have since stopped donating to DeSantis.

In June, DeSantis, speaking at the GOP Sunshine Summit in Orlando, insisted that the next governor must address the issue of the Lake Okeechobee drainage that is causing so much damage to both Florida coasts. By opposing policies at the federal level that would directly affect Big Sugar, DeSantis

DeSantis has already received high praise and a full endorsement from President Trump.

Who will you support in the Florida gubernatorial primary? If your hope is for Florida Big Sugar to clean up its act and stop the damage to Florida waterways, Algae Adam wouldn’t even be on the list of contenders for Florida Governor.

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Pelosi is Emboldened by Coronavirus Bailout, Vows to Dupe Republicans Harder Next Time

The Democrats’ socialist agenda is winning big during the coronavirus panic.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) pulled the wool over the eyes of President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans with last week’s $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. The disaster relief money was earmarked for many liberal pet projects, and Pelosi aims to do the same thing for the next round of bailouts.

She said on Monday that House Democrats are already preparing another massive stimulus bill, using the coronavirus pandemic to enact more socialism. She is likely to include massive infrastructure spending and serious government intervention into the health care markets in the upcoming legislation.

“Our first bills were about addressing the emergency. The third bill was about mitigation. The fourth bill would be about recovery. Emergency, mitigation, recovery,” Pelosi said during a conference call.

“I think our country is united in not only wanting to address our immediate needs — emergency, mitigation, and the assault on our lives and livelihoods — but also, how we recover in a very positive way,” she added.

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Republican leaders are up in arms about how Pelosi is exploiting a crisis to get her partisan agenda muscled through Congress, but it is unclear if they have the courage to actually stop her.

“They’re approaching it — it seems like — as an opportunity to pass their political and ideological agenda. We’re approaching it as, ‘How do we protect the public health and our economy?’ And those are pretty divergent goals,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said.

Pelosi is eager to exploit the coronavirus crisis quickly and use the panic and fear in the public as an excuse to massively increase government spending and control.

“I do think that it is really important that as soon as we are here, we are ready to pass legislation,” she said.

President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans did Pelosi’s bidding when they moved forward a $2 trillion bailout bill that included funding for liberal policy goals that had nothing to do with the coronavirus.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) sounded the alarm over the sham and attempted to get Congress to actually deliberate and vote on the bill. It instead passed on a voice vote with most legislators sequestered away from Washington D.C.

Massie’s principled stand against Pelosi’s profligate spending bill earned him a tongue lashing from President Trump, who now wants Massie replaced in Congress because he’s too conservative.

With no Republicans seemingly willing to stand up against Pelosi, there will likely be more bailout socialism on the way as the Democrats use coronavirus for their far-left power grabs.

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