Bullsugar weekly update: Now it’s up to congress… and you

“It’s official: Congress has the legislation needed to cut off the flow of nutrient pollution and toxic blooms to our coasts. With your help, it can become law. Here’s what you need to know: What the legislation is and does: Called the Stop Harmful Discharges Act, HR 6700 … Click here to read more

Editorial: U.S. House should end sweet deal for Big Sugar

[UPDATE: Big Sugar wins again. A push to reform the sugar program was defeated in the House.] From The Tampa Bay Times: “Longstanding U.S. sugar policy pummels consumers and taxpayers in three ways: We subsidize growers, pay higher food prices and then pay even more for environmental damage sugar production causes in South Florida. The only winners are Big Sugar and the politicians who rake in its campaign cash.” To see who voted how … Click here to read more

Florida to get $12 billion for roads, bridges, transit

Tallahassee.com reports that “Florida will get nearly $12 billion to improve roads, bridges and transit systems over the next five years under a massive transportation bill that President Obama signed into law Friday … Click here to read more

Patrick Murphy’s odds improve in 2014 as he claims the center, works the district

From The Sunshine State News: “Despite being a Democrat, Murphy has shown no hesitation in breaking with the party on some key issues. Earlier this year, Murphy was one of the most prominent Democrats to call out the Obama administration for gutting Medicare Advantage to pay for Obamacare. This week, Murphy was one of only six Democrats in Congress voting to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt … Click here to read more

ABC News video: Florida Rep. Trey Radel to take leave of absence after cocaine charge

Florida Republican congressman Trey Radel (FL-19) will take a leave of absence from Congress after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession. Last month Radel co-hosted a congressional briefing on the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers with Representative Patrick Murphy (FL-18). … Click here to read more