Best of the Blogs: True Cost

Progress Florida Education Center’s Best of the Blogs for the week ending 8-22-14
Best of the Blogs is featured weekly as part of Progress Florida Education Center’s popular free Daily Clips service.

Big Sugar locks down Florida
By Gimleteye
Eye on Miami
The excellent investigative report by the Tampa Bay Times, exposing links between Florida’s top GOP politicians — including Gov. Rick Scott and Republican legislative leadership — Big Sugar and high cost, free hunting trips to the King Ranch in Texas show the extent to which the party of the “free market” freely undermines the ideals of its base: sugar is one of the most heavily protected industrial crops in America, enjoying vast subsidies including illegal (according to the Florida Constitution) subsidies for the costs of Everglades cleanup.

Americans For Prosperity visited my house today.
By Aimeehs
Daily Kos
This ‘grass roots’ organization, one of the many created by Charles and David Koch to further their political aims in controlling ‘our’ legislatures and ‘leaders’, visited my house today.

Orange County voters have a chance to win for working families – The fight for Earned Sick Time goes on
By Stephanie Porta
Florida Political Squeeze
Did you know that the U.S. is the only major industrialized country without a minimum paid sick leave requirement?

Wealth Inequality Is Now As Bad As It Was During The 1920s
By Bryce Covert
Think Progress
Most people know about income inequality: the gap in earnings between the 1 percent and the rest of us that has been growing steadily since the 1970s.

Clean Water Act rules under attack by Farm Bureau and Fla. Cong. Steve Southerland
By Sandspur
SWFWMD Matters
In a media release this morning, the Florida Conservation Coalition declared certain factions in Washington are trying to weaken federal clean water rules in a way that will have a negative impact on Florida’s waters.