Best of the Blogs: Under Wraps

Progress Florida Education Center’s Best of the Blogs for the week ending 8-1-14
Best of the Blogs is featured weekly as part of Progress Florida Education Center’s popular free Daily Clips service.

The Secrets of Crony Capitalism: Will Miami-Dade citizens get up and out and vote?
By Gimleteye
Eye On Miami
There couldn’t be a sharper contrast between lands leased by US Sugar in Texas – 30,000 acres – to secretly entertain Florida’s top GOP politicians and the secret 11,000 acres owned by FPL in South Dade, where nature is subverted to the hum of two nuclear reactors.

Climate Change in Florida – Threat from Below
By Cathy Harrelson
Gulf Restoration Network
In the U.S., we’ve seen year after year of record high temperatures, droughts in Texas, massive storms and surges, shifting plant zones and loss of species diversity.

Hypocrisy and Cronyism in the ‘Sunshine’ State
By Brian Holton Henderson
CleanEnergy Footprints
If the rhetoric is to be believed, Florida is a bountiful garden of sustainable energy production.

Inauthentic Conservatism At Work in Republican Lawmaker’s Mandate to See D’Souza Movie
By Bob Sikes
Scathing Purple Musings
It’s not hard to sense that Tampa Bay Times reporter Jeff Solochek doesn’t think much of Sen. Alan Hays (R-Umatilla) bill which would mandate Florida students see what the editors describe in the headline as a “conservative, patriotic” movie.

Court Upholds Florida Law That Punishes Doctors For Talking About Guns
By Nicole Flatow
Think Progress
Several years ago, the American Medical Association advised doctors to ask their patients about firearms and “educate patients to the dangers of firearms to children” in the name of public health.