Articles by: Allie Preston

We already know who lost the CD-20 election: Big Sugar

January 9, 2022

In the Jan. 11 special election for the Congressional District 20 seat, we have a pretty good idea who’ll win. But we also know who won’t: Big Sugar. Democrat Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick is heavily favored in the left-leaning district, where she…

On #GivingTuesday, your support can help us fight for your right to clean water across Florida

November 30, 2021

At VoteWater we’ve got a new name and new leadership. But we’re dealing with the same old problem: Florida’s waters are in bad shape, and things are getting worse. Manatees are dying in droves as seagrass dies off, some of…

On #GivingTuesday, your donation to VoteWater is crucial

November 24, 2021

Giving Tuesday is a time when people around the world hope their dollars can make a difference. This year, your generosity can be a game-changer for Florida’s imperiled waters, and all who rely on them. Bullsugar.org is now VoteWater, and…

As of today, Bullsugar is officially VoteWater

November 19, 2021

As of today, Bullsugar is now officially VoteWater. The name change reflects our renewed commitment identifying and supporting candidates who’ll fight for clean water and stand up to the powerful interests that impede change. Until now our focus and our…

How sweet it is: Cherfilus-McCormick won without Big Sugar’s money

November 16, 2021

Big Sugar? Who needs ‘em? And who needs their money? Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick came out on top in the neck-and-neck race in the South Florida 20th Congressional District Democratic primary this month, edging Dale Holness by just five votes. Her win…

Change is afoot in the heart of Big Sugar country

November 3, 2021

It could take up to a week before we know whether Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick or Dale Holness prevailed in the Democratic primary in Florida’s 20th District. But while we don’t yet know who won, we do know who lost: Big Sugar.…

Hardy the clean water choice in U.S. House District 20

October 18, 2021

As Florida’s water crisis deepens, we need clean-water champions more than ever — elected officials willing to stand up to the powerful interests which for too long have thwarted real progress. Omari Hardy, a former state legislator running for the…

Florida Congressional Candidates Are Standing Up to Big Sugar

October 8, 2021

It’s no exaggeration to call this a tectonic shift in the district that is home to U.S. Sugar. Nine candidates pledge not to accept Big Sugar money. Traditionally, few Florida candidates or public officials on either side of the aisle…

When east fights west, Big Sugar wins

September 24, 2021

Earlier this year as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers considered options for its new Lake Okeechobee “playbook,” Florida’s east and west coasts stood united. Together they said: Damaging discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries must be curtailed.…

Omari Hardy was right about sugarcane burning

August 19, 2021

In April, then-state Rep. Omari Hardy did the right thing. As the Florida Legislature rammed through a new law expanding the “right to farm” — and indemnifying the powerful sugar industry from lawsuits related to sugarcane burning — Hardy stood…

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