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They put Big Oil over clean beaches

Gov. Charlie Crist called the Legislature into special session today to place a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to ban oil drilling in state waters. Republican leaders don't want you to vote. They don't even want to let lawmakers vote on placing the amendment on the ballot. Why are these men choosing Big Oil over clean beaches?

Jeff Atwater
Senate president
Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, is running for chief financial officer. He wants your votes for statewide office, but he won't push the Senate to let you vote on oil drilling?

Mike Haridopolos
Incoming Senate president
Haridopolos, R-Melbourne, supported more drilling before the BP spill and pushed to lift the ban in state law. Now he has switched positions. How can voters be sure he won't switch again after the election?

Larry Cretul
House speaker
Cretul, R-Ocala, refused to listen to pleas to change the teacher tenure bill, which Crist vetoed. Now he's not listening on oil drilling. He's not seeking re-election. Will lawmakers stand up to the lame duck?

Dean Cannon
Incoming House speaker
Cannon, R-Winter Park, was a strong drilling advocate and passed a bill last year to lift the ban in state law. He says he won't try again. So why does he oppose allowing voters to decide whether to put the ban into the Constitution?

They put Big Oil over clean beaches 07/19/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 6:45am]
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