State Capital Briefs: Tuesday, August 7, 2018
STATE CAPITAL BRIEFS (EVENING EDITION): TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018
August 7, 2018NSF Staff
DESANTIS, PUTNAM SQUARE OFF WEDNESDAY

Entering the final three weeks before the Aug. 28 primary election, Republican gubernatorial candidates Ron DeSantis and Adam Putnam will tangle Wednesday night in a televised debate in Jacksonville. DeSantis, a Northeast Florida congressman, and Putnam, the state agriculture commissioner, also debated in late June at the Republican Party of Florida’s “Sunshine Summit” in Kissimmee...

GREENE PLOWS MORE MONEY INTO GUBERNATORIAL BID

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Greene has poured at least $18.1 million into his campaign after entering the race in June, according to Greene’s latest finance report. Greene, a billionaire investor from Palm Beach, loaned $4.5 million to his campaign between July 21 and July 27, bringing the total to $18.1 million...

DUKE PITCHES $34.5 MILLION PLAN TO HALT POWER PURCHASES

Pointing to projected customer savings and environmental benefits, Duke Energy Florida is asking state regulators to approve a plan to spend $34.5 million to end electricity purchases from a Polk County power plant. Duke has an agreement to buy power from Ridge Generating Station, L.P. through 2023, according to a filing last week at the Florida Public Service Commission. But Duke said the agreement is “no longer cost-effective” for its customers and, as a result, wants to pay $34.5 million to terminate the agreement...