TAMPA BAY TIMES: New Governor Ron DeSantis, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried no friends of Big Sugar

Tampa Bay Times: Written by Craig Pittman. November 26, 2018.

Florida's sugar growers have long been one of the most politically powerful industries in the state, with dozens of friendly politicians creating or blocking laws to benefit its bottom line.

But the 2018 election is likely to leave a sour taste in Big Sugar's mouth.

Now that the recount's results have been certified, Florida will have a governor and an agriculture commissioner who are not exactly friendly to sugar. Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and Agriculture Commissioner-elect Nikki Fried were both opposed by sugar interests, but won anyway.

Environmental groups are hoping that despite being from different parties (DeSantis is a pro-Trump Republican, Fried a pro-marijuana Democrat), the pair will team up to take on the sugar industry.

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