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Don't let candidates put Iowa's special interests above Florida's

Don't let candidates put Iowa's special interests above Florida's

Forty-three days. That's how much later Florida's primaries are than Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses on Feb. 1, 2016. And that's why most presidential candidates are going out of their way to keep Iowa's special interests happy, even if it hurts hard-working Floridians in the process. One issue in particular stands out: the Renewable Fuel Standard. The RFS is a 2005 federal mandate that requires fuel refiners to blend biofuels — primarily corn-based ethanol — into gasoline. It's a big deal in Iowa, which produces much of the ethanol the rest of us are forced to use, despite higher costs and dubious benefits. The RFS amounts to a regressive gas...

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