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Today on Context Florida: Agricultural subsidies, the gun lobby and middle class champions

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Today on Context Florida: Alan Farago says that for decades, conservatives have lamented federal subsidies in American farm policy. Strangely, the wailing falls silent south of the Georgia border. In Tallahassee, the glad-handing and back slapping by agriculture interests and supporters is ubiquitous. Farago adds that time to end implicit subsidies that enrich a few at the expense of many, which weaken environmental laws and protections that protect Floridians and future generations, is now. Eric Conrad is a Southern, white, gun-owning…

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Today on Context Florida: Charlie Crist, climate change and good news

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Today on Context Florida: While thinning files last week, Martin Dyckman came across one labeled “Crist” and wondered whether to dump it. After successive losses for the U.S. Senate and for governor again, hadn’t Charlie reached the end of the line, he thought. No, something will happen to bring him back. The next day, something did. On climate change adaptation, Alan Farago says the hour is very late. Only seven years ago the mainstream media began reporting the likelihood that warming temperatures…

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Today on Context Florida: Republican campaign, HB 1087, special interests and good leadership

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Today on Context Florida: Major Republican presidential contenders came to Orlando at the invitation of Gov. Rick Scott for an Economic Growth Summit, where the discussion was to be limited to economy and jobs. Seeing these candidates, or soon to be candidates, converging on Florida left Bob Sparks feeling a campaign for the Republican nomination is already under way. We can expect all of those TV and radio ads, campaign rallies and, yes, all of those phone calls, right? As ESPN’s…

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Today on Context Florida: Conservatives, evangelicals, Art Teele and dedicated doctors

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Today on Context Florida: Elections are complex organisms, with personalities, money, luck, strategy and a hundred other variables in play, says Diane Roberts. Some people who voted for Florida’s worst governor also voted for the best initiative in decades, Amendment 1. Are they “conservatives”? No. Some just don’t get it: never underestimate the power of sheer slack-jawed cluelessness. But just as everybody with a blog can now call herself a journalist, anybody can redefine words like “conservative,” and to hell with…

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Today on Context Florida: Media fail, Rick Scott & simplicity, Congress pay and thyroid cancer

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Today on Context Florida: Since the media have failed miserably in their once valuable watchdog role of spotlighting new military interventions under President Obama, Henry Kelley says it’s laughable to now watch them fret with deep concern over the Republican responses to crappy hypothetical questions. Simplicity is always in season for some politicians, notes Daniel Tilson. Cherry-picking what information to share with the public is part and parcel of how some of our most powerful elected officials – Gov. Rick Scott,…

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Today on Context Florida: End of Crist, Death Mermaid, Sunshine Week and censorship

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Today on Context Florida: The era of Charlie Crist has come to an end, says Peter Schorsch. Crist, the man who has been on a statewide general ballot six times since 1998 took to Facebook to say “no mas.” And while he may one day again run for office, his time at the center of Florida politics is officially over. When the Death Mermaid shows up, Diane Roberts warns to pay attention. Last week the Mermaid materialized at the South Florida…

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Florida environmentalists slam New York Times’ Everglades story critical of Charlie Crist

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WUSF’s Scott Finn has a must-read report in response to a recent New York Times investigation questioned the price tag, environmental value and the politics of the deal with U.S. Sugar to restore the Everglades. But several environmental activists say the New York Times allowed itself to be used as a tool of Crist’s enemies. The headline on the New York Times website sums it up: “A Deal to Save the Everglades Could Rescue U.S. Sugar Instead.” The story has…

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