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Today on Context Florida: Open primaries, Mac Stipanovich, Hurricane Wilma & Key West and EULAs

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Today on Context Florida: Voters will still have plenty of choices without resorting to open primaries, says Bob Sparks. Advocates for open primaries say it is not fair for Republicans and Democrats to exclusively choose their own party’s nominees. They believe the Socialist Party or the Libertarian Party, for example, should be able to help decide the nominees of the major parties. They also want those who register with No Party Affiliation (NPA) to participate. It must be made clear that…

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Today on Context Florida: Cabinet meeting drama, Carly Fiorina, David Jolly and reproductive freedom

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Today on Context Florida: Monday’s Cabinet meeting was nothing like any of the other meetings. It was dramatic, intense, awkward, and anticlimactic — all at the same time. After four interviews by candidates for the post of Insurance Commissioner, Gov. Rick Scott read from a prepared statement and moved to appoint Jeffrey Bragg—a man whose legal eligibility for the job continues to be murky, and who is reported to have misled investors in a private sector position. The silence was deafening, reports Peter Schorsch.…

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Today on Context Florida: Radical GOP demagogues, Corinne Brown, saving animals and protecting business from ransomware

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Today on Context Florida: Wisconsin’s primary doesn’t mean that Ted Cruz will be the Republican nominee, but Martin Dyckman says it does make it more likely that the party convention will make old-timers forget the Democrats’ brawl in 1968. Donald Trump won’t be the only raging bull at Cleveland. Cruz will be smashing the china also, refusing to be merely a foil for Trump. Both are radical demagogues. In some ways Trump is the less dangerous one. His only consistent ideology…

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Today on Context Florida: Jupiter police blotter, Pam Bondi & climate change, corporate child abuse and when the bad voices win

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Today on Context Florida: Donald Trump’s campaign manager is now part of the Jupiter, Florida police blotter, says Bob Sparks. His victim, according to the probable cause affidavit, is a battered and bruised former reporter for the conservative Breitbart News. Corey Lewandowski and Michelle Fields were not household names before this avoidable public spectacle. If the cable news outlets and bloggers have their way, the video capturing the incident will loop over and over again. As all of this plays out,…

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Today on Context Florida: The case against Donald Trump, Hobson’s choice, Cuban political prisoners and Mark McKinnon

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Today on Context Florida: Darryl Paulson makes the case against Donald Trump. Paulson has been a Republican and a conservative his entire life, not an easy feat as a university professor, and he will never vote for Trump. Among the reasons, Paulson says Trump is neither conservative nor Republican, and his political views are much more aligned with Democrats than the GOP. And that’s not the most important reason. Bob Sparks says the Republican establishment is facing a serious quandary; essentially…

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Today on Context Florida: I’ve got a (political) secret, Donald Trump & Paul Ryan, Pam Bondi and Kansas

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Today on Context Florida: Thanks to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Martin Dyckman says the campaign for president has become in part a bizarre version of the old celebrity game show, “I’ve Got a Secret.” This time, however, we know what secrets are being kept. We just don’t know the details, or what devils may be in them. Clinton’s are the transcripts of those pricey Wall Street speeches. But that’s petty stuff compared to what may be in Trump’s income tax…

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Today on Context Florida: Ralph Nader, Donald Trump, Salt Shaker Test, Bernie Sanders and budget turkeys

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Today on Context Florida: Some blamed hanging chad, others confusing ballots, but Peter Schorsch says the man many Democrats blame for Al Gore’s 537-vote defeat in Florida is Ralph Nader. Never mind those butterfly ballots that may have led to thousands of inadvertent votes for Pat Buchanan in Palm Beach County, nor the exit polls that showed more of his supporters would flock to George W. Bush than Gore. Bush’s 2000 victory was Nader’s fault. Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s acerbic speaking style on the campaign trail rankles…

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