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Today on Context Florida: 10 big questions, collaboration, teacher shortages and homelessness

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Today on Context Florida: Peter Schorsch answers 10 big questions Florida politics faced in the summer; before Donald Trump, that is. The questions include what does Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign rollout look like; Can Marco Rubio remain in the top tier of presidential candidates and is Florida ready for Hillary? Michael Preston asks if there any greater struggle between instructor and student than the dreaded “group assignment”? By working together, employees harness the power of multiple brains. Collaboration adds to the…

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Today on Context Florida: 10 political questions, gerrymandering and the Belle Glade people

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Today on Context Florida: The Florida Supreme Court has ruled the state’s congressional maps don’t meet requirements of a voter-approved constitutional amendment prohibiting political lines drawn to favor incumbents or political parties. The court ordered the Legislature to redraw the maps. Peter Schorsch discusses 10 big questions looming over Florida politics, including: Will the Legislature appeal; what’s the timetable to redraw the lines; who’s driving the redistricting train and who will be hurt more by the decision, Gwen Graham or David…

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Today on Context Florida: squandering taxpayer money, short-term failure and Robert Avossa

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Today on Context Florida: Diane Roberts writes that there is little doubt you’re wondering what new ways Florida’s alleged leaders have found to squander taxpayer money, suck up to the rich and further foul Florida’s environment. Well, prepare to be impressed, she says: The Rick Scott administration is suing the feds for trying to protect rivers and wetlands. Why should water get special rights, Roberts asks. Does water think it’s gay or something? According to Jeff Kottkamp and Rich Ramos, the…

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Today on Context Florida: Bridging divides, energy & economy and Robert Avossa

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Today on Context Florida: Shannon Nickinson says we should bridge our divides to make America stronger. Flags of the Confederacy — from the “Rebel flag” to the “Stars and Bars” — are a painful fissure, a wound we worried every day we allowed it to fly on public property. “Celebrating” heritage that was largely built on oppression and hate is nothing to be happy about. It is a truth we white folks may not like to acknowledge, but it is true…

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Today on Context Florida: Health care regret, hate groups, ‘be nice’ and more than a number

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Today on Context Florida: Republicans who have left no stone unturned in efforts to crush Obamacare are having second thoughts as they realize 6.4 million could lose their health insurance, says Marc Yacht. The chaos created by such action lies at the feet of conservative Republicans and the ultimate cost at the polls is yet to be determined. It brings up the adage, “Be careful what you want; you may get it!” The murder of a pastor and eight parishioners in their…

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Today on Context Florida: Long hot Florida summer, fix-it plans, semester goodbyes and the truth

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Today on Context Florida: With the special session imminently upon us, it is only a warm-up to what Peter Schorsch says will be a hot political summer in Florida. He ponders 10 questions that will shape the immediate future for the state and – in some cases – the nation, including: What does Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign roll-out look like? Can Marco Rubio remain in the top-tier of presidential candidates? Is Florida ready for Hillary? Daniel Tilson says it’s time to…

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Today on Context Florida: Everglades water, anti-science politicians, flying a horse and racism

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Today on Context Florida: Former Martin County commissioner Maggy Hurchalla, in a speech to the Tropical Audubon Centennial on April 26, said that anyone willing to say “climate change” out loud knows that if we don’t send the water south from Lake Okeechobee that used to flow south through the Everglades, that the Everglades National Park will die. Miami will lose its drinking water aquifer. The coastal estuaries east and west of Lake Okeechobee will die. Marc Yacht finds it amusing…

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