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Today on Context Florida: Revisiting the Daisy ad, Tallahassee Takeaways, political ads and idiocy in full Florida bloom

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Today on Context Florida: Martin Dyckman asks if it’s time to resurrect the Daisy ad. For those unfamiliar with it, the Daisy ad is considered the most effective political spot ever filmed. The spot begins with a precious little girl pulling petals from a flower, counting them imperfectly. It segues to a man’s harsh voice counting down from 10. The child’s face dissolves into the hideous sight and sound of an H-bomb test. “These are the stakes,” says another voice —…

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Diane Roberts: Yale tells Rick Scott it’s not ready to swap ivy for kudzu

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It’s springtime! and idiocy is in full Florida bloom. The state Supreme Court just ruled that a disingenuous and dissembling solar energy initiative is good to go on this November’s ballot. The proposed amendment, “masquerading as pro-solar” (in the words of dissenting justice Barbara Pariente), is sponsored by utility companies. Yes, utility companies, those nice people who charge the taxpayers for power plants they may not even build, those great environmentalists who want solar about as much as you want…

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Today on Context Florida: Republicans don’t think – they believe, high-stakes elections, America at a crossroads and tanning beds

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Today on Context Florida: Florida GOP voters don’t want to think, says Diane Roberts, they just want to believe. Rick Scott endorsed his Soul Brother, but only after that big Florida Primary win. Scott signaled his man-crush back in January, writing breathlessly for USA Today that Herr Drumpf reminds him of, well, him: wealthy, an “outsider,” a business hombre incensed over “endless and tedious regulation and taxation.” You know …  crap like the Clean Water Act. And the Voting Rights Act.…

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Today on Context Florida: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton and Florida’s flawed death penalty

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Today on Context Florida: Wake up Florida, says Ed Moore. Donald Trump is dangerous. More is taking one more swipe at Trump before the Florida primary, hoping (with all his heart) that fellow Floridians wake up Tuesday morning realizing they are being taken for a ride by one of the most negative people ever to seek public office. You might think our British friends would be too busy freaking out over the refugee crisis, their epochal June 23 referendum on whether…

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Today on Context Florida: Stealing land and water money, repairing death penalty, Donald Trump and Tampa’s dangerous sidewalks

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Today on Context Florida: All political power is inherent in the people; that’s what the Florida Constitution says. Diane Roberts guesses most Florida legislators have never read it. Either that or they don’t give a good goddamn. For the second year in a row, they are misappropriating — stealing, in plain English — your money, the money you said to use for protecting Florida’s land and water. Julie Delegal says the Florida Senate has an opportunity to repair the state’s death…

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Today on Context Florida: A kick in the ovaries, Trump & torture, public notice, Art Buchwald and Ralph Arza

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Today on Context Florida: For Valentine’s Day, what did the sweethearts in the Legislature give to the ladies of Florida? A swift kick in the ovaries, says Diane Roberts. Rep. Charles Van Zant’s HB 865 would shut down all abortion clinics, urge the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, and make abortion a felony. Zygotes are citizens, too. Normally (if that word can be used with regard to Florida government), his pet project would languish unheard and unloved. But…

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Today on Context Florida: Public records, forfeitures, scam artists, Key West housing and risks & reward

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Today on Context Florida: They call us the Sunshine State, but Diane Roberts says Florida’s government prefers to operate in the shadows. Like vampire bats, cockroaches and mold spores. If you can’t see what the government is doing, you can’t fight it. That explains the 74 public records exemption bills before the Legislature this session. Yes, Robert says, there are 74 new attacks on your right to know what’s going on. There’s CS/HB 905, the Matt Gaetz Mug Shot Relief Act,…

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