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Today on Context Florida: Government dysfunction, Florida’s infrastructure and crude oil

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Today on Context Florida: A less-than-Special Session cost citizens nearly 700 grand, Rick Scott’s legal bills are now north of $1.5 million, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has issued more bear hunting permits than there are bears, and there is a big storm aiming for the Gulf of Mexico. Diane Roberts says that in Florida, government dysfunction is the house style. Florida depends on safe, efficient transportation to accommodate a growing population and about 100 million tourists who flock here…

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Diane Roberts skewers ruling class during Tallahassee talk

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Writer, international scholar, FSU English professor, opinion columnist and environmentalist Diane Roberts entertained a crowd of North Florida Democrats Tuesday evening with her incisive wit and pointed observations about the state of Florida and its leaders. Referring to herself as “that professor conservatives warn you about,” Roberts let fly a quiverful of bon mots as she skewered the Legislature, “they argue like kindergartners”; Rick Scott, “Could you screw up any worse? Oh yeah, the governor”; and global warming deniers, “If…

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Today on Context Florida: Political tantrums, stone-age Bush and energy & national security

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Today on Context Florida: They stamp their feet, scream until they’re sick, and hold their breath till they’re blue. Diane Roberts says Tallahassee lawmakers act like 5-year-olds caught with their grotty little paws in the cookie jar, swearing they didn’t do anything wrong. While all the other political kids get to have fun lying and money-grubbing, poor little legislators they have to stay in, doing homework they refused to do earlier: drawing congressional districts that “sorta-maybe-almost” fairly represent the people of…

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Today on Context Florida: Salt Shaker, weird Republicans, do polls matter and suspect vetoes

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Today on Context Florida: Steve Vancore applies the Salt Shaker Test to recently released findings from a poll showing strong support for two statewide ballot initiatives being proposed in Florida. The first is John Morgan’s second take on medical marijuana and the other is a $10.00 per hour minimum wage being offered by a group known as “League of Voters, Extraordinaire.” Maybe it’s the excitement of the upcoming candidate debate, the influence of Pluto, or the infernal heat, but Diane Roberts…

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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: AIF & Amendment 1, the Pope & politics and bureaucracies

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Today on Context Florida: In Tallahassee, there was no shortage of opinions spend the money voters approved for Amendment 1. Throughout the debate, Brewster Bevis of the Associated Industries of Florida says some have tried to hold our lawmakers to an arbitrary standard, arguing for tens of millions of dollars for land-buying that the state doesn’t need and taxpayers simply cannot afford. Thankfully, cooler heads in our state’s representative branch of government have prevailed. There’s a reason your mama told you…

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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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