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Today on Context Florida: An open letter to House Republicans, storm water, genetic predisposition for cancer and continual undeclared war

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Today on Context Florida: Daniel Tilson writes an open letter to Republicans in the Florida House: Word is, most of you are about to vote “Nay” and kill the Florida Senate’s healthcare bill that would insure hundreds of thousands of uninsured men and women stuck in the “Florida Coverage Gap.” Those are your fellow conservative Republican legislators who worked their butts off to craft and pass this legislation. They even came back at it three times to make it as conservatively charmed…

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Today on Context Florida: Floridian spending power, Franklin Graham, Escambia kids and Mark Foley

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Today on Context Florida: Presidential candidates talking about the national economy should be concerned with the spending power of the average Floridian, says Dale Brill. What Florida voters signal via the ballot box likely will be influenced by their weakening spending power and reactions to policies that offer viable solutions. How are Floridians doing? Let’s turn to the numbers. Trends across four indicators provide a starting point for conversations about the health of Florida’s economy: median household income; personal income per…

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Today on Context Florida: Tallahassee twerps, Crisafulli rants, family intrusions and stormwater

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Today on Context Florida: Florence Snyder says that Rep. Matt Gaetz isn’t the only Tallahassee twerp to publicly disrespect his elders and betters, but he’s the first in memory to be called to account in the court of public opinion. Gaetz is better known as a master of the Twitterverse, where he spends a lot of time burnishing his credentials as the Eric Cartman of the lower chamber. Speaker Steve Crisafulli criticized a recent Supreme Court finding that the House adjourning…

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Today on Context Florida: Richard Corcoran, Rick Scott, the RFRA and 9,071 years

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Today on Context Florida: Jack Stevenson says that if there were any doubt House Appropriations Chairman and Speaker-In-Waiting Richard Corcoran is a conservative crusader whose commitment to his principles leaves him indifferent to comity, convention and the nuances of legislative diplomacy, that doubt was laid to rest last week when he went on a rampage through the legislative china shop. Looks like Gov. Rick Scott wants to “keep working” past January 2018, writes Daniel Tilson. That is the inauguration of our…

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Today on Context Florida: Standardized testing, Witham Field, Orlando culture and technology & education

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Today on Context Florida: It is almost time to let the tilt-a-whirl of state standardized testing spin anew, says Shannon Nickinson. Escambia County students will soon begin Florida Standards Assessment testing in reading and mathematics. When students took the writing test earlier this month, technical problems caused the Escambia School District to suspend testing for three consecutive days. And the problems weren’t just in the Pensacola metro area. Districts all over the state reported similar problems. If you think that was…

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Former Florida Senate President W.D. Childers’ bribery conviction reversed

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A federal appeals court Tuesday reversed the bribery conviction of former Florida Senate President W.D. Childers, who was known as the Legislature’s “banty rooster” because of his feisty personality and short stature. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta issued the 2-1 ruling. The majority found Childers’ trial judge erred by excluding evidence that could have impeached the credibility of the prosecution’s star witness. The ruling came nearly a year after Childers, 76, was…

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Former Florida Senate President W.D. Childers’ bribery conviction reversed

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A federal appeals court Tuesday reversed the bribery conviction of former Florida Senate President W.D. Childers, who was known as the Legislature’s “banty rooster” because of his feisty personality and short stature. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta issued the 2-1 ruling. The majority found Childers’ trial judge erred by excluding evidence that could have impeached the credibility of the prosecution’s star witness. The ruling came nearly a year after Childers, 76, was…

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