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Today on Context Florida: Military power, needle exchange, Pledge of Allegiance and Autism Lab

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Today on Context Florida: Jac Wilder VerSteeg asks what to Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and some Florida lawmakers have in common. They’ve all said some pretty disturbing things recently about the use of military power. VerSteeg notes we should add Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to the list. Dr. Hansel Tookes notes that Florida has the highest rate of new HIV infections of any state in America. In addition, Miami-Dade and Broward counties are ranked first and second, respectively,…

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Today on Context Florida: Rules to live by, put up or shut up and microchipped credit cards

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Today on Context Florida: As Dr. Marc J. Yacht looks back on a life of “debauchery and sin, wild parties, fast women and fried foods,” he decided to consider adjusting his lifestyle to put him on the road to better health. His resolutions are simple: stop drinking, gambling, eating pizza with extra cheese, smoking four Churchill cigars a day, starting fights on the tennis court, and driving 80 miles per hour through the school zone. However, Yacht says he owes it…

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Today on Context Florida: Jeb Bush & stuff happens, libertarian fail and taxing “carried interest”

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Today on Context Florida: Jac Wilder VerSteeg discusses Jeb Bush’s “stuff happens” comment and his campaign’s reaction to the reaction. He gives a little advice on how to deal with questions about the Second Amendment the next time there’s a mass shooting – and there is bound to be another one he has to deal with between now and the election, assuming he’s not out of the race quickly: Before you speak, Jeb, imagine that you are in a room alone…

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Today on Context Florida: John Boehner the moderate, Trump v. Marco Rubio and summer reading

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Today on Context Florida: The moment Jac Wilder VerSteeg long feared has happened: House Speaker John Boehner is throwing in the towel, resigning not just the speakership, but also his seat in the House. What is the moment VerSteeg feared? When he will remember John Boehner as a “moderate.” Peter Schorsch says there is a right, smart way to take on Republican Marco Rubio and there is a dumb, ineffective way to challenge him. What we are seeing out of Donald…

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Today on Context Florida: Open government in West Palm, early education and ending the filibuster

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Today on Context Florida: Open government sustained a serious setback this month, writes Jac Wilder VerSteeg. For this, he says you can “thank” the city of West Palm Beach, along with West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio and spokesperson Elliot Cohen. The city – in response to public records requests – posted information online that revealed the names of several undercover officers, police informants and people who are the subjects of continuing criminal investigations. The posts contained information about local and…

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Today on Context Florida: Scott’s record of shame, Windows 10, hurricane gerrymandering and Lake Point

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Today on Context Florida: Diane Roberts tallies up Rick Scott’s scorecard of shame when it comes to the environment. Her personal favorite is the $174,078,574 in designated Amendment 1 money for salaries and overhead in the Department of Agriculture, DEP, FWC and the Department of State. The state is supposed to be paying salaries and insurance anyway, Roberts says, while pointing out that subsidizing the Department of Agriculture in its aiding and abetting of big polluters is just moronic. And contrary…

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Today on Context Florida: Tom Brady & the NFL union, Labor Day and Peter Schorsch responds

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Today on Context Florida: For Labor Day, Jac Wilder VerSteeg talks of that “poor, mistreated middle-class worker” Tom Brady. The NFL superstar, backed by the players union, overturned in federal court the four-game suspension NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had imposed for Brady’s role in Deflategate. Because his union rescued him, Brady and family will not find themselves penniless and on the streets. Today is our Labor Day, and Pat Fowler, like many others, received a peppy greeting of Happy Labor Day…

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