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Today on Context Florida: Testy Cabinet, John Kirtley, Bernie Sanders and kids at the theater

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Today on Context Florida: Peter Schorsch talks about the testy process of choosing a new state Insurance Commissioner. Among the four top statewide officials, no one walked away a winner from last week’s battle. Neither Gov. Rick Scott nor CFO Jeff Atwater got the candidate he wanted, with both settling on the third name Atwater threw out at Friday’s emergency Cabinet meeting, David Altmaier. Interestingly enough, the process was a design that Atwater himself, a former lawmaker and Senate president, once…

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Today on Context Florida: School inequity, the working disabled, boss phishing and political posturing

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Today on Context Florida: Julie Delegal discusses school inequity in Florida, which is getting serious scrutiny on several fronts. Now is the time to take a good look at whether the changes we’ve endured — mass privatization, real-dollar funding decreases, high-stakes testing, and loss of local school board authority — gets us closer to carrying out our constitutional duty to our children. Meanwhile, the Legislature has all but completed its power-grab from local school districts with a new, inter-district, open-enrollment scheme,…

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Today on Context Florida: Solar regulation, rule of law, financial literacy and Apple & the FBI

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Today on Context Florida: Jim Kallinger and Dick Batchelor wrote in Context Florida last week that voters should support “Amendment 1,” which seeks to regulate solar energy in Florida. They disclose at the end of the article that they work for “Consumers for Smart Solar.” Julie Delegal reminds voters that they may not know “Consumers for Smart Solar” is a bankrolled front for Big Energy, which wants to control solar energy in Florida, and is looking to suppress competition from rooftop…

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Today on Context Florida: Rick Scott’s Starbucks scuffle, dueling videos and Hamlet of the ‘Handle

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Today on Context Florida: Jac VerSteeg confesses he was delighted when he first saw the viral video of a woman berating Gov. Rick Scott and the Gainesville Starbucks. It was better than a movie, he says, because it was something much rarer. It was authentic. It was the underdog venting in real life. Then he found out it was Cara Jennings. When VerSteeg looked at the video again, he recognized Cara, whom he had interviewed several times as an editorial writer…

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Today on Context Florida: Split custody law, restroom customs, prepared for kindergarten and adult trikes

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Today on Context Florida: The world runs on the unpaid and underpaid work of women, says Julie Delegal. Churches, schools, nonprofits, and many business offices would collapse without it. Florida Senate Bill 688 is a slap in the face to the men and women (mostly women) who choose to make themselves available to do the unpaid work of caring, freeing their partners to build breadwinning careers. Gov. Rick Scott should veto it now. The bill robs judges of discretion in divorces…

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Today on Context Florida: Donald Trump’s delegates, Northwood Centre, health benefits as pay and technology & privacy

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Today on Context Florida: To win the Republican nomination in 2016, a candidate must win 1,237 delegates. After the March 22 primaries, Darryl Paulson points out that Donald Trump has 739 delegates and needs another 498 to win. If no candidate has 1,237 delegates when the convention starts, it is considered to be a contested convention. If no one secures a majority during the first ballot, the convention becomes “brokered.” Statistician Nate Silver estimates that Trump will fall about 29 delegates…

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Today on Context Florida: Jeb Bush’s irrelevancy, grim fact of life, Donald Trump’s narcissism and drug abuse & kids

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Today on Context Florida: Jac VerSteeg wonders if Jeb Bush got up Wednesday and asked, “What can I do to complete my slide toward total irrelevancy?” … “I know. I’ll endorse Ted Cruz for president!” Talk about terrible timing, VerSteeg says. His endorsement, which echoed the earlier backing of Cruz by Mitt Romney, came just as Cruz had uttered one of the stupidest remarks concerning the horrible terrorist attacks in Brussels. Steve Schale points out that terrorism is a grim fact…

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