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Many Floridians of note deserve U.S. Capitol honor

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Florida had been a state for less than a century when it came time to honor famous citizens with two statues at the U.S. Capitol, and there were few plausible candidates. Dr. John Gorrie, the physician who invented mechanical refrigeration – imagine modern Florida without it – was an outstanding choice. But from today’s perspective, Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith is a head-scratcher. Let 2016 be the year the Legislature finally retires him. Smith’s historical distinction was to command Rebel…

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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: Selma & LeRoy Collins, voting rights, honeybees and educational icebergs

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Today on Context Florida: State troopers, sheriff’s deputies savagely attacked voting rights marchers at Selma, Ala., with clubs, tear gas and cattle prods on March 7, 1965; Martin Dyckman says two great Americans rushed to the city to try to take command of the perilous situation. One was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., determined to lead a second march — regardless of the consequences — two days later. The other was former Florida Gov. LeRoy Collins, President Lyndon Johnson’s civil rights…

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‘Intergrity’ cited as the trait Floridians most value in their leaders

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The single secret to success and victory for political candidates in Florida’s most important election in modern history may come down to one simple but elusive character trait: Integrity. According to new findings by the Leadership Florida/Nielsen Company 2010 Sunshine State Survey, released today, 48% of those polled (10 points more than last year’s survey) cited “integrity” as the trait Floridians most value in their leaders and in those who want to serve in leadership. This is four times more than…

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‘Intergrity’ cited as the trait Floridians most value in their leaders

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The single secret to success and victory for political candidates in Florida’s most important election in modern history may come down to one simple but elusive character trait: Integrity. According to new findings by the Leadership Florida/Nielsen Company 2010 Sunshine State Survey, released today, 48% of those polled (10 points more than last year’s survey) cited “integrity” as the trait Floridians most value in their leaders and in those who want to serve in leadership. This is four times more than…

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