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Darryl Paulson: Donald Trump goes a-courting

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On May 18, 2016, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump releases a list of 11 judges that he would “most likely” use to select his appointees to the Supreme Court. The list of 11 names included 11 whites and eight males. Six of the 11 were appointees of George W. Bush, and the other five are currently serving on their states’ supreme court. The average age of the potential nominees is 50, compared to the average age of 68.75 on the…

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St. Pete considers resolution urging U.S. Senate vote on Supreme Court nominee

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Council Chairwoman Amy Foster have introduced a resolution urging the U.S. Senate to perform its Constitutional duty and hold a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. The resolution specifically calls for the Senate to schedule a hearing on Garland’s appointment, hold a confirmation vote and work “on behalf of the people of the United States to ensure that the vacancy on the Supreme Court is filled without undue and unnecessary delay so that…

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Mark Bircher says he wouldn’t be running if he didn’t think he could win CD 13

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Florida’s Congressional 13 seat based in Pinellas County has received a lot of attention in recent years. The special election to replace the late C.W. Bill Young in 2014 was one of the most expensive congressional elections in U.S. history. And after the Florida Supreme Court ordered the state Legislature to redraw the district last year which resulted in a more Democratic-friendly district, incumbent David Jolly announced he was ditching it to run for the U.S. Senate, while former Governor Charlie Crist…

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Kathy Castor, other Democratic activists call on GOP Senate to give Merrick Garland a vote

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Tampa-St. Petersburg Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor and three other Democratic activists stood in front of the steps of the U.S. Federal Courthouse on Tuesday with a simple message for Marco Rubio and the rest of the Republican Senate regarding Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. “We are here to ask Senator Marco Rubio to please do his job – it’s his constitutional requirement to fill these vacancies, and we ask that they do so,” said Susan McGrath from the Florida Consumer…

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Todd Wilcox and David Jolly clash early and often during Tiger Bay debate in Tampa

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Todd Wilcox was the early aggressor against David Jolly in the first one-on-one encounter between the two aspiring Florida Republicans for the U.S. Senate on Friday, but Jolly more than held his own in a spirited debate at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club. The two men are part of a field of five candidates running to succeed Marco Rubio in the what used to be called the world’s greatest deliberative body later this year. Manatee County developer Carlos Beruff, north Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis and Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera round out…

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Today on Context Florida: Replacing Scalia, Ronald Reagan, Florida’s seniors, student performance and Gasparilla Marathon

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Today on Context Florida: The already heated political rhetoric about replacing the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court is a sad spectacle. Bob Sparks called it “unseemly.” While he would personally agree with Republicans on the desire to have another brilliant originalist on the court, there will not be another Scalia anytime soon. No matter who is appointed, Sparks says, Democrats can take comfort in that reality. Ed Moore asks which GOP candidate is most like Ronald Reagan.…

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Today on Context Florida: Antonin Scalia, education improvement, computer coding, volunteerism and John Armstrong & AIDS

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Today on Context Florida: Mitch McConnell couldn’t even wait until Justice Antonin Scalia’s corpse was cold before exploiting his death for partisan politics, says Martin Dyckman. The oleaginous majority leader means to keep the seat empty, no matter the likelihood of that paralyzing the sharply divided Supreme Court for a year, on the chance that voters might elect a Republican president to appoint Scalia’s replacement. The people, he said, “should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court…

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