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Today on Context Florida: Secret Service protection, censorship not so bad, Smart Solar, alimony “reform” and the Pfizer squeeze

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Today on Context Florida: As Donald Trump moves ever closer to snagging the GOP nomination for U.S. president, Bob Driver says he will probably ask for — and receive — a high level of Secret Service protection. He may well need it. As the weeks pass, the political atmosphere is heating up to the point where “ugly” no longer describes what’s going on. Trump’s fans are many, and well may usher him into the White House. But the fact remains that…

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Today on Context Florida: Death penalty sentencing, education & society, bad ideas never die and changing party affiliation

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Today on Context Florida: Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Florida’s death penalty sentencing system, declaring that it violates defendants’ Sixth Amendment Rights to trial by jury. Hurst v. Florida is expected to prompt death penalty litigation by many death row inmates who were sentenced under the unconstitutional procedure. About 80 percent of the state’s death row inmates were sentenced to be executed after split, majority-only juries recommended that the trial judges impose the death penalty. The Supreme Court…

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Today on Context Florida: Wise Florida, the middle class and Foley Cellulose

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Today on Context Florida: Barry Jason Mauer poses a chicken-egg problem: Which comes first, the wise society or the wise citizenry? Florida’s society often was unwise in the past because of its entrenched racism. Arguably, it’s still unwise because it hasn’t learned from its history; many of Florida’s residents today know little or nothing about its racist history. An ignorant society is not a wise one. Tim Bryce asks if people truly understand the power of the middle class, they are…

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