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Personnel note: Blake Dowling to become CEO of Aegis

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Tallahassee-based Aegis Business Technologies, one of Florida’s leading business technology companies, will soon be led by its current chief business development officer. The company announced Monday that Blake Dowling will step up to CEO on Sept. 1, replacing Pam Butler, who becomes chairman of the board. “Pam leaves big shoes to step into, but I’m proud that we’ll continue to be the beneficiary of her vision and experience as our board chairman,” Dowling said. “On the eve of our 20th anniversary, we are poised to…

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Blake Dowling: Kicked in the conch … Bimini, part 2

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In early 2016, I wrote a column for Florida Politics.com about the island of Bimini, which is located in the Bahamas about 50 miles from Miami. Hemingway wrote some books there, Gary Hart got busted for some shenanigans there, it is a small fishing village with some seriously cool spots to check out. Nature, watering holes, possible site of Atlantis, the Bermuda Triangle, conch, rum, etc. I put together a piece intended to be a technology column. In the end,…

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Today on Context Florida: Picking our presidents, our half-right campaign, Time’s 100 Most Influential and online buying patterns

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Today on Context Florida: Now that Donald Trump is nearing the number of delegates necessary to assure him the Republican Party nomination and super delegates all but guarantee Hillary Clinton the Democratic nod, the 2016 presidential race is set. Are you excited about the choice? Steven Kurlander bets you are not. “Annoyed” is more like it. It’s a sure bet the next person you ask is not happy either. While many Americans are distressed about the choice, Kurlander says they also…

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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: Radical GOP demagogues, Corinne Brown, saving animals and protecting business from ransomware

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Today on Context Florida: Wisconsin’s primary doesn’t mean that Ted Cruz will be the Republican nominee, but Martin Dyckman says it does make it more likely that the party convention will make old-timers forget the Democrats’ brawl in 1968. Donald Trump won’t be the only raging bull at Cleveland. Cruz will be smashing the china also, refusing to be merely a foil for Trump. Both are radical demagogues. In some ways Trump is the less dangerous one. His only consistent ideology…

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Today on Context Florida: Marco Rubio’s failure, Credit Education Month, Apple versus the FBI and Key West bus parking

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Today on Context Florida: The most common formulation for political failure in a presidential campaign is this: It was too little, too late. But in the case of Marco Rubio, Peter Schorsch says it was too little, too soon. Rubio withdrew from the presidential race Tuesday, another patch of bloodstained pavement on Trump Boulevard. Our self-described favorite son managed to lose 66 of the 67 counties in Florida to a bloated, orange buffoon with genetically engineered hair. How did Rubio achieve…

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