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Bob Sparks: Entertainment industry adds to Florida’s economic menu

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For years Florida governors and legislators stressed the need to diversify Florida’s economy. A state’s financial well-being so heavily dependent upon tourism and agriculture is a disaster or recession away from economic calamity, they said. They, and their successors who toe the same line, are right. Resorts, parks and Fresh From Florida are great for our economy in so many ways, but our menu needs more entrees. Television, film and entertainment production will not drive an economy, but it pedals…

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Today on Context Florida: Child rights, Scott’s flip, diversification and Kim Gordon

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Today on Context Florida: Every child has the right to be loved, says Martin Dyckman. When will the Florida Senate recognize that, he wonders. Should child placement agencies licensed by or supported by the state be allowed to refuse foster care and adoption services that violate their “written religious moral convictions or policies”? To put the question another way, should gay applicants be turned away despite a landmark court decision affirming their rights to be parents? That’s what this legislation, CS…

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Today on Context Florida: Kobayashi Maru, people’s will, climate change & bananas and Hispanic entrepreneurs

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Today on Context Florida: Peter Schorsch discusses the Florida Senate race, ‘Star Trek’ and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy. James T. Kirk somehow manages to win the Kobayashi Maru, an unwinnable test. In 2014, a GOP landslide year and in a seat where Republicans outnumbered Democrats, Murphy didn’t squeak out a victory. He kicked the crap out of his opponent, earning nearly 60 percent of the vote. How did Murphy end up trouncing his GOP opponent in a GOP-leaning seat in a…

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Today on Context Florida: Primaries, Critical Wildlife Areas, assisted suicide and being different

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Today on Context Florida: Florida Republican legislators are waving the white flag, says Bob Sparks. The fight seems to be over. Peace is at hand. After two insurrections against Republican National Committee (RNC) mandates covering presidential primary dates, the Florida House and Senate are poised to make a wise decision to cease hostilities. Florida’s newest Critical Wildlife Area, a tiny bird island in the Indian River Lagoon near Sewall’s Point, has survived erosion, hurricanes and the curiosity of boaters and fishermen.…

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