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Today on Context Florida: Marco Rubio, education bang-for-buck, unlikely alliances, OMG moments and the Salt Shaker Test

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Today on Context Florida: Marco Rubio poses as a national security expert. Perhaps among the Republican contenders, he’s the closest thing they’ve got. In which case, Jac VerSteeg says, God help us all. A Washington Post story over the weekend indicates that Rubio’s interest in national security was just a pose from the beginning. As a rising star in the Florida House, Rubio lobbied hard for a spot on an elite committee to frame the state’s response to 9/11. Then, “He…

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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: Valentine’s Day advice, open carry legislation, oil and gas regulation, Martin County and Hillary Clinton

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Today on Context Florida: Catherine Durkin Robinson imparts some Valentine’s Day guidance for kids – who won’t listen anyway. Despite the appearance that (on some level) she appears to know what she’s doing, Robinson insists she does not like to give advice, but she gives it a shot anyway. Tuesday night’s New Hampshire primary election revealed the mood of the small state’s electorate. Polls show that in many of the remaining primary and caucus states, voters in both parties are unhappy…

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Today on Context Florida: Sleaziness & sunshine, to-do lists, lobbyists and Montclair Elementary

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Today on Context Florida: Legislators in Tallahassee do not think you should trouble your pretty little heads over what they’re doing with your money, says Diane Roberts. The governor agrees. On Tuesday, he held a secret confab with his “Dumb and Dumber” co-star, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, now lobbying for a dubious dental corporation. Perry didn’t register as a lobbyist — a violation of ethics law, Roberts says — until nearly four hours after the fact, and the meeting did…

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Today on Context Florida: Florida’s Fifth District, pharmacies, Trump & Hitler, James Tracy and good NYEWS

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Today on Context Florida: Bob Sparks notes that former state Sen. Al Lawson revealed his intention last week to run for Congress in the newly configured 5th District. The announcement from Lawson, a Democrat from Tallahassee, puts in motion a chain reaction of events that will make this one worthy of attention. A case could be made for Lawson, Sparks says. The new district runs from Jacksonville to Gadsden County west of Tallahassee. As a former state senator, Lawson has represented…

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Today on Context Florida: Prayer & terror, embracing Trump, Smart Justice and the Hour of Code

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Today on Context Florida: Bob Sparks discusses the importance of thoughts and prayers in the wake of the terror attacks Nov. 13 in Paris and Dec. 2 in San Bernardino. It is a sorry state of affairs, he says, when a terrorist attack causes liberals to forget who did the killing. Wayne LaPierre and those praying for the dead are not responsible for it. That belongs to Farook and Malik, and those who support them. As Donald Trump’s vote share has…

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Today on Context Florida: Another day in America, “God isn’t fixing this” and Trump enablers

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Today on Context Florida: Just another day in the United States of America: “Another day of gunfire, panic and fear. This time in the city of San Bernardino in California, where a civic building was apparently under attack.” That, says Martin Dyckman, was the voice, tinged with sorrow and shock, of a BBC reporter describing yet another day in America. Just another year in America, whose homicide rate of 5 per 100,000 is the third highest among the 36 member nations…

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