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Today on Context Florida: Stealing land and water money, repairing death penalty, Donald Trump and Tampa’s dangerous sidewalks

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Today on Context Florida: All political power is inherent in the people; that’s what the Florida Constitution says. Diane Roberts guesses most Florida legislators have never read it. Either that or they don’t give a good goddamn. For the second year in a row, they are misappropriating — stealing, in plain English — your money, the money you said to use for protecting Florida’s land and water. Julie Delegal says the Florida Senate has an opportunity to repair the state’s death…

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Today on Context Florida: Sober rhetoric, public records, Florida ports and losing youth

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Today on Context Florida: Chris Timmons calls for sober rhetoric to produce better government. Several weeks ago, business mogul and presidential candidate Donald Trump pledged to “kick the hell of ISIS.” During the New Hampshire primaries, Trump called his fellow presidential contender Ted Cruz “a pussy.” You notice a problem here, Timmons asks. There has been a devolving standard of public substance and decorum. In private, we can expect politicians to use salty, often abrasive language. No one ever said President…

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Today on Context Florida: Clinton’s speaking fees, forfeiture laws, fixing prisons and technical skills

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Today on Context Florida: Madeline Albright and Gloria Steinem need to stop obsessing about young women who won’t vote for Hillary Clinton, says Martin Dyckman. There’s a better use for their time and energy if they want her to be elected president. That’s to take Clinton by the shoulders, shake her until her teeth rattle, and scream into her ear, “Who do you think you are? Marie Antoinette?” But here’s what Clinton did say when asked why she took $675,000 from…

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Today on Context Florida: Abortions, climate change, HIV/AIDS and the next digital threat

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Today on Context Florida: Republicans in the Florida Legislature are poised to create more damaging, expensive, unconstitutional laws that could take years to undo in the courts, says Julie Delegal. They’ve done it with the death penalty. They’ve done it with their drug-testing-without-cause laws for poor people. They’ve done it, most profligately, with their gerrymandered maps. And they could do it again with a bill that, if passed, would ban nearly all abortions in Florida. During his visit to the United…

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Today on Context Florida: Florida abortions, death row inmates, welfare for the rich and National School Choice Week

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Today on Context Florida: Diane Roberts warns that Legislature’s Banana Republicans will not rest until Florida starts to be like El Salvador — minus the delicious pupusas, that is. Abortion is illegal in El Salvador — no exceptions for rape, incest or the life of the mother. Anyone who has an abortion, anyone who performs an abortion, can be jailed for murder. Uber-Baptist Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Misogyny Heights, figures El Salvador’s got it about right, Roberts says. His HB 865…

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Today on Context Florida: Ted Cruz eligibility, state Senate maps, recreational marijuana and Florida’s competitive future

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Today on Context Florida: Martin Dyckman asks the question that needs to be resolved in 2016: is Ted Cruz eligible to be president? Waking today, Rip Van Winkle would behold the scary sight of Donald Trump, a pompous ass, racist demagogue and a shameless liar, duking it out with a senator, Ted Cruz, who is so disliked and distrusted by his own party that no GOP governor or colleague will endorse him. Most people with an opinion on the matter say…

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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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