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Today on Context Florida: A memorable year for black America, KISS and combating fraud

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Today on Context Florida: With the passage of 2015, Chris Timmons notes that it was a memorable year in black America. From Michael Brown to Eric Garner to Sandra Bland to Tamir Race, the story of police brutality remained a constant in the news, a story more complex than either Fox News or the Black Lives Matter movement would have us believe. There was also Bill Cosby’s fall from grace, the thwarted redemption of NFL player Ray Rice and the rise…

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Today on Context Florida: 2015 disappointments, black universities and holiday newsletters

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Today on Context Florida: Few will disagree that 2015 was a particularly fertile political year, one that produced a bumper crop of political disappointments, says Peter Schorsch. That’s what we get when the Legislature meets yeah I would say almost unceasingly in Special Session because it cannot agree on much of anything. Of course, the key word in this analysis is “disappointing.” One cannot disappoint if they were not held in some regard beforehand. Schorsch offers his list of the year’s…

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Today on Context Florida: Jesse Panuccio, the Great Divide and a future in politics

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Today on Context Florida: Chris Timmons discusses why it is important to note the resignation of Jesse Panuccio as director of the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). Newspapers and blogs have pronounced him a “trusted” adviser of Gov. Rick Scott, who is increasingly becoming less autocratic and opening up to the possibility that the Legislature is a coequal branch of government. He had to get rid of his most “trusted” advisers and “catalyst” for all that is emblematic of his…

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Today on Context Florida: Thanksgiving edition

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Today on Context Florida: For Thanksgiving, Chris Timmons reminds us, as Americans, to remember the gratitude for what we have: We still are the richest country in the world; we still do enormous good in global hotspots with our military presence; we still are the most generous country in the world. We can still revive an ideal of this country as free, fair-minded, tolerant, productive, gainful to all and generous. We can never attain it, Timmons says, if we forget the…

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Today in Context Florida: Rick Scott’s xenophobia, Wild West family and No Party Affiliation voters

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Today on Context Florida: The governor of Florida has permanently foreclosed the possibility that people will ever take him as anything other than a fool, says Chris Timmons. Gov. Rick Scott says it would be dangerous for Florida to accept 425 (though that is, in fact, unknown but Scott clings to it) Syrian refugees because of the recent attacks in Paris by jihadists (though these jihadists are European nationals). Scott’s kind of xenophobia is not unusual, Timmons adds. Thanksgiving is a…

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Today on Context Florida: Fantasy sports, Rick Scott’s lone success and Missouri protests & the First Amendment

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Today on Context Florida: Peter Schorsch warns that banning daily fantasy sports, by putting it in the category of illegal gambling, might just be throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Fantasy sports is as popular as Buffalo wings and cold beer. A report in Fortune shows that 57 million North Americans are betting $465 a year each on fantasy sports, making it a $27 billion business. But what does the holier-than-thou crowd want to do? Keep people from playing daily…

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Today on Context Florida: #BlackLivesMatter, FAMU coup and dangerous polling

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Today on Context Florida: Julie Delegal writes that some whites’ approach to the movement presumes a zero-sum game: If one group is “awarded” national attention on any issue, the reasoning goes, then other groups by contrast, necessarily must lose something. But #BlackLivesMatter doesn’t mean that only black lives matter. It means, rather, that we can no longer pretend that institutions in our country, like our criminal justice system, are race-neutral. It means that we can’t turn a blind eye to disparate treatment…

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