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Today on Context Florida: Betting on Marco Rubio, the black experience and desperate leaders

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Today on Context Florida: Earlier this week, POLITICO ran “5 Reasons to bet $5 on Marco Rubio,” trying to make the case for a path to the presidency for Florida’s junior senator. But Peter Schorsch says that Jeb Bush, whose rumors of his demise have been exaggerated, dominates the field in a number of predictive categories. For fun, he might consider betting $5 on Rubio; but to pay the mortgage, Schorsch will be betting on Bush. Chris Timmons believes it is…

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Today on Context Florida: John Boehner the moderate, Trump v. Marco Rubio and summer reading

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Today on Context Florida: The moment Jac Wilder VerSteeg long feared has happened: House Speaker John Boehner is throwing in the towel, resigning not just the speakership, but also his seat in the House. What is the moment VerSteeg feared? When he will remember John Boehner as a “moderate.” Peter Schorsch says there is a right, smart way to take on Republican Marco Rubio and there is a dumb, ineffective way to challenge him. What we are seeing out of Donald…

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Today on Context Florida: Joe Biden tours Florida, two Marco Rubios and Donald Trump, demagogue

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Today on Context Florida: Vice President Joe Biden visited Florida this week supposedly to do what Bob Sparks says vice presidents do. He came to raise money for Democrats and talk about a college-readiness policy initiative on behalf of President Obama. Free community college is not why the media showed up. With the vice president in town, it’s all about the potential contest between the sitting vice president taking on the former secretary of state and the rest of the field.…

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Today on Context Florida: Gwen Graham re-election, GOP & blacks and the Ashley Madison hack

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Today on Context Florida: Down deep, U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham may already know whether she will run for re-election next year, says Bob Sparks. With the Florida House and Senate in agreement on the new look of her District 2 and Corrine Brown’s District 5; the writing (or map) appears to be on the wall. Graham is doing the right thing by waiting until the court makes it official. No one should be surprised by Jeb Bush’s lackluster policy approach toward…

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Today on Context Florida: Two sides of FAMU drama and Howard Beale’s moment arrives

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Today on Context Florida: Rufus Montgomery, belligerent chair of the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees, remains unbowed, says Chris Timmons. The domineering and vexing Montgomery was asked to step down by powerful FAMU alumni on Wednesday. Usually, that might mean he’s doing his job: making sure that the university is being well run and the president is held to her contract. That is not quite it, Timmons notes. Bob Sparks also weighs in on the FAMU drama, as it heads…

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Today on Context Florida: innovative charter schools, Donald Trump and Social Security’s birthday

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Today on Context Florida: Jac Wilder VerSteeg writes that charter schools claim to innovate because they are freed from some of the stupid bureaucratic rules that plague traditional public schools. A couple of charter schools in Broward County are taking advantage of a “rule break” in a way the VerSteeg calls truly “innovative.” They don’t have to pay their bills. According to the professional prognosticators: Donald Trump is a carnival barker riding the presidential primary process for an eventual deal that…

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Today on Context Florida: Wet and soggy Tampa, Jeb Bush & blacks and abortion

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Today on Context Florida: This summer has been wet and soggy, with rainstorms hitting Tampa nearly every day. It won’t stop. Catherine Durkin Robinson offers 10 things to do when it’s raining, besides kill each other. Usually, Republicans get a pat on the back for just being brave enough to speak at a black organization’s annual meeting or conference. Chris Timmons says we must give Jeb Bush the obligatory props for deigning to speak to an overwhelmingly black crowd at the…

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