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Today on Context Florida: Picking our presidents, our half-right campaign, Time’s 100 Most Influential and online buying patterns

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Today on Context Florida: Now that Donald Trump is nearing the number of delegates necessary to assure him the Republican Party nomination and super delegates all but guarantee Hillary Clinton the Democratic nod, the 2016 presidential race is set. Are you excited about the choice? Steven Kurlander bets you are not. “Annoyed” is more like it. It’s a sure bet the next person you ask is not happy either. While many Americans are distressed about the choice, Kurlander says they also…

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Valentine’s Day 2016 spending expected to reach nearly $20 billion

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Valentine’s Day spending is set to hit a record high of nearly $20 billion nationally, according to a survey released by the National Retail Federation. The NRF Valentine’s Day Consumer Spending Survey estimates love birds will spend an average of $146.84 a piece for holiday celebrations, up $4.53 from the 2015 average and overall spending is expected to hit $19.7 billion. “Valentine’s Day continues to play a significant role in the bottom line for Florida retailers, as consumers buy gifts…

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Email insights: Unlike other basic needs, Duke Energy keeps Florida electricity costs down

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It’s an unfortunate fact of life, but one we deal with every day. As time goes on, nearly everyone expects to pay more for basics such as food, housing and other utilities. However, one necessity has actually been getting cheaper at the same time: electricity. A new email from Duke Energy reminds consumers that, for nearly a decade, the company has been powering the lives of Floridians for less, unlike other essentials like food and housing, which has steadily been…

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