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Slater Bayliss: Cubs want to party like it’s 1908

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As Floridians, we have a very special connection to baseball through spring training, as Florida is now one of only two states to host spring training games. In fact, only a few years removed from their 1908 World Series title, the Chicago Cubs came to Tampa in 1913 for spring training. In doing so, they became the first team to hold spring training in Florida.  In a twist of irony that same year, the Cleveland Indians came to Jacksonville and…

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Today on Context Florida: American Transformers, Floridian president, TR’s big stick, open carry convention and dealmaking

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Today on Context Florida: There’s a new reality show in America, says Adam Goodman, generating ratings and rave reviews before an audience that had been waiting a long time for it to begin. It’s called “The New American Transformers,” but unlike the “Transformer” movies this series does not revolve around a galactic battle but something much more down to Earth. It is a story about Americans looking to transform a system that’s broken, in a country that’s lost its way, led…

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Today on Context Florida: Florida’s legislative intransigence, not just who you know, “fail first” and protecting Bimini

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Today on Context Florida: In the second of a three-part series, Julie Delegal recounts the Florida Legislature’s history of intransigence when it comes to the requirement that penalty-phase vertex be unanimous to impose capital punishment. Now, in light of a January U.S. Supreme Court ruling, attorneys agree there is no constitutional means by which to sentence convicted murderers to death in Florida. “It’s who you know.” Dale Brill says we have all experienced it, even if we do not recognize it.…

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Today on Context Florida: Florida death penalty, ALICE, South Tampa politicos and Florida’s dim prospects

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Today on Context Florida: To find someone guilty of a crime — any crime — jurors have to agree unanimously. Not so to impose the death penalty, says Julie Delegal. Not here in Florida. And that’s why Florida’s death penalty sentencing procedure is in constitutional hot water. As Florida law stands now, after jurors find a defendant guilty of first-degree murder, they aren’t required to deliberate to the point of unanimity to sentence a murderer to death. They only take a…

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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: Public services, Alan Grayson & MSNBC and flakka

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Today on Context Florida: We expect state government to provide public goods and services, says Dale Brill. Elected officials bear the burden of deciding which services are offered and setting the tax rates and fees necessary to fund them. A look at Florida’s fragile revenue structure demonstrates the state will struggle to sustain the quality and scope of its current offerings. As the old business saying goes, “You can have your services good, fast or cheap. Pick any two.” Peter Schorsch…

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Today on Context Florida: Innovation, Thomas G. Wenski and Antonin Scalia losing his mind

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Today on Context Florida: Florida’s future depends on innovation, says Dale Brill, to address threats, including rising sea levels, the effect of nitrogen cycles, ocean acidification and more. If solutions to these challenges are to find their genesis in Florida, a commitment to innovation is necessary to fully transition state and local economies that compete for investment capital, skilled workforce and overlapping targeted industries. For Florida to emerge as a vibrant innovation system viewed as globally competitive, increased investments in the…

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