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Today on Context Florida: Greg Evers, loving Hispanics, demagogues and the ‘real America’

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Today on Context Florida: Peter Schorsch asks: How many times can Department of Corrections officials tick off Greg Evers before they’re really in for it? Last week at a news conference, Evers dropped the bomb that Corrections Secretary Julie Jones and one of her top aides had “lied” to him about the closing of a Broward County prisoner re-entry program. (Evers didn’t name Jones, but a department spokesman confirmed that’s who he had spoken with.) The question now is: When does…

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Today on Context Florida: Donald Trump’s success, election tsunami, vice presidential picks and Harm Reduction

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Today on Context Florida: As the primary season continues and we near the GOP convention in July, one thing has become certain to Steven Kurlander. Whether the GOP likes it or not, Donald Trump will be the Republican presidential nominee. What’s not certain is whether Trump the GOP nominee, or if elected president, will build on his brilliant exploitation of dissatisfaction to seize a moment in history to rebuild the American political system. It’s quite popular among out-of-touch Republican conservatives to…

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Today on Context Florida: Cabinet meeting drama, Carly Fiorina, David Jolly and reproductive freedom

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Today on Context Florida: Monday’s Cabinet meeting was nothing like any of the other meetings. It was dramatic, intense, awkward, and anticlimactic — all at the same time. After four interviews by candidates for the post of Insurance Commissioner, Gov. Rick Scott read from a prepared statement and moved to appoint Jeffrey Bragg—a man whose legal eligibility for the job continues to be murky, and who is reported to have misled investors in a private sector position. The silence was deafening, reports Peter Schorsch.…

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Darryl Paulson: It’s time to let more felons vote in Florida

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Few things divide voters more than giving criminals the right to vote, even if they are former criminals. The issue will likely receive additional attention with the decision by Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to use his executive power to extend voting rights to all 206,000 felons in his state. Even murderers, rapists and other violent felons will have their voting rights restored. Critics raise several objections. First, they say the governor, acting alone, does not have the authority to…

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Today on Context Florida: Florida’s Democratic bench, Andrew Jackson, felon voting rights and back in the day

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Today on Context Florida: Ben Pollara breaks down the deep bench of Florida Democrats for 2018, starting with Gwen Graham’s recent semi-surprise, twofer announcement has the Florida chattering classes (temporarily) taking their attention away from 2016 and toward a post-Rick Scott state Capitol. Diane Roberts says that moving Andrew Jackson to the back of the $20 bill was a “no-brainer.” But Planet Fox (that lightless but loud satellite orbiting the vast Murdoch Spatial Anomaly) is puffing and squawking, Roberts adds. Greta…

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Darryl Paulson: Florida’s congressional elections: The changing of the guard

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In a typical election cycle, about 90 percent of House members and 70 percent of U.S. senators win re-election. As has often been noted, Americans hate Congress, but love their own representative. In the 2016 congressional election in Florida, close to half of the delegation will be replaced. As David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report notes, “Florida is primed to have the most turnover in the country.” Why will Florida experience such unprecedented turnover? The answer: retirements, reapportionment and…

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Darryl Paulson: White knight refuses to be dark horse

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Republican Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Mitt Romney’s 2012 running mate and the current Speaker of the House, ended the speculation that he would be the white knight who would save the party from Donald Trump. The white knight refused to become the GOP dark horse. “Let me be clear,” said Ryan in his brief address at Republican National Committee headquarters, “I do not want, nor will I accept, the nomination of our party.” Not only did Ryan reject any nomination,…

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