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Rick Scott: Hope for a free Cuba better for Florida than current thaw

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Readying to join President Donald Trump in Miami Friday for the president’s expected reinstitution of economic sanctions on Cuba, Florida Gov. Rick Scott indicated in Orlando Friday morning that he is ready to support such a move. At a jobs announcement in Orlando, Scott said he’s convinced the long-term economic advantage of democracy and economic freedom in Cuba is preferable for Florida to any business opportunities and other relationships opening due to the thaw and lifting of economic sanctions that President…

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Darryl Paulson: The Founders were right — democracy is flawed

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I expect the title of this op-ed will generate enough hate mail to keep me busy for a month. How can anyone oppose democracy?  If the Founders hated democracy, who am I to disagree? The Founders recognized the inherent dangers of democratic government. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, called democracy “one of the greatest evils.” Alexander Hamilton, better known for being a Broadway phenomena that one of the most significant individuals in the establishment of the…

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More civics; more civility, says Dennis Ross

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The vitriolic presidential campaign and its controversies are due in a major part to the education system failing to retain one of its traditional and historical obligations, the teaching of civics, U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, a Lakeland Republican, told a meeting of a Kiwanis Club in his hometown Thursday. “I have never seen anything like it,” Ross said of the combative campaigns and crowds this year. “And the reason is that we don’t teach our kids — the next generation —…

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Today on Context Florida: Electoral College, Middle-Class Champions, sharing bathrooms and mindfulness

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Today on Context Florida: Voters don’t understand, or like, the Electoral College, says Darryl Paulson. He offers a few basic facts about the electoral-college system. First, very few voters understand how it works. Second, most voters hate the system. Third, the system is almost impossible to change. Those who drafted the Constitution had little trust in democracy. James Madison, in The Federalist Papers, wrote that unfettered majorities tend toward “tyranny.” John Adams, signer of the Declaration of Independence and second President,…

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Poynter to host Pulitzer Prize centennial celebration

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The Poynter Institute has been selected to host a two-day event honoring 100 years of Pulitzer Prizes. The downtown St. Pete continuing education resource for journalists and other writers was chosen by the Pulitzer Prize Board to host the events on Thursday, March 31, 2016, and April 1, 2016. The seminar is aimed at highlighting the historical achievement of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists covering topics like civil rights, social equality and democracy. “Like the Pulitzer Prizes, the Poynter Institute is dedicated…

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Times’ editorial wrong on mail-in voting

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There is a mis-editorial in today’s Times claiming that early, mail-in voting is causing frustration in several municipal elections in Pinellas County: Some candidates were surprised, too. Local election campaigns don’t typically kick into high gear until about six weeks before Election Day. But in mid January candidates started hearing from residents who had ballots and were frustrated that they had seen no information about the people running for office. Candidates scrambled to try to connect with those voters, and…

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Is ‘The Daily Show’ bad for democracy?

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This is not funny: Jon Stewart and his hit Comedy Central cable show may be poisoning democracy. Two political scientists found that young people who watch Stewart’s faux news program, “The Daily Show,” develop cynical views about politics and politicians that could lead them to just say no to voting. That’s particularly dismaying news because the show is hugely popular among college students, many of whom already don’t bother to cast ballots. Jody Baumgartner and Jonathan S. Morris of East…

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