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Today on Context Florida: History repeats, Andrew Jackson, Florida’s primary, momentum and school readiness

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Today on Context Florida: Hoping for a moderate presidential nominee in 1972, Martin Dyckman says the Democrats who controlled the Florida Legislature set up a primary intended to award Sen. Edmund Muskie most of the state’s delegates. George Wallace won them instead – 75 of the 81 – with pluralities in all but one congressional district and 41.6 percent of the overall vote. The damage to Muskie, who placed fourth, was irreparable. It contributed significantly to the eventual nomination of the…

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Today on Context Florida: Surprise FDLE visit, Medicaid, Florida Forever and presidential primary

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Today on Context Florida:  Daniel Tilson recounts a surprise visit from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which claimed they received an anonymous tip on an alleged threatening Facebook comment about Gov. Scott. Tilson posted a link to an earlier Context Florida column about Scott’s tax-cutting propaganda gimmick this week, playfully (mockingly) titled Rick Scott’s Magical Mystery Tax Cut Calculator. The uncertain future of Medicaid financing has received much attention during the past few weeks of the legislative session, says State Sen.…

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Martin Dyckman: Winner-take-all primary could backfire on Florida GOP

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The first Florida presidential primary that ever mattered was intended to enhance U.S. Sen. Edmund Muskie’s campaign for the Democratic nomination. It dealt him a staggering defeat instead. Florida Republican leaders might want to consider that example before structuring next year’s primary as a winner-take-all clincher for former Gov. Jeb Bush or U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. For the Republicans going into 2016, the field is even more volatile than it was for the Democrats in 1972. No assumption is safe.…

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