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Today on Context Florida: The Republican problem, Rick Scott & the environment, unfairness in politics and Key West parking

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Today on Context Florida: As a preacher’s kid who grew up in the South, Jac VerSteeg values politeness. It is a given that, when you encounter a governor in a coffee shop, you do not yell, “You are an a**hole!” Nevertheless, Cara Jennings’ crude outburst in a Gainesville Starbucks provides an insight that if taken to heart might benefit the Republican Party, whose presidential frontrunners are Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. The party has an a**hole problem. Diane Roberts asks if…

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Beyond the pale: Enviro activist calls for “death of thousands” in Lake O discharge controversy

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With much of the nation embroiled in the 2016 presidential campaign, it’s almost understandable that some things in Florida have escaped widespread notice. For those of paying attention, however, they have no doubt been aware of the release of excess water from Lake Okeechobee, a result of historically high El Niño rainfall in South Florida. Unsurprisingly, environmentalists have been vocal in opposition. But this time, the rhetoric may be getting out of hand. The Army Corps of Engineers’ release, as…

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Snubbed by AFL-CIO, Charlie Crist now seeking endorsement of, um, Sierra Club

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Asked if he was disappointed he was not endorsed by the Florida AFL-CIO, Charlie Crist said: “I don’t think at all. It would have been nice, obviously, that’s why I went there. But I was awfully proud and pleased to get the teachers’ support. It’s all about getting the support of the people.” Crist, who wooed the unions at their annual meeting this weekend, said he’d welcome the support of other groups, including environmentalists such as the Sierra Club, according…

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