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Today on Context Florida: Banned phrases, repeating history, polluted water and high-stakes cheating

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Today on Context Florida: In light of Gov. Rick Scott banning use of the phrases “climate change” and “global warming” by Department of Environmental Protection staff, Daniel Tilson offers a “Top Ten” list of terms not to use in any form if working for the governor. Terms include “Affordable Care Act” (should be…“Obamacare” or “Socialist health care law”), “Voter suppression” (should be …“Fighting voter fraud” or “Election integrity”), “Bad jobs” (should be…“New opportunities” or “Let’s keep working”) and “Middle-class stagnation” (should…

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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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You don’t realize how lacking for original commentary the St. Petersburg Times is until Howard Troxler goes on vacation.  This is the Achilles Heal of the newspaper — the holes in its lineup of columnists.  Sue Carlton is the Columnist Who Isn’t There and Ernest Hooper is, like the dude in this spoof of the New York Times, just a Cool Black Guy. PolitiFact may wins awards, but columnists sell newspapers and there isn’t a metro columnist writing for the…

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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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You don’t realize how lacking for original commentary the St. Petersburg Times is until Howard Troxler goes on vacation.  This is the Achilles Heal of the newspaper — the holes in its lineup of columnists.  Sue Carlton is the Columnist Who Isn’t There and Ernest Hooper is, like the dude in this spoof of The New York Times, just a Cool Black Guy. PolitiFact may wins awards, but columnists sell newspapers and there isn’t a metro columnist writing for the…

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Today is Eric Eikenberg’s last day on the Charlie Crist payroll

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From Alex Leary: He was there but not there, exhausted and unshaven, pacing on the periphery of Straub Park while a crowd grew for the blockbuster announcement. As Gov. Charlie Crist switched from Republican to independent in the race for U.S. Senate, Eric Eikenberg had a quiet announcement of his own. He was quitting. Today is Eikenberg’s last day on the Crist payroll. Thirty-four years old, a father of three and unemployed for the first time since college. Continue reading…

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Today is Eric Eikenberg’s last day on the Charlie Crist payroll

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From Alex Leary: He was there but not there, exhausted and unshaven, pacing on the periphery of Straub Park while a crowd grew for the blockbuster announcement. As Gov. Charlie Crist switched from Republican to independent in the race for U.S. Senate, Eric Eikenberg had a quiet announcement of his own. He was quitting. Today is Eikenberg’s last day on the Crist payroll. Thirty-four years old, a father of three and unemployed for the first time since college. Continue reading…

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Charlie Crist hires his sister to run statewide, multimillion-dollar U.S. Senate campaign

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From Eric Eikenberg to the candidate’s sister. That’s how far Charlie Crist’s campaign has traveled now that he’s told the St. Peterburg Times editorial board that he has named his sister, Margaret Wood, the interim campaign manager. She officially is called interim campaign manager, the governor said, but only to give her an opportunity to step down if she doesn’t like it. Doesn’t he need a seasoned pro? “No,” Crist said Thursday. “You know what you need? I’ve learned I’ve…

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Who is running Charlie Crist’s campaign, now that Eric Eikenberg has left

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Now that Charlie Crist has dropped out of the Republican primary to run with No Party Affiliation, the question of who is really in charge of Crist’s campaign continues to intrigue reporters, bloggers and political observers. On paper, Eric Eikenberg was the official campaign manager of Crist’s effort.  But saying Eikenberg was running the Crist campaign is just as ridiculous as saying Tony Sparano is in charge of the Miami Dophins when everyone knows that Bill Parcells is calling the…

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