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Martin Dyckman: End the ‘shame’ by restoring voting rights to ex-felons

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In a pair of Context Florida columns titled, “The Shame of Florida,” Darryl Paulson has documented how Florida infamously leads the nation in the number of people—1.7-million—who are permanently barred from voting as ex-felons regardless of whether they are good citizens now. In Florida, as in Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee and other former Confederate states, these bans were imposed or radically expanded in the aftermath of Reconstruction with the plain intent of suppressing black votes. More than 10 percent of voting-age…

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Today on Context Florida: New constitutional amendment, childhood poverty and healthcare costs

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Today on Context Florida: After several months of cooking, Peter Schorsch says a new proposed amendment to Florida’s constitution popped up this week. What is it? It’s a mouthful and is called, “All Voters Vote in Top Two Primary Elections for Congress, State Legislature, Governor, and Cabinet” and it basically changes the rules for how elections are conducted in Florida. When Andy Ford first began his teaching career it was in an inner city school where extreme poverty permeated nearly every…

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