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Debate Takeaways: Civil court discussion gives way to brawl

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Saturday’s Republican presidential debate was the perfect spot for GOP candidates to try and project legal gravitas after the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. That was a fairly civil discussion. Then came the brawls: Then it was back to Trump v. Bush for Round Two. Next up: Trump v. Cruz. John Kasich tried to stand above the fray. It was the smallest GOP field on the debate stage yet, after the departures of Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina. But…

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Today on Context Florida: Another day in America, “God isn’t fixing this” and Trump enablers

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Today on Context Florida: Just another day in the United States of America: “Another day of gunfire, panic and fear. This time in the city of San Bernardino in California, where a civic building was apparently under attack.” That, says Martin Dyckman, was the voice, tinged with sorrow and shock, of a BBC reporter describing yet another day in America. Just another year in America, whose homicide rate of 5 per 100,000 is the third highest among the 36 member nations…

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Unpopular GOP candidates mulling when to pack it in

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For months, Republican presidential candidates with dwindling bank accounts and negligible support in polls have been finding reasons to stay in the 2016 race. Now, a few must weigh whether they can keep competing after being downgraded or excluded from Tuesday’s fourth GOP debate. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee have been bumped to the undercard debate because of low poll numbers, while South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and former New York Gov. George Pataki…

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GOP candidates for attorney general coming to Tiger Bay on Thursday

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In late March the two Democratic candidates for attorney general joined us.  Now it’s the Republicans’ turn, and all four announced candidates will converge on the Tigers’ Den for a debate/joint appearance.  They are (in alphabetical order): Holly Benson, a three-term legislator from Pensacola and twice an agency head in the Crist administration. Pam Bondi, an assistant state attorney and criminal prosecutor in Tampa.  Her high-profile cases have made her a frequent guest on cable television, and she is known…

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Jeb Bush: I’m Proud of Marco Rubio

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Officially, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush hasn’t thrown his support behind either of the GOP candidates for the U.S. Senate. But in an interview with WGCU in Fort Myers, he expressed pride in candidate Marco Rubio’s campaign. “Punditry is fun, but the actual decision will be made in August,” Bush said. “I’m proud of what Marco has been able to accomplish in the campaign, but there’s a long, long way to go,” he said. It’s no secret that Bush has…

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Jeb Bush: I’m Proud of Marco Rubio

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Officially, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush hasn’t thrown his support behind either of the GOP candidates for the U.S. Senate. But in an interview with WGCU in Fort Myers, he expressed pride in candidate Marco Rubio’s campaign. “Punditry is fun, but the actual decision will be made in August,” Bush said. “I’m proud of what Marco has been able to accomplish in the campaign, but there’s a long, long way to go,” he said. It’s no secret that Bush has…

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