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Today on Context Florida: Testy Cabinet, John Kirtley, Bernie Sanders and kids at the theater

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Today on Context Florida: Peter Schorsch talks about the testy process of choosing a new state Insurance Commissioner. Among the four top statewide officials, no one walked away a winner from last week’s battle. Neither Gov. Rick Scott nor CFO Jeff Atwater got the candidate he wanted, with both settling on the third name Atwater threw out at Friday’s emergency Cabinet meeting, David Altmaier. Interestingly enough, the process was a design that Atwater himself, a former lawmaker and Senate president, once…

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Today on Context Florida: Slinging mud, Full Sail, constitutional liberty, doing things differently and taking the stage

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Today on Context Florida: Marco Rubio and Donald Trump are slinging mud by spraying water. Jac VerSteeg suggests this may be from the unconscious influence of their ties to Florida, a vast peninsula surrounded by the sparkling aqua stuff. Trump himself is master of an estate whose name – Mar-a-Lago – derives from its proximity to two bodies of water. Rubio’s persona is shaped by the 90 miles of Florida Straits separating his family’s adopted country from Cuba’s tyranny. It is…

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Today on Context Florida: Christmas music, kooky professors and making education fun

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Today on Context Florida: There are two types of people: those who, the day after Thanksgiving, turn their radio to the all-Christmas music station, and the rest — Grinchy McGrinchersons. Heather Gibson offers her list of the good, the bad and the quintessential Christmas music. Academe would be a dreary place without its occasional kooky professor, but for Martin Dyckman, James Tracy of Florida Atlantic University is simply too much. Hired to teach about conspiracy theories, he digressed into peddling his…

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Today on Context Florida: Happy endings, bad reviews, black bears and no joy in Tallahassee

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Today on Context Florida: On Tuesday night, Tom O’Hara heard two attorneys at the heart of the redistricting fight tell a riveting tale that has a happy ending. Dan Gelber, a prominent Florida Democrat, and Ellen Freidin, the woman who is primarily responsible for the state constitutional amendments that guarantee fair districts, told a story about how determined citizens can overcome brute political power. Heather Gibson, who serves as marketing director for the UCF School of Performing Arts, believes it’s critical…

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Today on Context Florida: Climate change & kids, STEM preparedness and breaking free from the screens

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Today on Context Florida: Dr. Lynn Ringenberg, a pediatrician for 35 years, has witnessed first-hand the effect of a changing climate on young patients. With more ozone and pollution in the atmosphere, there are worsening respiratory problems, allergies, and asthma. Many infants and children take medications every day just so they can breathe better. That’s what compelled her to write. We need to address climate change now, Ringenberg says. Teresa Barber sees the need for a STEM (science, technology, engineering and…

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