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Mark Bircher says he wouldn’t be running if he didn’t think he could win CD 13

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Florida’s Congressional 13 seat based in Pinellas County has received a lot of attention in recent years. The special election to replace the late C.W. Bill Young in 2014 was one of the most expensive congressional elections in U.S. history. And after the Florida Supreme Court ordered the state Legislature to redraw the district last year which resulted in a more Democratic-friendly district, incumbent David Jolly announced he was ditching it to run for the U.S. Senate, while former Governor Charlie Crist…

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Today on Context Florida: Revisiting the Daisy ad, Tallahassee Takeaways, political ads and idiocy in full Florida bloom

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Today on Context Florida: Martin Dyckman asks if it’s time to resurrect the Daisy ad. For those unfamiliar with it, the Daisy ad is considered the most effective political spot ever filmed. The spot begins with a precious little girl pulling petals from a flower, counting them imperfectly. It segues to a man’s harsh voice counting down from 10. The child’s face dissolves into the hideous sight and sound of an H-bomb test. “These are the stakes,” says another voice —…

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Today on Context Florida: Bush Christian speech, war on poor, Babe Ruth and Avenir 3.0

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Today on Context Florida: Jeb Bush gave a speech last week that Steven Kurlander says should have received more attention that it did in the 24-7 news cycle. Bush incorporated two important tenets in his message that can unite divergent voters to vote Republican in 2016: the preservation of basic religious freedom within the traditional conservative argument against big government. President Lyndon Johnson publicly declared “War on Poverty” in 1964. In 2011, Rick Scott took office as Florida governor and that…

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Today on Context Florida: Selma & LeRoy Collins, voting rights, honeybees and educational icebergs

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Today on Context Florida: State troopers, sheriff’s deputies savagely attacked voting rights marchers at Selma, Ala., with clubs, tear gas and cattle prods on March 7, 1965; Martin Dyckman says two great Americans rushed to the city to try to take command of the perilous situation. One was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., determined to lead a second march — regardless of the consequences — two days later. The other was former Florida Gov. LeRoy Collins, President Lyndon Johnson’s civil rights…

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