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Today on Context Florida: Education for the future, Aesop’s ant, Florida bike trails and equal ground for children

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Today on Context Florida: Marc Yacht asks the first question to political promises: “What are the jobs?” Political office seekers should be advocating education as the proper conduit to careers. Unfortunately, public school funding is under siege and the high cost of college discourages many talented students from pursuing education.  Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is correct: we must provide a free education through college to students. More assembly-line jobs are not the solution. The answer lies more with education and training…

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Today on Context Florida: Angry voters, reconnecting Cuba, Hispanics & climate change and teenage driving

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Today on Context Florida: Voters are angry and unhappy, says Marc Yacht. Democrats and Republicans disagree on most issues, but they are kindred spirits in their distaste for political leadership. According to numerous Pew Research Center polls, Americans have lost confidence in traditional politics.  Voters feel betrayed. Republican distaste for Democrats and President Barack Obama runs much deeper than suggested racial bias. The popularity of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders shows the parties’ failure to deliver what voters expected. Republicans and…

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Today on Context Florida: Donald Trump great president, the best of times, smart Republicans and employment & disability

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Today on Context Florida: Stephen Kurlander forced himself the other night to watch – in totality – Donald Trump speak at two rallies in Ohio before that state’s primary. Initially, he had significant reservations about voting for him. But Kurlander says there is something inside him that says that Trump will prove himself — that he will be an evolutionary politician that will lead America into an era of prosperity and democratic leadership in the world. Deep down, Kurlander thinks Trump…

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Today on Context Florida: History repeats, Andrew Jackson, Florida’s primary, momentum and school readiness

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Today on Context Florida: Hoping for a moderate presidential nominee in 1972, Martin Dyckman says the Democrats who controlled the Florida Legislature set up a primary intended to award Sen. Edmund Muskie most of the state’s delegates. George Wallace won them instead – 75 of the 81 – with pluralities in all but one congressional district and 41.6 percent of the overall vote. The damage to Muskie, who placed fourth, was irreparable. It contributed significantly to the eventual nomination of the…

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Today on Context Florida: Office of Amusement, drug misuse, outsourcing, Michael Bloomberg and Jeffersonian ideals

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Today on Context Florida: Sen. Joe Negron’s SB 832 declares that “fantasy contests” – meaning endeavors such as DraftKings and FanDuel – “involve the skill of contest participants and do not constitute gambling, gaming or games of chance.” Jac VerSteeg says that Negron would regulate this nongambling via a newly created Office of Amusement. It’s not “gambling,” it’s an “amusement.” Which is amusing, VerSteeg says, given that Florida’s most established amusements are the amusement parks in Orlando and Tampa. They have bitterly…

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Today on Context Florida: Single-payer health care, inspirational eloquence, sports magnet schools and John Haddox

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Today on Context Florida: According to Dr. Marc Yacht, the Affordable Care Act 2010 – popularly known as Obamacare – has allowed about 18 million uninsured people to acquire health coverage so far. About 33 million remain uncovered and the bulk of those live in states that rejected ACA Medicaid expansion dollars. The numbers are confusing, Yacht says, but overall the uninsured rate nationwide has dropped from 18 percent to 13 percent. Adults and children have benefited as uninsured rates decrease.…

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Today on Context Florida: Jesse Panuccio, the Great Divide and a future in politics

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Today on Context Florida: Chris Timmons discusses why it is important to note the resignation of Jesse Panuccio as director of the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). Newspapers and blogs have pronounced him a “trusted” adviser of Gov. Rick Scott, who is increasingly becoming less autocratic and opening up to the possibility that the Legislature is a coequal branch of government. He had to get rid of his most “trusted” advisers and “catalyst” for all that is emblematic of his…

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