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Today on Context Florida: Honoring famous Floridians, Marin County’s botched website and a year of melting

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Today on Context Florida: Florida had been a state for less than a century when it came time to honor famous citizens with two statues at the U.S. Capitol. At the time, there were few plausible candidates, says Martin Dyckman. Dr. John Gorrie, the physician who invented mechanical refrigeration – imagine modern Florida without it – was an outstanding choice. But from today’s perspective, Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith is a head-scratcher. Let 2016 be the year the Legislature finally retires…

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Today on Context Florida: Guns on campus, an eternal optimist and technology & the disabled

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Today on Context Florida: Tom O’Hara says backers and opponents of letting people bring guns onto Florida’s college campuses can’t logically support their arguments until there’s more slaughter to analyze. It appears that a bill that would allow students with a concealed-carry permit to bring their guns onto the state’s public college campuses will become law next year. Sally Swartz calls Hobe Sound resident Jeff Wittman an “eternal optimist.” Wittman has never stopped believing that a 46-acre chunk of Florida scrub…

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Today on Context Florida: Relativity & the GOP, the best leap and new Martin row houses

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Today on Context Florida: The race for the Republican presidential nomination is a dilemma of who might do the least harm rather than the most good, says Martin Dyckman. It’s stretching relativity to the breaking point. In Ike’s day, it was unthinkable for any serious Republican candidate to propose policies that would engorge the national debt. But the leading Republican candidate would do just that, cloaking his demagogic opportunism in a veneer of tax cuts for everyone. Traci Evison writes that…

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Today on Context Florida: Lucius Cornelius Sulla & Richard Corcoran, outside agency funding and MPO choices

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Today on Context Florida: Before Augustus and Marc Antony and before Julius Caesar, Spartacus, and everyone else you can barely remember from Latin class, Peter Schorsch says there was dictator Lucius Cornelius Sulla. Florida House Speaker Designate Richard Corcoran is obviously not a Roman dictator, but like Sulla, he has made a long climb up through Florida politics to become speaker of the Florida House. This march hasn’t exactly been brutal, but it hasn’t been easy, either. Schorsch believes that what…

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Today on Context Florida: Scott’s record of shame, Windows 10, hurricane gerrymandering and Lake Point

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Today on Context Florida: Diane Roberts tallies up Rick Scott’s scorecard of shame when it comes to the environment. Her personal favorite is the $174,078,574 in designated Amendment 1 money for salaries and overhead in the Department of Agriculture, DEP, FWC and the Department of State. The state is supposed to be paying salaries and insurance anyway, Roberts says, while pointing out that subsidizing the Department of Agriculture in its aiding and abetting of big polluters is just moronic. And contrary…

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Today on Context Florida: Medicare foes, pro-life attacks and skunks in Martin County

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Today on Context Florida: America’s doctors have long since made their peace with Medicare, which marked its 50th anniversary last week, but Martin Dyckman says the program’s oldest and most implacable enemy, the ideological right wing, is still bent on destroying it. In their libertarian outlook, any government program that helps people deprives them of liberty. Dyckman doesn’t doubt that some of them truly believe this, although with others it is simple selfishness coated with snake oil. Pro-life proponents continue their…

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Today on Context Florida: AIF & Amendment 1, the Pope & politics and bureaucracies

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Today on Context Florida: In Tallahassee, there was no shortage of opinions spend the money voters approved for Amendment 1. Throughout the debate, Brewster Bevis of the Associated Industries of Florida says some have tried to hold our lawmakers to an arbitrary standard, arguing for tens of millions of dollars for land-buying that the state doesn’t need and taxpayers simply cannot afford. Thankfully, cooler heads in our state’s representative branch of government have prevailed. There’s a reason your mama told you…

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