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Today on Context Florida: Lenny Curry, Big Sugar, free parking and standardized test fail

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Today on Context Florida: Bob Sparks says Lenny Curry’s victory in Jacksonville last night shows Republicans the way to win. The political class is analyzing whether Curry’s win gives Republicans any advantage next year in the quest to capture Florida’s 29 electoral votes or to hold a U.S. Senate seat. Since Jacksonville and Duval County usually go Republican (Barack Obama lost this area twice), a Democrat winning twice in non-presidential election years would certainly give the GOP some cause for concern.…

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Today on Context Florida: Standardized testing, Witham Field, Orlando culture and technology & education

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Today on Context Florida: It is almost time to let the tilt-a-whirl of state standardized testing spin anew, says Shannon Nickinson. Escambia County students will soon begin Florida Standards Assessment testing in reading and mathematics. When students took the writing test earlier this month, technical problems caused the Escambia School District to suspend testing for three consecutive days. And the problems weren’t just in the Pensacola metro area. Districts all over the state reported similar problems. If you think that was…

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Today on Context Florida: Racist frats, Martin County, do what you love and higher education

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Today on Context Florida: Marc Yacht talks about the Oklahoma University Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) chapter, which raised the stupid-bar with a nine-second racist chant going viral. Media were quick to put aside the usual murder and mayhem to air this fraternity spectacle worldwide. So whom are these undergraduates finding joy in racist chants? Martin County must stand up to development bullies in court, says Sally Swartz. The quality of life that makes Martin different, according to County Commissioner Maggy Hurchalla,…

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Everglades group releases petition supporting U.S. Sugar land buy

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Environmental groups supporting the purchase of 46,000 acres of U.S. Sugar Corp. land launched on Wednesday commercials and released a petition from scientists in support of the proposal. The ads from the Everglades Trust show polluted water from Lake Okeechobee being discharged into the St. Lucie River with signs in Martin County warning against swimming. “Legislators must respect the mandate of the voters and use the Amendment 1 funds for what the voters intended — to buy lands in the…

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