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FloridaPolitics.com nabs three honors in Green Eyeshade Awards

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FloridaPolitics.com received three honors in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshade Awards, highlighting the best journalism of 2016 throughout 10 states of the southeast United States. Martin Dyckman received a second-place award for online serious commentary for his columns exploring the problems with Florida’s death penalty laws. Jim Rosica received a third-place award for online business reporting for his stories on gambling in Florida. Scott Powers received a third-place award for online political reporting for his stories on Central…

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Martin Dyckman: With ‘colossal liar’ Donald Trump, nightmares could become reality

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Donald Trump has audacious proposals to wall off Mexico and bar Muslim immigrants, but he hasn’t said how he would stop people from sneaking around the barriers or overstaying visas. How might he manage that? Let’s surmise one way. He could be planning to implant every lawful resident with an identification chip like those the veterinarian offers to your dog or cat. The process is relatively painless and doesn’t cost much. Newborns and legitimate visitors would be first. Others would…

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Today on Context Florida: Mourning the Tampa Tribune, never Donald Trump and forgetting American history and values

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Today on Context Florida: Sports writer Gary Shelton, a veteran of the Tampa Bay Times, talks about his feeling of loss for the Tampa Tribune, a formal rival that shut down this week. When you look at your doorstep, a doorstep that may be emptier than yesterday, Shelton says to lift your cup for a newspaper that died young. Martin Dyckman also reminisces about the Tampa Tribune and its fine journalists. He’s not sure which was the bigger shock — the…

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Martin Dyckman: Impose a delay on tummy tucks; they’re more dangerous than abortions

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Any law that invades the privacy and liberties of American citizens should come into court facing a heavy burden of proof. Does it serve a compelling public interest? Is it the most reasonable — that is, the least restrictive — approach? That’s doubly true in Florida, whose state constitution contains an explicit right to privacy. That’s why the Florida Supreme Court did the right thing last week to put a hold on the Legislature’s latest mean-spirited and colossally hypocritical attack…

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Today on Context Florida: Cabinet meeting drama, Carly Fiorina, David Jolly and reproductive freedom

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Today on Context Florida: Monday’s Cabinet meeting was nothing like any of the other meetings. It was dramatic, intense, awkward, and anticlimactic — all at the same time. After four interviews by candidates for the post of Insurance Commissioner, Gov. Rick Scott read from a prepared statement and moved to appoint Jeffrey Bragg—a man whose legal eligibility for the job continues to be murky, and who is reported to have misled investors in a private sector position. The silence was deafening, reports Peter Schorsch.…

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Martin Dyckman: Courts failed organizations that won redistricting fight

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If only the Florida Constitution included a provision like this: (1) Members of the Legislature who vote for measures subsequently held unconstitutional shall be liable jointly and severally for all attorney fees and costs as established by the court. (2) Failure to pay such liabilities within 60 days of final judgment shall constitute disqualification for re-election or election to another office. That is, to be sure, as far-fetched a dream as hitting the Powerball, if not more so. But it’s…

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Today on Context Florida: Rick Scott, Florida open for business, old people & sea levels and removing dams

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Today on Context Florida: Martin Dyckman says Rick Scott simply doesn’t know when to shut up. There was once a senator from Virginia who was dismayed to find his picture on the cover of New Times magazine under the headline “the dumbest congressman of them all.” He called a news conference to deny it, thereby proving it to be true. His name was Scott. William Scott. You can probably guess where this is going, Dyckman explains. From that day in 1974…

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