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Today on Context Florida: Sleaziness & sunshine, to-do lists, lobbyists and Montclair Elementary

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Today on Context Florida: Legislators in Tallahassee do not think you should trouble your pretty little heads over what they’re doing with your money, says Diane Roberts. The governor agrees. On Tuesday, he held a secret confab with his “Dumb and Dumber” co-star, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, now lobbying for a dubious dental corporation. Perry didn’t register as a lobbyist — a violation of ethics law, Roberts says — until nearly four hours after the fact, and the meeting did…

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Today on Context Florida: Top 10 government stories, Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton and minimum wage blues

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Today on Context Florida: From palace intrigues to pot, 2015 brought a plethora of material to the Capitol Press Corps. Jim Rosica says trying to pick the top 10 state government stories is a subjective pursuit, to say the least, but here are the FloridaPolitics.com picks for the passing year: No. 1: The “firing” of Gerald Bailey – Gov. Rick Scott actually forced out the state’s top cop in December 2014 but the repercussions of that move spilled well over into…

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Today on Context Florida: Christmas music, kooky professors and making education fun

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Today on Context Florida: There are two types of people: those who, the day after Thanksgiving, turn their radio to the all-Christmas music station, and the rest — Grinchy McGrinchersons. Heather Gibson offers her list of the good, the bad and the quintessential Christmas music. Academe would be a dreary place without its occasional kooky professor, but for Martin Dyckman, James Tracy of Florida Atlantic University is simply too much. Hired to teach about conspiracy theories, he digressed into peddling his…

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Today on Context Florida: Syrian refugee showdown, skin in the war game and it’s still the economy

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Today on Context Florida: President Obama and the GOP are headed for a high-stakes showdown on the issue of Syrian refugees, says Bob Sparks. Europe is absorbing large numbers of those refugees, but many more seemingly have nowhere to go. This country, as we usually do, pledged to help by taking some. That was before Paris. With as much humanity as we can muster, the influx must be postponed. Not cancelled, but postponed until the identities and intentions of those entering…

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Today on Context Florida: Death awaits, sobering answers to ISIS threat and full college graduation

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Today on Context Florida: Death happens to the best of us, and also to the worst. Florence Snyder says that the Grim Reaper is waiting, we just don’t when or where. This Thanksgiving, she suggests to skip the competition for Smartest Guy in the Room and Prettiest Presentation of Green Bean Casserole and focus — really focus — on learning something we didn’t know about someone who shares our holiday table. That’s as close as we can come to cheating death.…

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Today on Context Florida: Dying vote spirit, curbing gun violence and Northwest Florida goodwill

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Today on Context Florida: The run for the presidency is a bust for both parties and Marc Yacht says there’s something missing from American politics of late. Flag wavers wave as the candidates appear amid the usual rah-rah atmosphere ginned by political diehard groupies. But as Yacht sees it, the “vote spirit” that’s so much a part of the nation’s political process seems to be dying. Fewer care and it shows in low voter turnout. Catherine Durkin Robinson offers 11 concrete…

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Today on Context Florida: Hamiltonian parties, dirty hospitals and pre-K & poverty

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Today on Context Florida: As the 21st century finds its rhythm, and the 2016 presidential contest begins to take up most of our public space, it seems clear to social commentator Clay S. Jenkinson that there two political parties in the United States, but they are both thoroughly Hamiltonian. We have what might be called the “greater Hamiltonian Party” and the “lesser Hamiltonian party.” The obscene dominance of money, political action committees, lobbyists, fundraisers, and unrestrained attack ads has essentially disenfranchised…

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