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Today on Context Florida: Jeb Bush’s refreshing behavior, making corporations pay and the University of West Florida

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Today on Context Florida: Sarah Maricle Ayers says that Jeb Bush’s sluggish movement in the national polls betrays the refreshingly presidential-like behavior he has been exhibiting. In a campaign environment marked by shallow squabbling and impulsive barb-throwing, Bush’s recent statement about limiting governmental benefits demonstrates a serious and sorely needed focus on policy concerns. Forcing corporations to pay what they owe can be a tough job. But when Paul Heroux worked in the insurance business and was responsible for getting a…

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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: Open government in West Palm, early education and ending the filibuster

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Today on Context Florida: Open government sustained a serious setback this month, writes Jac Wilder VerSteeg. For this, he says you can “thank” the city of West Palm Beach, along with West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio and spokesperson Elliot Cohen. The city – in response to public records requests – posted information online that revealed the names of several undercover officers, police informants and people who are the subjects of continuing criminal investigations. The posts contained information about local and…

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Today on Context Florida: Corrine Brown, weather scares and a vibrant Pensacola

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Today on Context Florida: U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown filed a federal lawsuit opposing the reshaping of Florida’s CD 5, the district she represents. Brown contends that redrawing her district in an east-west configuration – as the Florida Supreme Court has ordered state lawmakers to do – would deprive African-American voters the opportunity to elect the candidate of their choice. But would it, Julie Delegal asks. Two annual events occur whose sole purpose is to scare people, says Marc Yacht. Halloween, where…

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Today on Context Florida: Jeb! or Jeb?, Jeff Atwater & speech and Pensacola sickness

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Today on Context Florida: To appreciate why Donald Trump is thumping Jeb! Bush in the polls, Martin Dyckman says to simply substitute a question mark for the exclamation point. Jeb? isn’t doing so well at persuading people that what they think they heard isn’t what he meant to say. It doesn’t take a degree in psychology to know that someone’s first, unguarded remark reveals much more about him than any effort to explain it. The latest example is his vacillating position…

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Today on Context Florida: Marco Rubio a Bush-spoiler, obnoxious Donald Trump and Pensacola investment

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Today on Context Florida: Marco Rubio has already raised more than $12 million for his White House bid, says Peter Schorsch, with outside groups aligned with Rubio raising twice that. So far, raising money and handcuffing Jeb Bush are about all Rubio’s been able to accomplish on the presidential campaign trail. According to Martin Dyckman, there hasn’t been a presidential candidate as fat-headed, obnoxious and unqualified as Donald Trump. Yet more Republicans seem to favor him than any of the others. That…

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Today on Context Florida: Confederate flags, Keep Florida Healthy and balanced budgets

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Today on Context Florida: Those who flaunt the Confederate flag insist that it symbolizes “heritage,” not hate. Call it what they will, says Martin Dyckman, but that heritage is a heritage of hate. Through all this ghastly history the Confederate battle flag served as a symbol of the lost “cause” that had led to it all, and, inescapably, of the hatred that has long outlasted the cause and still haunts this nation. Gov. Rick Scott touted the 2015 state budget as…

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