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Today on Context Florida: Bridging divides, energy & economy and Robert Avossa

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Today on Context Florida: Shannon Nickinson says we should bridge our divides to make America stronger. Flags of the Confederacy — from the “Rebel flag” to the “Stars and Bars” — are a painful fissure, a wound we worried every day we allowed it to fly on public property. “Celebrating” heritage that was largely built on oppression and hate is nothing to be happy about. It is a truth we white folks may not like to acknowledge, but it is true…

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Today on Context Florida: High-functioning Democrats, Escambia ZIP Codes and identity theft

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Today on Context Florida: According to Daniel Tilson, the 99 percent of us who haven’t benefited from — and in many cases have been harmed or held back by — almost 20 years of increasingly conservative Republican domination of Florida government and public policy, deserve and desperately need a high-functioning opposition party with a specific plan and timeframe for restoring political and legislative balance to our state. After all, independent and Republican 99-percenters benefit just as much as Democrats do from…

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Today on Context Florida: An open letter to House Republicans, storm water, genetic predisposition for cancer and continual undeclared war

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Today on Context Florida: Daniel Tilson writes an open letter to Republicans in the Florida House: Word is, most of you are about to vote “Nay” and kill the Florida Senate’s healthcare bill that would insure hundreds of thousands of uninsured men and women stuck in the “Florida Coverage Gap.” Those are your fellow conservative Republican legislators who worked their butts off to craft and pass this legislation. They even came back at it three times to make it as conservatively charmed…

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Today on Context Florida: Floridian spending power, Franklin Graham, Escambia kids and Mark Foley

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Today on Context Florida: Presidential candidates talking about the national economy should be concerned with the spending power of the average Floridian, says Dale Brill. What Florida voters signal via the ballot box likely will be influenced by their weakening spending power and reactions to policies that offer viable solutions. How are Floridians doing? Let’s turn to the numbers. Trends across four indicators provide a starting point for conversations about the health of Florida’s economy: median household income; personal income per…

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Today on Context Florida: Jeb’s fumble, festering unrest, community worth and anger

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Today on Context Florida: Campaigns are not foreign to Jeb Bush, says Bob Sparks. However, while Jeb is not an official candidate for president yet, he spent precious time trying to recover a surprising fumble. He dropped the ball on the national stage not from a hard-hitting question by a reporter seeking a “gotcha” response, but from Fox News prime-time star Megyn Kelly. Marc Yacht says the seeds of anarchy and civic instability are rooted in poverty, unemployment, poor education, lack…

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Today on Context Florida: Tallahassee twerps, Crisafulli rants, family intrusions and stormwater

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Today on Context Florida: Florence Snyder says that Rep. Matt Gaetz isn’t the only Tallahassee twerp to publicly disrespect his elders and betters, but he’s the first in memory to be called to account in the court of public opinion. Gaetz is better known as a master of the Twitterverse, where he spends a lot of time burnishing his credentials as the Eric Cartman of the lower chamber. Speaker Steve Crisafulli criticized a recent Supreme Court finding that the House adjourning…

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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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