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Today on Context Florida: Donald Trump great president, the best of times, smart Republicans and employment & disability

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Today on Context Florida: Stephen Kurlander forced himself the other night to watch – in totality – Donald Trump speak at two rallies in Ohio before that state’s primary. Initially, he had significant reservations about voting for him. But Kurlander says there is something inside him that says that Trump will prove himself — that he will be an evolutionary politician that will lead America into an era of prosperity and democratic leadership in the world. Deep down, Kurlander thinks Trump…

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Today on Context Florida: Office of Amusement, drug misuse, outsourcing, Michael Bloomberg and Jeffersonian ideals

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Today on Context Florida: Sen. Joe Negron’s SB 832 declares that “fantasy contests” – meaning endeavors such as DraftKings and FanDuel – “involve the skill of contest participants and do not constitute gambling, gaming or games of chance.” Jac VerSteeg says that Negron would regulate this nongambling via a newly created Office of Amusement. It’s not “gambling,” it’s an “amusement.” Which is amusing, VerSteeg says, given that Florida’s most established amusements are the amusement parks in Orlando and Tampa. They have bitterly…

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Today on Context Florida: Political prognostication, confidential applicants and tedious year-end lists

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Today on Context Florida: Political prognostication is not an exact science despite what forecasters and pundits would have readers believe. Many fall somewhere between the obvious and the inane, and often take a familiar and non-threatening shape. Bold predictions are more than just simple guesswork; they are to be conversation (and argument) starters. Real analysts do not restate the obvious, like some academics, but provide a reasonable outlook on the future, as well as a fresh take on the political landscape.…

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Today on Context Florida: Killing in God’s name, Kurly’s latke recipe and defending our Constitutions

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Today on Context Florida: There has been a lot of talk about mass shootings and the Second Amendment. Jac VerSteeg asks us to talk a little bit about mass shootings and the First Amendment. The First Amendment is a sweeping guarantee of rights for individuals, churches and the press. There are limits to the free exercise of religion, VerSteeg says. Courts have intervened, for example, when parents have refused to seek medical treatment for children because they believe God should do…

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Today on Context Florida: Thanksgiving & refugees, testing the American experiment and distracted driving

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Today on Context Florida: Thanksgiving is America’s holiday season, when we are supposed to give thanks for our blessings, gather around tables laden with festive food, and commemorate a bedraggled boatload of refugees who just showed up one day needing a decent meal and a safe place to crash. Diane Roberts says Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rick Scott take a radically different view. They want to slam the door on everyone, especially Syrians fleeing the horrors of ISIS.…

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Today on Context Florida: Sympathy, solidarity and unity with France after the Paris attacks

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Today on Context Florida: Martin Dyckman reminds us about “freedom fries,” and how Americans expressed spite towards France after they wisely declined the opportunity to participate in George W. Bush’s ego-driven war in Iraq. But in Paris on Friday, France paid a terrible price for the chaos we created when we invaded Iraq and destroyed its government with no thought of history or of the consequences beyond the premature boast, “Mission accomplished.” The evil we didn’t know proved to be worse…

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