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Today on Context Florida: Slinging mud, Full Sail, constitutional liberty, doing things differently and taking the stage

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Today on Context Florida: Marco Rubio and Donald Trump are slinging mud by spraying water. Jac VerSteeg suggests this may be from the unconscious influence of their ties to Florida, a vast peninsula surrounded by the sparkling aqua stuff. Trump himself is master of an estate whose name – Mar-a-Lago – derives from its proximity to two bodies of water. Rubio’s persona is shaped by the 90 miles of Florida Straits separating his family’s adopted country from Cuba’s tyranny. It is…

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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: 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: 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: 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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