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Today on Context Florida: Electoral College, Middle-Class Champions, sharing bathrooms and mindfulness

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Today on Context Florida: Voters don’t understand, or like, the Electoral College, says Darryl Paulson. He offers a few basic facts about the electoral-college system. First, very few voters understand how it works. Second, most voters hate the system. Third, the system is almost impossible to change. Those who drafted the Constitution had little trust in democracy. James Madison, in The Federalist Papers, wrote that unfettered majorities tend toward “tyranny.” John Adams, signer of the Declaration of Independence and second President,…

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Today on Context Florida: Antonin Scalia, education improvement, computer coding, volunteerism and John Armstrong & AIDS

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Today on Context Florida: Mitch McConnell couldn’t even wait until Justice Antonin Scalia’s corpse was cold before exploiting his death for partisan politics, says Martin Dyckman. The oleaginous majority leader means to keep the seat empty, no matter the likelihood of that paralyzing the sharply divided Supreme Court for a year, on the chance that voters might elect a Republican president to appoint Scalia’s replacement. The people, he said, “should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court…

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Today on Context Florida: #BadDealforFlorida, alimony reform and Good Karma $1

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Today on Context Florida: When state lawmakers approved the original 2010 gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe, John Sowinski says they promised Florida residents it would serve as a firewall against the further expansion of gambling. The proposed renewal of the compact is a complete violation of that trust. In fact, he adds, the renegotiated compact will lead to the largest gambling expansion in state history, taking South Florida in the direction of Las Vegas and Atlantic City while creating pressure…

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Today on Context Florida: Relativity & the GOP, the best leap and new Martin row houses

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Today on Context Florida: The race for the Republican presidential nomination is a dilemma of who might do the least harm rather than the most good, says Martin Dyckman. It’s stretching relativity to the breaking point. In Ike’s day, it was unthinkable for any serious Republican candidate to propose policies that would engorge the national debt. But the leading Republican candidate would do just that, cloaking his demagogic opportunism in a veneer of tax cuts for everyone. Traci Evison writes that…

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Today on Context Florida: Florida’s Constitution & the courts, trumping the GOP and handling grief

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Today on Context Florida: It’s been fun blaming the Florida Legislature for gerrymandering and all that, Henry Kelley says, but GOP state Rep. Mike Hill from Pensacola penned an interesting letter to House Speaker Steve Crisafulli. In part, he wrote: “Under the guise of interpreting Sections 20 and 21 of Article III of the Florida Constitution — Florida’s new Redistricting Amendments — the court is systematically rewriting the Constitution,” Hill wrote. “Most significantly, the Court has cast aside the notion of…

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