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Diane Roberts: Yale tells Rick Scott it’s not ready to swap ivy for kudzu

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It’s springtime! and idiocy is in full Florida bloom. The state Supreme Court just ruled that a disingenuous and dissembling solar energy initiative is good to go on this November’s ballot. The proposed amendment, “masquerading as pro-solar” (in the words of dissenting justice Barbara Pariente), is sponsored by utility companies. Yes, utility companies, those nice people who charge the taxpayers for power plants they may not even build, those great environmentalists who want solar about as much as you want…

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Today on Context Florida: Fantasy sports, Rick Scott’s lone success and Missouri protests & the First Amendment

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Today on Context Florida: Peter Schorsch warns that banning daily fantasy sports, by putting it in the category of illegal gambling, might just be throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Fantasy sports is as popular as Buffalo wings and cold beer. A report in Fortune shows that 57 million North Americans are betting $465 a year each on fantasy sports, making it a $27 billion business. But what does the holier-than-thou crowd want to do? Keep people from playing daily…

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Missouri football players pressure school leaders over race

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Student protests over the way leaders of the University of Missouri have responded to racial incidents on campus escalated dramatically over the weekend when at least 30 black football players announced they will not participate in team activities until the school’s president is removed. Head coach Gary Pinkel promptly expressed solidarity with the players Sunday on Twitter by posting a picture of the team and coaches locking arms. The tweet read: “The Mizzou Family stands as one. We are united.…

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Bill Heller draws GOP challenger in H-52

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Bill Heller couldn’t ask for a better scenario: an unknown Republican, unassociated with the Tea Party, challenging him late in the election year…just what he needs to raise a boatload of money. Here’s the presser from Connie Deneault: Retired businessman and community leader Connie Deneault today announced his candidacy for State Representative in District 52, the southern Pinellas seat currently held by Representative Bill Heller. “We need leaders in Tallahassee that can work together with their fellow legislators to get…

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