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Today on Context Florida: Marks of progress, genitals, Mary McLeod Bethune and reforming education reform

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Today on Context Florida: Marks of progress, such as Gov. Rick Scott recently signing a bill removing John U. Lloyd’s name from the beach park and renaming it in honor of Von D. Mizell and Eula Johnson, gives Jac VerSteeg reason to hope in these days of regressionists like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, (aka Lucifer in the Flesh). Conservatives used to be all about lower taxes and smaller government. These days, says Diane Roberts, they’re all about genitals: what you…

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Today on Context Florida: Love & government, vote solar, America’s greatness and virtual public schools

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Today on Context Florida: Darryl Paulson offers a warning – never mix love and government. In 1868, Florida passed a law making it illegal for a “Negro man and a white woman … who are not married to each other … to habitually live in and occupy in the nighttime the same room.” Violation of the law was a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. Florida also made it illegal for such individuals…

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Today on Context Florida: Marco Rubio, education bang-for-buck, unlikely alliances, OMG moments and the Salt Shaker Test

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Today on Context Florida: Marco Rubio poses as a national security expert. Perhaps among the Republican contenders, he’s the closest thing they’ve got. In which case, Jac VerSteeg says, God help us all. A Washington Post story over the weekend indicates that Rubio’s interest in national security was just a pose from the beginning. As a rising star in the Florida House, Rubio lobbied hard for a spot on an elite committee to frame the state’s response to 9/11. Then, “He…

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Today on Context Florida: Replacing Scalia, Ronald Reagan, Florida’s seniors, student performance and Gasparilla Marathon

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Today on Context Florida: The already heated political rhetoric about replacing the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court is a sad spectacle. Bob Sparks called it “unseemly.” While he would personally agree with Republicans on the desire to have another brilliant originalist on the court, there will not be another Scalia anytime soon. No matter who is appointed, Sparks says, Democrats can take comfort in that reality. Ed Moore asks which GOP candidate is most like Ronald Reagan.…

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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: John Roberts, educational uniformity, Martin Shkreli’s mother, civil forfeiture and voter enthusiasm

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Today on Context Florida: Martin Dyckman says U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has hurt minorities, consumers, and democracy. His reputation as a harsh critic of the Voting Rights Act and an advocate for corporations preceded Roberts to his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2005. As chief justice, he said, he would be like a baseball umpire impartially calling balls and strikes. “Umpires don’t make the rules. They apply them,” he testified. ” … I come…

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Today on Context Florida: Florida abortions, death row inmates, welfare for the rich and National School Choice Week

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Today on Context Florida: Diane Roberts warns that Legislature’s Banana Republicans will not rest until Florida starts to be like El Salvador — minus the delicious pupusas, that is. Abortion is illegal in El Salvador — no exceptions for rape, incest or the life of the mother. Anyone who has an abortion, anyone who performs an abortion, can be jailed for murder. Uber-Baptist Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Misogyny Heights, figures El Salvador’s got it about right, Roberts says. His HB 865…

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