Today on Context Florida: Born-again Green, desperation, Bob Graham and trust

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Today on Context Florida:

On the “Let’s Keep Florida Beautiful” tour, Gov. Rick Scott promises a second term of spending large to remedy collapsing ecosystems, fish kills, algae-choked waters and even $1 billion for Everglades restoration, says Diane Roberts. After three-plus years of unapologetically raining what Roberts calls “untreated waste” on the state’s environment, Scott wants voters to believe he is a born-again Green.

Scott’s most-recent digital ad complains that Charlie Crist flew on a plane whose owner had previously paid a civil fine for an environmental violation. Dan Gelber notes that later, Scott launched another stunning broadside against Crist, this time accusing Crist of moving his apartment from a higher floor in his building to a slightly lower floor without changing his address with state agencies. The Tampa Tribune called it “swinging wild.” Gelber calls it desperation.

Former U. S. Senator Bob Graham is back on the campaign trail, this time helping his daughter Gwen, who is running for Congress. Bruce Ritchie writes that the former Florida governor loves it. “This reminds me of some of the happiest times of my life — when I was campaigning in Apalachicola,” Graham told reporters during a campaign stop in Franklin County.

Marc Yacht says the problem with politics is that there is simply no trust. Citizens are convinced that elected officials are not capable of honoring promises. For community needs to be met, government must be trusted. The alternative is the current erosion of public services.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.