Today on Context Florida: Bush’s electoral gap, Cuba, Bob Gabordi and Amendment 1

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Today on Context Florida:

Since there has been more than 150 years since a successful candidate had a 14-year gap between his last election and winning the presidency, Peter Schorsch asks one question: Did Jeb Bush possibly miss the boat on a trip to the White House?

Daniel Tilson’s half-Cuban cousin Jesse has been his personal policy adviser on Cuba for years. To Tilson, Jesse and millions of other Americans – including a whole lot of Cuban Americans – normalizing relations with Cuba was a no-brainer whose time had come years and years ago, but which had to wait until we had a president with Barack Obama’s cojones.

With the departure of out-of-towner Bob Gabordi from the Tallahassee Democrat, Adam Weinstein says there is a chance — slim, to be sure, but a still a chance — that Florida’s capital may finally get the newspaper it deserves. Which is to say, it may finally get a newspaper.

Supporters of paved bicycling trails have big plans for Florida, and are turning them into reality. But Bruce Ritchie says they also need some help from Amendment 1. Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation is asking that 10 percent of the funding under Amendment 1 be provided to complete the statewide trails system.

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