Today on Context Florida: Cantor’s loss, teacher job security, Scott v. Crist and Father’s Day

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Today on Context Florida:

The stunning loss of Eric Cantor in the GOP Virginia primary last Tuesday will only lead to a more rancorous political scene, says Martin Dyckman. Cantor was swept away by the angry current of populism that he, the Koch Brothers and Karl Rove encouraged so long as they thought they could control it.

A recent California judge’s ruling threatens teacher tenure and further undermines job security for teachers, writes Marc Yacht. Public school teachers continue to feel the brunt of political opportunists, unfair evaluations, and the conservative push to privatized education, inadequate funding for the classroom and lack of wage increases.

Former State Sen. John Grant has a prediction for the summer and fall elections, which are in full swing; the Scott vs. Crist campaign is going to be ugly and expensive. Each has high name recognition and each has served as governor. Both are all over the state taking credit for whatever good may have happened and blaming the other for anything bad. Grant even heard someone blame Scott for global warming.

Family-related holidays bring out the best in people, according to Ed Moore. So at the marking another Father’s Day, Moore writes for his kids, so they can know how much he loves them and how much he cares.

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