Today on Context Florida: Charming Jeter, pot & docs, John Thrasher and an even governor’s race

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Today on Context Florida:

Steven Kurlander points out the contrast between players like Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who knocked his fiancé unconscious in a hotel elevator, and three other NFL players recently accused of violence, and the usually charming Yankee Derek Jeter. Kurland notes that it should serve as the beginning of a discussion about how professional athletes should be taught to behave both on and off the field.

Long overdue, after four decades of criminal prosecutions, the passage of Amendment 2 will put your use of marijuana in the hands of physicians you trust. Norm Kent notes that the strategic and glorious part of this proposal is that it allows patients to acquire their medicine with a written certification from their doctor, just as you get prescriptions for other private, medical needs.

Don Gaetz knows what it is like to oppose John Thrasher. Gaetz was a very junior senator facing one of Florida’s most respected, influential leaders who believed, on his side, just as strongly as he did. But when the battle was over, the first hand stretched out in friendship was John Thrasher’s. Defining Thrasher’s life is an unrelenting search for unifying solutions among people of good will and will always do more than his part.

With five weeks left the Florida governor’s race, Peter Schorsch says the contest is nearly where prognosticators expected it to be. The most recent numbers by data guru Nate Silver, the most reliable pollsters operating this cycle in the state, peg the race at Rick Scott 43 percent, Charlie Crist 42 percent. In other words, after nearly a year of brutal, expensive campaigning, the two candidates have about the same amount of resources left at their disposal, and only so much time and capacity to spend it.

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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.