Today on Context Florida: Deer-dog hunting, Nixon, win numbers and the sin of losing

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Today on Context Florida:

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) issues permits to people who like to “hunt” by setting packs of dogs loose on unsuspecting deer. Dogs scare the deer out of the woods and into the waiting gaze of a riflescope, called “deer-dog hunting.” Peter Schorsch notes that these permits are also for inside the Blackwater Wildlife Management Area (BWMA) where some individuals own large parcels of private property, and are harassed by dogs on the hunt.

Kevin Cate says that after Republicans have dominated state government for two-plus decades, Florida Democrats should change the rules, just as they did in 1961, when Democrats were scared of presidential election cycles screwing up their dominance of state government, specifically Nixon vs. Kennedy.

Florida Election 2014 number crunching and tealeaf reading may be essential information for political parties, campaigns and outside organizations decide which voters to target; a lifeblood for field directors identifying “win numbers” and trying to stitch various voting blocs together into victory. However, Daniel Tilson says it does not take the place of gut-level empathy and finger-on-the-pulse insight into how people are feeling and doing in the real world, outside politics.

President Barack Obama held a news conference the day after the embarrassing Democratic defeat on Election Day. Reporters said they were surprised that he was not “repentant” and showed no “contrition.” What is with the Catholic coda, asks Rachel Patron. Losing an election, even by such awful margins, is a defeat — but not a sin!

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