Today on Context Florida: Democrats, Hobby Lobby, contraception and the Declaration of Independence

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Today on Context Florida:

During the recent “Leadership Blue Gala” fundraiser and statewide membership meeting, Florida Democratic Party leaders say it is very hard to recruit candidates for local legislative races. Daniel Tilson wonders why Democrats, liberals, progressives (and independents) put up with hearing the same old story, election cycle after election cycle.

No matter what some people may think God intended, they cannot discriminate based on race, color, sex, religion or national origin; that is, says Martin Dyckman, unless the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision is precisely the slippery slope of which Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg warned in her detailed dissent.

One week has passed since the U.S. Supreme Court decided the case known as Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., and Bob Sparks notes the overheated rhetoric misleading the public into believing Hobby Lobby is preventing the company’s female employees from gaining access to contraceptives.  This, in the kindest use of the English language, is nonsense on stilts.

Many patriotic editorials and articles written during the July 4 holiday talked about the significance of the Declaration of Independence, mostly focusing on the preamble. Martin Dyckman points out that the Declaration is a revolutionary document signed by radical men. If it was read on a regular basis, the way we are governed might be a lot different.

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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.