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Today on Context Florida: Donald Trump and Marco Rubio, Hispanics and tax reform

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Today on Context Florida:

While stopping Donald Trump may be a noble motivation, Jac VerSteeg says it probably isn’t sufficient. Voters judging incumbents – and that’s what Marco Rubio is in Florida – want to know what the incumbent has done for them while in office. In Rubio’s case, that’s close to nothing. In 2010, he was elected to the Senate with almost 49 percent of the vote. Independent Charlie Crist got nearly 30 percent and Democrat Kendrick Meek about 20.  Republicans liked Rubio because they considered Crist a traitor for literally embracing President Barack Obama’s stimulus. Meek was the spoiler who ensured Rubio’s victory. Florida’s important Hispanic voters saw Rubio as one of their own.

Bill Day’s latest:


The Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce represents more than 3 million Hispanics and has affiliations with 150 local Hispanic chambers in the Sunshine State. President and CEO Julio Fuentes calls it a diverse group of business people and advocates who don’t agree on everything, but are uniform in our strong belief in the need for a major overhaul of our nation’s outdated, overly complicated, and growth-killing tax code. That’s why Fuentes is calling on our federal representatives and the current field of presidential candidates to make tax reform a priority in the halls of Congress and on the campaign trail.

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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 His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, 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 and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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