Today on Context Florida: Election 2014 narrative, Adam Hollingsworth, Sensitive Joe and Democrat post-mortem

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Today on Context Florida:

Daniel Tilson says Election 2014 has strengthened the grip of big business and rich folks on Florida government and economic policy. The Florida Democratic Party (FDP) let the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) write and own the “narrative,” the storyline of what has and hasn’t happened in the economy on their watch, and why. That left the Florida Legislature with an even larger Republican majority than before.

The first sign of trouble for Adam Hollingsworth, writes Peter Schorsch, arrived via email one year ago yesterday, when Miami Herald reporter Marc Caputo emailed Gov. Rick Scott’s communications director, Melissa Sellers, with a pointed question. “I’m hearing Hollingsworth was fired from CSX for lying about his academic credentials. True?”

Human beings are complex, notes Julie Delegal. Some of the most creative, curious, intelligent and sensitive individuals also bear the most risk for spiraling into deadly neuro-behavioral disorders. And so it was with “Sensitive Joe,” the college fraternity nickname given years ago to Myron May, a young attorney who shot three people at the Florida State University library.

Following their wipeout at the hands of Republicans two weeks ago, Democrats announced they would conduct a “top-to-bottom assessment” of their performance. Bob Sparks suggests that Democrats’ assessment would do well to look at those at the top of the party food chain. After disastrous losses, parties expect to consider turning over the leadership to someone, or a team, with different ideas.

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