Today on Context Florida: Entrapment, Florida Democrats, Tea Party and local government

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Today on Context Florida:

Although it would seem there are few things worse than a 24-year-old man seeking sex from a 13-year-old girl, in the case of a young Gainesville man named JFD who may have been entrapped in a sting operation, Martin Dyckman points out that things sometimes are not what they seem.

Daniel Tilson writes that the Florida Democratic Party will proudly display some shiny moving parts this weekend at a swank hotel in Hollywood, at Saturday night’s $225 per person “Leadership Blue Gala,” starring Bill Clinton as keynote speaker. And yet, the Florida Democratic Party establishment remains unable or unwilling to reinvent itself in ways that engage with and inspire new and infrequent voters.

In the recently finished “controversial” GOP primaries, Jamie Miller notes that Tea Party activists have been successful in branding long-time politicians, many of whom have been battling for conservative causes for decades, as RINOs (Republican in Name Only), establishment Republicans, or even the dreaded “L” word, liberals.

While local governments play a fundamental role in our democracy, pollster Kevin Sweeny states that only the most active advocates understand how responsive local politicians can be to their needs. Local government has an enormous impact on the lives of residents and local officials (at least in part) control schools, water, police, fire, roads, waste, health and sewage.

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