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Today on Context Florida: Florida’s bad bet, Marco Rubio, little Donnie Trump and weather-related crisis

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Today on Context Florida:

Former Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp says expansion of gambling is a “bad bet” for Florida. When the current state constitution was approved in 1968 the only approved gambling involved pari-mutuels: dog tracks, horse tracks and jai alai. They had been in operation for decades and considered sporting events you could bet on. Since the constitution was passed, the voters of Florida have rejected amendments to allow casino gambling three times: in 1978, 1986 and 1994. When the constitution revision was approved by voters it was never contemplated that racetracks would be converted to casinos. However, that’s what the gambling proposal now moving in the Legislature would do.

Floridians, Ed Moore encourages you to support Marco Rubio. From a Floridian’s perspective, he is the best chance to derail the biggest loser, while offering the most positive possibilities for governance. More knows Marco pretty well. He shared a suite with him years ago, our offices were very close. During that time, Moore worked about 70 hours a week on policy issues and Marco was often in the office very late, although he did take time to go home many evenings to spend time with his young family, only to come back to work after his children went to bed. He has grown much since then.

Recently, a prominent individual chastised another prominent individual for his behavior and accused him of not being a Christian. No, Darryl Paulson is not talking about Pope Francis. He is talking about Little Donnie Trump. Little Donnie attacked Ted Cruz’s religious credentials on Feb 12. “How can Ted Cruz be an evangelical Christian when he lies so much and is so dishonesty?” This came from the person just seated by PolitiFact as the Lie of the Year after they examined 77 of Little Donnie’s statements and found 76 percent to be False, Mostly False or “Pants on Fire.”

Phillip Roland says it’s not surprising that David Guest and his radical Earthjustice group would use a true weather-related crisis – record rain and flooding across Central and South Florida – to level yet another mean-spirited and false assault on local farmers living and working in the Everglades Agricultural Area.

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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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