Today on Context Florida: Guns, judges, horrible hosts and Florida IT

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Today on Context Florida:

It’s happened again: a sick person goes to a college campus, pulls out a gun, and starts firing. And again, says Diane Roberts, the ignorant or just plain vicious people who think the answer to gun violence is more guns squeal that if every Florida State University student, professor, groundskeeper, manager, lunchroom lady, electrician, janitor, ticket taker and rat-catcher packed heat, then everything would be grand.

The U.S. Senate has a great deal of important business left before the end of the year, but Mark Ferrulo says that one of the most critical jobs is to give yes-or-no votes to President Obama’s judicial nominees pending on the Senate floor. The Senate has a constitutional duty to advise and consent on the President’s nominees to serve as judges.

Nobody thinks they’re a horrible host, says Catherine Durkin Robinson. That’s not true. Bad guests are awful, too. In an attempt to help, Robinson tells you what everyone else says behind your back and offers tips for being a good host and a good guest.

Associated Industries of Florida President Tom Feeney notes that the information technology field in Florida and across the country has been expanding rapidly with innovative technologies and services hitting the market all the time. Unfortunately, Florida has not kept pace with changing IT policies and practices in the state government arena.

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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.