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Today on Context Florida: History repeats, Andrew Jackson, Florida’s primary, momentum and school readiness

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Hoping for a moderate presidential nominee in 1972, Martin Dyckman says the Democrats who controlled the Florida Legislature set up a primary intended to award Sen. Edmund Muskie most of the state’s delegates. George Wallace won them instead – 75 of the 81 – with pluralities in all but one congressional district and 41.6 percent of the overall vote. The damage to Muskie, who placed fourth, was irreparable. It contributed significantly to the eventual nomination of the party’s most liberal candidate, George McGovern, amid a political climate that was simply not right for him. Here we go again.

If you want to better understand this year’s presidential election, Peter Schorsch says you should read about a campaign almost 200 years old. In 1828, Andrew Jackson became the first president of the United States who wasn’t a founding father or son of a founding father. Jackson rode a wave of anti-Washington sentiment all the way to the White House. His path was paved mainly by the actions of the House of Representatives in 1824. In that election, Jackson won a plurality of the popular vote, but a deal cut between John Quincy Adams and Speaker of the House Henry Clay put Adams in the White House. Adams then repaid Clay by appointing him Secretary of State.

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Steve Schale says that Florida’s presidential primary might be late, but it remains significant. He offers several interesting tidbits on the Florida primary.

In spite of herculean efforts by the RNC to undermine Donald Trump, Marc Yacht notes that he dominates the GOP race so far. A similar momentum pushes Bernie Sanders. What are the voters thinking? Trump’s thump and Bernie’s boost is sending a message to the establishment in both parties. Money, backslapping and deception may be passé. Too many voters have been betrayed. Both parties are facing voter pushback and they better listen.

Winning the school readiness battle begins way before kindergarten, says Shannon Nickinson. At T.R. Jackson Pre-K Center in Milton, it goes on every day. Dawn Alt is the director of Pre-K programs for Santa Rosa Schools. She is the former principal of Oriole Beach Elementary School, a high-poverty school in south Santa Rosa County. There are 280 students at T.R. Jackson, which also serves families and young children through Head Start and Early Head Start. Both are federal programs that aim to reducing the effect of poverty on families with young children through early education and family training and support.

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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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