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Today on Context Florida: I’ve got a (political) secret, Donald Trump & Paul Ryan, Pam Bondi and Kansas

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Thanks to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Martin Dyckman says the campaign for president has become in part a bizarre version of the old celebrity game show, “I’ve Got a Secret.” This time, however, we know what secrets are being kept. We just don’t know the details, or what devils may be in them. Clinton’s are the transcripts of those pricey Wall Street speeches. But that’s petty stuff compared to what may be in Trump’s income tax returns. Neither candidate has a plausible excuse for stonewalling the public.

What is more appealing for Democrats like Ben Pollara? Donald Trump as the Republican nominee, or a fractured convention that produces a nominee who received no Republican primary votes, like Paul Ryan? Pollara says they both sound pretty good, and likely to culminate in a Hillary Clinton presidency. But it’s not up to Democrats, and the questions Republicans should be asking themselves have more serious consequences for both their party and our system of governance.

As Donald Trump marches closer to the Republican nomination for president, more prominent elected officials are endorsing him. Florida Gov. Rick Scott is the latest, giving his approval following Trump’s blowout victory in Florida on Tuesday. The day before the primary, Attorney General Pam Bondi endorsed Trump, the part-time resident of Palm Beach County. Bob Sparks notes that the reaction by some Republicans was an example of how deep and wide the gulf within the party has become.

A group of state senators in Kansas hope to undo by legislative fiat that which our Founding Fathers literally crafted by the sweat of their brow in the Philadelphia summer of 1787 — an independent judiciary. Isaac Ruiz-Carus reports on the Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee, which recommended to the full Senate to pass Senate Bill 439 – entitled, “Grounds for impeachment of supreme court and certain judges of the district court.” The bill, according to Ruiz-Carus, is an affront to the principles embodied in the Constitution and signals the single biggest threat to an independent judiciary in modern time.

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