Today on Context Florida: Low turnout, wood pellets, vaccines & autism and liberals

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Today on Context Florida:

Daniel Tilson suggests maybe it is time Florida took a cue from Los Angeles and considered making election ballots double as lottery tickets. Statewide turnout in this week’s primary elections was 17.55 percent, lowest since 1998. In Southeast Florida’s three Democratic Party strongholds, it was worse.

The wood pellet industry says it is producing a sustainable alternative energy source and cleaner alternative to coal. However, Bruce Ritchie notes an increasing chorus of scientists and environmentalists that question those claims. He adds that the issue requires continued media coverage along with scientific research, dialogue and unemotional debate.

Just when Julie Delegal reached inner peace about vaccines and autism, the specter of a link has reared its ugly head again — on Twitter, on Facebook, on CNN’s user-generated “iReport” website. It’s hard enough sorting through autism science. But parents like Delegal, whose children are affected by the potentially devastating neuro-developmental condition, also have to deal with the profound emotions that get triggered by the new allegations.

Just as the success of the Tea Party in converting the disgust of conservative voters with American politics into wins in primary races since 2010, Steve Kurlander says there is a corresponding, if not greater anger, on the American left. Some liberals feel abandoned by President Barack Obama and entrenched “liberals” in the Democratic Party.

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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 HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, 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 phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.