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Today on Context Florida: Marco Rubio’s rise and fall, fratricide model of politics, Hillary Clinton smiles and additional job skills

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Today on Context Florida:

Darryl Paulson discusses the meteoric rise, and eventual fall, of Marco Rubio. From winning a seat on the West Miami City Council in the 1990s, to winning a special election by 64 votes to earn a seat in the Florida House, to his stunning victory over Republican Gov. Charlie Crist in the 2010 U.S. Senate race, Rubio’s political career has been impressive. Many Republicans viewed Rubio as the future face of the party. Young, articulate, conservative and Hispanic, he was the ideal candidate. What went wrong?

Rubio was convinced the Fratricide Model of politics was his ticket to the top. Now, after one brilliant win and one spectacular loss, Jac VerSteeg says the Florida senator claims to have renounced the model. He will not, he says, run for governor in 2018. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam need not fear a Rubio challenge. We won’t have Marco Rubio to kick around anymore, asks VerSteeg.

What do you care whether Hillary Clinton smiles, gets her hair done or stays married to Bill? You don’t, says Linda Cunningham. The woman who won the Florida presidential primary March 15 is inches away from securing the Democratic nomination for president. She’s spent so many years in the public spotlight that there can’t be a mole on her backside that hasn’t been discovered. She’s performed admirably as a senator and as secretary of state. She did the First Lady thing darn near coloring inside the Jackie O lines (well, except for that health care bungle.) That’s just it. Hillary Clinton has a track record, complete with catastrophic slips and falls from which she dusted off, slapped on a Band-Aid and kept going.

Michael Preston believes by learning additional skills, college graduates can vastly enhance their prospects – both jobs and in earning potential. According to the employment trend experts at the Boston firm Burning Glass, more and more jobs will not only require a degree but also additional credentialing focused on a number of skills, including information technology, sales, graphic design, computer coding and programming, and assessment. A student coming out of college this year with a liberal arts degree will find nearly 1 million job opportunities tailored to his or her degree. That sounds like a lot, Preston adds. However, add one certification and the job prospects nearly double to 1.8 million anticipated openings.

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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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