Today on Context Florida: NPA, Nan Rich, L. Lamar Wilson and vaccinations

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Today on Context Florida:

Data about Florida’s Election 2014 registered voter population confirms what Daniel Tilson says that many already sense or know: Growing numbers of independent voters registered with “No Party Affiliation” (NPA) are not so slowly, steadily, throwing traditional two-party machine politics in Florida for a loop.

Stephen Goldstein believes that we should blame former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich if Charlie Crist loses next week. During her quixotic primary quest, she claimed to be the only real Democrat in the race, a lifelong liberal, ideologically pure. Right after the primary, a smiling Crist and Rich joined other Dems in Orlando for a nanosecond to profess their unity. Since then? The silence of Rich’s support has been deafening.

Andrew Skerritt writes of poet L. Lamar Wilson, who ran 15 miles on Sunday afternoon, to retrace the route taken by the white men who abducted and lynched Claude Neal 80 years ago in Marianna. Then about 40 people joined him for a brief ceremony on the front lawn of the Jackson County Courthouse.

Lori Holland, the Florida Team Leader for Meningitis Angels, was saddened by the news last week that a young Lakeland student died from apparent bacterial meningitis. She recognized that some parents are on the fence about whether to vaccinate their children, so Holland offers this one piece of advice: Please understand that the potential risk from vaccinating children is miniscule when compared to the benefits of enabling your child to live a healthy life.

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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.