Today on Context Florida: Polio, Fangate, Fanghazi and the Florida environment

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Today on Context Florida:

After seeing a blurb about a meeting of the Boca Area Post Polio Group, Rachel Patron recalls a friend who had polio as a child in the 1950s, about the same time as violinist Itzhak Perlman. This friend recovered enough so that for decades no one could guess that he had been stricken as a child. Yet, he later began to suffer from weakness and fatigue.

If the election for Florida governor took place today, less than 24 hours after “Fangate” or “Fanghazi,” Peter Schorsch says it is likely Democrat Charlie Crist would win his old job back. Not by much, but by the few points afforded to him by Republican Rick Scott’s for-the-history-books petulance.

Gov. Rick Scott’s remarkable bid for re-election in 2014 was blown away Wednesday night, says Daniel Tilson. However, more than “Fangate,” what is remarkable is that a governor with a history of questionable ethics and conservative extremism went into the debate with any hope at all of winning a second term – much less a 50-50 shot at it.

Although an electric fan received the most media attention, Bruce Ritchie notes that environment was front and center in Wednesday’s gubernatorial debate. A month from now, however the impact of the election on the environment will be more important than who looked stupidest because of “fangate.”

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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.