Today on Context Florida: Republican minority, PSC, Lorenzo Cain and cultural dialogue

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Today on Context Florida:

Anti-government, anti-Obama, anti-Democratic Party, hardcore conservative voters constitute a majority of the 4.1 million or so registered Republicans in Florida, says Daniel Tilson. However, they are a minority of the state electorate overall, representing maybe a third of 12 million registered voters statewide. Democrats and independents who comprise the large majority of voters repeatedly let these extreme conservatives pick our governor, state legislators and public policy priorities.

The title of the Florida Public Service Commission is about as relevant to reality as that of the People’s Republic of China, writes Martin Dyckman. The true constituency is a narrow group of self-perpetuating special interests. Making public interest the true constituency of the PSC ought to be high on the agenda of the Constitution Revision Commission, to be appointed in 2017. Whether that can happen depends on who Florida elects governor and attorney general on Nov. 4.

Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain, a native of Madison County, has toiled in anonymity in the smaller markets of Milwaukee and Kansas City. Until now, says Bob Sparks. Baseball fans will tune into the World Series this week. For those who infrequently watch baseball, please watch a few innings and check out Floridian Lorenzo Cain. You will get to see a professional who puts everything he has into his job.

When defining the ethnicity, gender and race of American society, Anthony Major finds it is interrelated with the cultural dialogue. The African-American experience has always been tied to those topics. The arts can have a significant impact on changing the perception of the people caught up in this racial divide.

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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.