Today on Context Florida: Rick Scott, surprise losers, FSU shooting and dogs

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Today on Context Florida:

Gov. Rick Scott’s 2014 re-election campaign manager and deputy manager issued a joint memo Sunday to “interested parties,” which Daniel Tilson notes was a plan to get a boldly self-congratulatory status update in front of as many eyes as possible. However, what the memo serves up most effectively is a reminder that arrogance remains at the hostile heart of a campaign built on deception and divisiveness.

Peter Schorsch writes about a study finding that supporters who backed a “surprise loser” in an election often have less trust in government and democracy following the loss. Another finding was that news consumption habits had a lot to do with determining whether Romney supporters felt disillusioned after Obama won.

Tallahassee was recently rocked by the high profile shooting of a Florida State law professor. Andrew Skerritt says that gun violence is not unique to Tallahassee. St. Petersburg, Jacksonville and Miami residents see their share of senseless gun violence. After all, this is Florida. Nevertheless, a city that prides itself in looking forward must stand back and take a hard look at itself.

Over the years, Marc Yacht has had many dogs. They are pure spirits, he says. An occasional pet or scratch on the belly, and regular meals, will make a loyal friend for life. Dogs, they are family. They know how to make us love them and we do.

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