Today on Context Florida: Scott’s Amnesia, Michael Brown, primary day and women in sports

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Today on Context Florida:

Rick Scott is in the midst of his “amnesia tour,” says former state Sen. Dan Gelber. Thursday he announced that if you re-elect him, he would bring education spending to record levels, even though it Rick Scott who sought the largest education cut in Florida history. Last week, he announced he wants to restore Florida’s waterways even though Scott dismantled and gutted Florida’s environmental protections.

Unlike the pure, rabid racism of a half century ago, Daniel Tilson notes that the murder of Michael Brown in Missouri seems equally, deeply rooted in economic discrimination. With racism, economic discrimination and the murder of innocents still plaguing us 50 years after Freedom Summer, that kind of disingenuous disconnection from contextual reality is a crying shame.

Florida’s primary election is today, writes Florida TaxWatch CEO Dominic Calabro, and primaries are just as important as the general elections. In some instances, people are elected based on the results of a primary race; there is no opportunity to vote again in later months.

Richard E. Lapchick, director of The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida, feels especially embarrassed that colleges have the worst record in sports for hiring women and people of color. While that has always been the case, the opportunities for women have gotten substantially worse. That is difficult to absorb many years after the passage of Title IX.

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