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Today on Context Florida: Solar regulation, rule of law, financial literacy and Apple & the FBI

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Jim Kallinger and Dick Batchelor wrote in Context Florida last week that voters should support “Amendment 1,” which seeks to regulate solar energy in Florida. They disclose at the end of the article that they work for “Consumers for Smart Solar.” Julie Delegal reminds voters that they may not know “Consumers for Smart Solar” is a bankrolled front for Big Energy, which wants to control solar energy in Florida, and is looking to suppress competition from rooftop solar.

The Obama administration is applying a full-court press on the issue of the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy created by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. President Barack Obama made the case for his nominee last week at the University of Chicago Law School, an institution that the White House said “helped shape his dedication to the rule of law.” With all this talk about the rule of law — a foundational principle in America — Jesse Panuccio says it’s important to understand just what it means.

Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders and influencers. Drew Breakspear believes we must equip them with the tools they need to be successful, which includes knowledge about money, credit, debt and investments. Understanding how money works is the cornerstone of financial stability and success. It is critical to the future of our economy that our children be financially literate so that they can make sound financial decisions.

To Blake Dowling, the battle between Apple and the FBI is one of the most controversial technology stories of the year. The FBI, while trying to get into the phone of the two San Bernardino terrorists, took Apple to court. The agency demanded that Apple help the agency get data off the locked phone and then said “never mind.” Apple then asked, why the “never mind”? The FBI hired its own hackers and one or more of them were able to get the data off the iPhone.

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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 His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, 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 and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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