Today on Context Florida: Uncontested elections, the World Cup, technology and political correctness

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Today on Context Florida:

Forty-five legislative districts in Florida will feature coronations rather than elections come November. Daniel Tilson sees those uncontested elections as both unacceptable and un-American. The only way such calculated deception can be uncovered is if it is consistently questioned and challenged.

Bob Sparks points out that between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday, Republicans, Democrats and independents were cheering the United States men’s soccer (football, if you will) team against Portugal in the 2014 World Cup. That same unity occurred during the same time last Tuesday when the Americans edged Ghana, 2-1. Many watching may know little or next to nothing about the sport, other than the USA was playing. That is good enough.

Strong leadership often makes the difference between success and failure, says Dominic Calabro, and the state is all too familiar with failure in the arena of technology management.  Florida has repeatedly had problems managing and using technology at the state level. Several agencies failed to take control of the issue, resulting in more than $100 million wasted on failed projects in the last decade alone. Florida simply can’t afford weak leadership, Calabro adds, and we can’t afford more failure.

In an age where governments and the mass media embrace liberal political correctness to frame our governance, news and events, Steve Kurlander notes a corresponding demand to be bland. Cases in point are the push to change the name of the Washington Redskins, and the backlash against George Will after he wrote against recent federal pronouncements about the need for better protection against sexual assaults on American campuses.

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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.