Today on Context Florida: Unofficial poll, de facto theocracy, short memories and Amendment 2

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Today on Context Florida:

In an unofficial follow-up poll in Florida’s 2014 Rick Scott-Charlie Crist race, Daniel Tilson spoke with Bobby, his sometimes auto mechanic. In 2010, Bobby – a middle-class white Democrat – said he was backing then-unknown millionaire businessman Rick Scott. This time, Bobby is undecided, but still leaning a little to the right.

Stephen Goldstein believes that the United States has devolved into a de facto theocracy. Religion — or, more exactly what a relative handful of schemers has perpetrated in the name of religion — has trashed the Constitution, he writes. Ramped-up battles are being fought to trash LGBT civil rights, but Rampaging Religion is on the wrong side of history.

Campaigns begin long before Labor Day each year, but Bob Sparks points out the attention span of millions of voters prior to September is short. What is said and done during the fall by incumbents and challengers runs a great risk of defining a candidate and his or her party. The results can be devastating.

Last week’s Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Bob Graham Center poll on Amendment 2, which would legalize medical marijuana, indicates that only 56.7 percent of likely voters are supporting the amendment. This is good news for Barney Bishop and others who oppose the amendment, but much can change.

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