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Today on Context Florida: 10 political questions, gerrymandering and the Belle Glade people

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Today on Context Florida:

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled the state’s congressional maps don’t meet requirements of a voter-approved constitutional amendment prohibiting political lines drawn to favor incumbents or political parties. The court ordered the Legislature to redraw the maps. Peter Schorsch discusses 10 big questions looming over Florida politics, including: Will the Legislature appeal; what’s the timetable to redraw the lines; who’s driving the redistricting train and who will be hurt more by the decision, Gwen Graham or David Jolly?

In light of the recent Florida Supreme Court decision on gerrymandering, and given the rationale that justified the illegal redistricting lines in the first place, Julie Delegal says the words of playwright Tennessee Williams have never been more on point: “There ain’t nothin’ more powerful than the odor of mendacity. You can smell it … It smells like death.”

For those interested in learning more about the Belle Glade people from an archaeological site excavated by the Smithsonian, Catherine Martinez gives some realities to ponder. How about the second worst disaster in terms of loss of life in the history of the United States, the no-name storm of 1928 when more than 2,000 people died in an hour? How about a detailed diorama of Belle Glade in the early 1920s? The Lawrence Will Museum, which just reopened this May in Belle Glade, can help satisfy your curiosity.

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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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