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Today on Context Florida: Agricultural subsidies, the gun lobby and middle class champions

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Today on Context Florida:

Alan Farago says that for decades, conservatives have lamented federal subsidies in American farm policy. Strangely, the wailing falls silent south of the Georgia border. In Tallahassee, the glad-handing and back slapping by agriculture interests and supporters is ubiquitous. Farago adds that time to end implicit subsidies that enrich a few at the expense of many, which weaken environmental laws and protections that protect Floridians and future generations, is now.

Eric Conrad is a Southern, white, gun-owning male who worries one day his family will have to pay the price for America’s unwillingness to stand up to the gun lobby. Conrad knows that sounds counter-intuitive, but he asks to hear him out.

Florida has the wrong leaders running our state with the wrong priorities, Mark Ferrulo says, leaders such as Gov. Rick Scott and his allies in the Legislature who routinely ignore the needs of everyday Floridians. Bright spots, though, dot an otherwise dark sea of political pandering and corporate kowtowing. That’s why for the fifth consecutive year Progress Florida has recognized a group of Florida legislators as “Champions of Florida’s Middle Class” for their unwavering support on behalf of Florida’s working families.

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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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