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Today on Context Florida: Alan Grayson, Florida Supreme Court and Go Set a Watchman

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Today on Context Florida:

Supporters and detractors of U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson agree: He’s a lightning rod. The Republican Party of Florida loves this about him because it provides fresh material for attack ads. The Democratic establishment hates it because it screws up the possibility of having a clean, organized, efficient, and mostly boring primary. But politics is supposed to be about passion says Chris Timmons. It is supposed to be fun.

The Florida Supreme Court has the final say in all things concerning the Florida Constitution. When it comes to redistricting, says Bob Sparks, they have assumed the lead role in the process. No one, other than a fellow justice, has the clout to tell them they might be exceeding their authority. The redistricting process resumes on August 10.

Catherine Durkin Robinson asks: Did you go out and buy a copy of “Go Set a Watchman”? Naturally, it is the literary sensation of the summer. But despite critics’ warnings, if you’re a fan and insist on reading it, please don’t let “Go Set a Watchman” destroy “To Kill a Mockingbird” for you. Harper Lee’s new book simply makes her old classic, with its youthful optimism and sincerity, that much better.

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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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