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Today on Context Florida: Betting on Marco Rubio, the black experience and desperate leaders

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Today on Context Florida:

Earlier this week, POLITICO ran “5 Reasons to bet $5 on Marco Rubio,” trying to make the case for a path to the presidency for Florida’s junior senator. But Peter Schorsch says that Jeb Bush, whose rumors of his demise have been exaggerated, dominates the field in a number of predictive categories. For fun, he might consider betting $5 on Rubio; but to pay the mortgage, Schorsch will be betting on Bush.

Chris Timmons believes it is time the GOP realizes the human complexity of the black experience in America. Blacks need more than ideological reductionism — a reductionism that says all they want is “public giveaways” and to freeload off the Silent Majority.

Catherine Durkin Robinson is done, finished with leaders desperate to get elected. For liberals, celebrating the political demise of John Boehner, she says, “Stop.” He was a moderate and a decent one at that. In line to take his place are people who make Rand Paul seem reasonable. Now that he is leaving, Robinson says it does not bode well for Congress, its ability to govern effectively, or the fate of our country’s poor and disenfranchised, for the foreseeable future.

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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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