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Today on Context Florida: Bush Christian speech, war on poor, Babe Ruth and Avenir 3.0

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Today on Context Florida:

Jeb Bush gave a speech last week that Steven Kurlander says should have received more attention that it did in the 24-7 news cycle. Bush incorporated two important tenets in his message that can unite divergent voters to vote Republican in 2016: the preservation of basic religious freedom within the traditional conservative argument against big government.

President Lyndon Johnson publicly declared “War on Poverty” in 1964. In 2011, Rick Scott took office as Florida governor and that is when Daniel Tilson says he began waging secretive, undeclared war on Florida’s poor. Scott swooped into office with what seemed an ax to grind against people unable to pull themselves up by the bootstraps and make it big like he did.

One hundred years ago this month, Babe Ruth strode to the plate and cracked his first major league home run. Twenty years later he would hit No. 714, a milestone that would stand for generations. Richard Crepeau says the clout of Ruth’s first homer is still felt a century later.

One of the first things to remember from a college business class is the first rule of marketing is to “create a need people don’t know they have.” Timothy Hullihan lists reasons why Palm Beach Gardens and Palm Beach County should shun Avenir 3.0, which rebrands the Vavrus Ranch development as a simple and pragmatic solution to a host of problems the city is not aware of.

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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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