Today on Context Florida: compassionate Republicans, 2016 slugfest, GOP and blacks, and funding water projects

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Today on Context Florida, Peter Schorsch gets things going by explaining why Florida Republicans like Will Weatherford and Matt Gaetz are taking on supposedly “liberal” stances. It is equal parts logic and compassion, Schorsch writes.

Daniel Tilson previews the “2016 slugfest” between Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton, giving 60-40 odds of it happening.

In the wake of Florida House GOP candidate Joshua Black’s MLK Day tweet about President Obama, Darryl Paulson examines the change in the complex relationship between Republicans and people of color.  

Funding water projects, like the Caloosahatchee River, should be the top priority for Florida’s 2014 legislative session, says Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass. There has been much talk on the local level, but not as much discussion from the state or federal government.

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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 HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, 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 phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.