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Today on Context Florida: Confederate flags, Hillsborough County and thank goodness for Alan Grayson

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Today on Context Florida:

With all due respect to serious prayer, Peter Schorsch says what is on the mind of every political pundit in the state or anyone who loves reading about Florida politics. As U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-No Filter Whatsoever) enters the race for U.S. Senate, we are thrilled. Yes, we are all bowing our heads and doing a Tim Tebow at our respective desks: “Dear Lord, thank you! Thank you!”

When Catherine Durkin Robinson taught high school, several students believed the Confederate flag to be a symbol of Southern pride. They wore it on t-shirts, belt buckles, or flew it from the back of their pickup trucks. These were someone else’s children, so what they wore or waved was not necessarily her concern. Robinson did encourage them, though, to be honest about the reason. “We can’t bend history and change facts to match our ideological view, no matter what Fox News will have you believe,” then she gave them some knowledge.

If you want to see how unsophisticated and implacable Republicans can be on race, Chris Timmons says you should have been at the Hillsborough County Charter Review Board (stacked with Republican functionaries) meeting. Besides the inevitable (and highly entertaining) fireworks the meeting was bound to ignite, it was the absence of even a genuine conversation and an inarticulate brandishing of Fox News talking points that made the proceedings of genuine interest. Even riotous.

Bob Sparks says there is great deal of column-inch space and cable television time devoted daily to Donald Trump. His controversial comments are analyzed, dissected and put before other candidates. Grayson, who is in a league of his own for saying outrageous things, is now running in the Democratic primary to succeed Rubio. The Republican field is wide open, but the Democrats now present an opportunity for a Trump-like primary for this seat.

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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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