Today on Context Florida: Craft beer, abortions, corporate welfare and Jeb Bush

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Today on Context Florida: When it comes to the craft beer industry in Florida, Fort Walton Beach Tea Party founder Henry Kelley points out a disturbing trend: cronyism is trumping good policy as normally pro-business, anti-regulation legislators are pressured by major distributors (like Budweiser) into using the law to hamper local competition.

Celebrating the decline in abortions in America, former State Sen. John Grant believes that as long as Western civilization embraces “fetal homicide” on demand, we will “continue to sink further into the mire of moral relativism and societal decline.”

As elected officials quietly construct and perpetuate a corporate welfare scheme, Daniel Tilson says that Floridians are resigned to a system that “is what it is.” Maybe one of these years, he adds, social conservatives in the Tea Party will team up with social liberals in the progressive movement on a grassroots “End Corporate Welfare” campaign.

While Jeb Bush considers a White House run in 2016, Florida Board of Governors member Alan Levine shares a few “random thoughts” on how the former governor is able to bring the type of leadership needed in America.

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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.