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Today on Context Florida: Education governor, Jeb Bush’s religion, coming together and connections

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Today on Context Florida:

Jeb Bush earned the moniker of Florida’s “Education Governor” because he made education his primary policy focus while in office and the area he most focused on since. As he prepares to run for higher office, Bush now relies on his “education revolution” to make his case. But is Florida really a model for a national education renaissance, asks Dan Gelber.

Jac Wilder VerSteeg says he has to believe Jeb Bush when he says he wouldn’t let his priest – or even the pope – dictate his economic policy. In fact, if taking Jeb’s recent statements about religion seriously, an obvious conclusion is that Jeb doesn’t take his religion seriously. Sorry, priests, rabbis and pastors, we don’t want to hear your thoughts on those topics any more. Too political.

In our republic, write former Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp and Rich Ramos, the past six months has been enough to make all of us wonder whether there’s anything we can do to unify and lift us up as one nation. Almost every day another story illustrates how divided we are. They offer suggestions as to what we should do to come together as a nation.

Life is filled with connections, says Ed Moore. We live every day by perusing ourselves through a myriad of connections, even beginning each day driving to work on jammed roads, filled with cars piloted by people making their own connections. Quality of the life we live is in part determined by the steps we take and the impressions we leave with the connections we make.

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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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