Today on Context Florida: First of six-part series about black voting; three smart takes on Rick Scott

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The four columns posted Monday on Context Florida present a healthy and opinionated dialogue on politics in the Sunshine State. 

Three of the pieces involve Rick Scott: one, by Daniel Tilson, highlights the governor’s “latest Obamacare subterfuge” (i.e. his decision to block the health plan ‘navigators’); a second, by Gary Stein, questions Scott’s leadership in his failure to ram a Medicaid expansion through the Legislature as Arizona’s Jan Brewer had done; and finally, a column by Jamie Miller, finds parallels between Scott’s and Jeb Bush’s first terms, and predicts that Scott will likewise be re-elected after a tough first term.

Monday also marked the start of a six-part series about black voting in Florida.  This piece, by USF Professor of Emeritus of Government Darryl Paulson, describes the history of black voter discrimination in the Sunshine state from the Civil War to Reconstruction.

Visit Context Florida to dig in.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.