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Today on Context Florida: Florida New Majority, Jameis Winston, Amendment 1 and early release

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Today on Context Florida:

Until people of color grow into a “Florida New Majority” and change the culture, Daniel Tilson says will be putting up with a government that not only reflects, but leans into the racism that still grips a large chunk of white Florida — the Christian, hardcore conservative base of the Republican Party.

Bob Sparks discusses how the Jameis Winston sideshow will now relocate from Tallahassee to Tampa. This gifted athlete played two years without losing a regular season game, led the Seminoles to two conference titles and a national championship while winning the 2013 Heisman Trophy. Millions are also aware of some, but not all, of Winston’s off-the-field story as well.

State Sen. Wilton Simpson says because of the legislative impasse, no comprehensive legislation relating to Amendment 1 has yet been passed. Yet, he remains confident that in the budget consideration over the next several weeks, lawmakers will have another opportunity to work to ensure protection of Florida’s natural resources. There are differing views on how to accomplish this goal.

Attorney Reggie Garcia says that with nearly 101,000 individuals in 56 Florida state prisons and numerous annexes and work camps, inmates, families and supporters, lawyers, and other advocates should be aware of early-release options and strategies.

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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 [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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