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Today on Context Florida: Florida’s Constitution & the courts, trumping the GOP and handling grief

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It’s been fun blaming the Florida Legislature for gerrymandering and all that, Henry Kelley says, but GOP state Rep. Mike Hill from Pensacola penned an interesting letter to House Speaker Steve Crisafulli. In part, he wrote: “Under the guise of interpreting Sections 20 and 21 of Article III of the Florida Constitution — Florida’s new Redistricting Amendments — the court is systematically rewriting the Constitution,” Hill wrote. “Most significantly, the Court has cast aside the notion of separation of powers so vital to our Republic and indeed our State. We must act now.”

The Donald clearly trumped the field of Republican presidential wannabes in Thursday’s Ohio debate, says Marc Yacht. Can there be a politician who tells it like it is, even an unacceptable message?  Vast sums are being spent to guide candidates’ talking points, now seen as pure B.S.  Quoting Ronald Reagan, “There they go again” with just the same ol’, same ol’ piled deeper and deeper.

Over the course of the past 2½ years Traci Evison found herself in a position she never dreamed possible: Three immediate family members died. Although not all of their deaths were the same, each one was painful to me and deeply felt in its own way. Evison learned through her grief journey that those of us who remain living after the loss of a loved one have a rough road ahead. But with time and hope, things will get better.

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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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