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Today on Context Florida: GOP flips the bird, Baltimore, Earth Day and tainted FBI testimony

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Today on Context Florida:

With nearly four days left in the Florida Legislature’s regular session, Speaker Steve Crisafulli and House Republicans essentially flipped us the bird and flew home, says Daniel Tilson. The political class in Tallahassee likes to call such adjournment of each year’s session by its traditional Latin name, Sine Die. But given the shocking way it went down, no such lofty labels are in order.

Steven Kurlander says the lessons of Baltimore are that Americans need to wake up and notice how misuse of words and arguments in both Baltimore and Ferguson leads to violent behavior. That behavior must not be tolerated, since there is no right to riot, nor should there be tolerance of it on any city street.

Last week Kristin Jacobs had the honor and the privilege to stand with President Obama on the 45th annual celebration/recognition of Earth Day. What inspired her most was Obama’s sense of optimism. He was unwavering and reassuring in his desire to stand above the political fray, to ignore the doubters and deniers, and to begin tackling the single largest challenge facing our generation … and we know what she is talking about.

Tainted FBI evidence puts Florida convictions in doubt, says Martin Dyckman. At least 42 Floridians have gone to prison, including one who was executed and as many as nine who remain on death row, after trials in which FBI “experts” gave testimony that the agency now concedes to have been unscientific.

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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 phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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