Today on Context Florida: Gunshine State, Floridians on unions, Paula Witthaus and the Cuba embargo

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Today on Context Florida: The conviction of Michael Dunn in the shooting death of Jordan Davis only found him guilty of the shots that missed, writes Martin Dyckman. Once again, Florida — increasingly known as the “Gunshine State”— has become a theater of the absurd, Dyckman adds.

Daniel Tilson examines attitudes on the Tennessee Volkswagen plant union vote, through the eyes of four fictional Floridians.  

Paula Witthaus, murdered St. Pete advocate and activist, will be truly missed, says Gary Stein, who contributes a column that “raises her to the level she deserved.” She certainly deserved more than the crime story headlines she received.

What happens in Cuba is extremely important to Florida, says former state Sen. John Grant. Charlie Crist, who changed his position on Cuba so he “can always say he agreed with everyone’s position at one time or another,” is currently right on this issue, Grant adds.

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