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Today on Context Florida: Gwen Graham re-election, GOP & blacks and the Ashley Madison hack

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Today on Context Florida:

Down deep, U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham may already know whether she will run for re-election next year, says Bob Sparks. With the Florida House and Senate in agreement on the new look of her District 2 and Corrine Brown’s District 5; the writing (or map) appears to be on the wall. Graham is doing the right thing by waiting until the court makes it official.

No one should be surprised by Jeb Bush’s lackluster policy approach toward black woes, writes Chris Timmons, although one may have had hope for Bush because of his affinity for “big, hairy, audacious” ideas or the realization that he had stumbled in his initial response to the Confederate flag fracas in South Carolina. Alas, no. There was no intelligible and substantive policy because Bush is still using the Ronald Reagan mode of engagement with blacks.

Hackers went after the notorious “Life is short. Have an affair.” Ashley Madison website, which enables married or otherwise attached men and women to pursue relationships outside their union. Those hackers believed the idea behind the site was wrong and wanted to expose “cheaters.” However, this will surely end in violence, separation, ruin, and scandal for many people who don’t deserve it. Catherine Durkin Robinson says it doesn’t have to.

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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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