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Today on Context Florida: Gwen Graham, terminal democracy, free speech and MLB playing fair

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Today on Context Florida:

Peter Schorsch suggests the reason why Gwen Graham might be biding her time before endorsing fellow Democrat Patrick Murphy, who is seeking Marco Rubio’s U.S. Senate seat. Rumor has it that Graham awaiting at least one more court ruling on reapportionment because there might be a chance the courts could throw out the congressional maps and create an east-west seat. This district would essentially squeeze Graham out of her little slice of North Florida Way paradise. Then, the logic goes, why shouldn’t she take a shot at the U.S. Senate seat herself?

Current American politics makes Martin Dyckman ask, why bother. There are symptoms of what history will likely call the terminal illness of American democracy. Public policy is perpetually on sale to those who can most afford it. It’s no wonder that so many of those who can’t pay to play don’t see any point in voting.

Testing the First Amendment’s limits has always been an important act in ensuring democratic rule in this country, says Steven Kurlander. However, this week’s killing of what now is claimed by ISIS to be two of their “Al Khilafa soldiers” who tried to attack a Prophet Muhammad Cartoon contest sponsored by Pamela Geller and the American Freedom Defense Initiative raises the question of whether tolerance of such ‘free speech’ have gone too far.

Richard Lapchick wonders if we are playing fair when it comes to sports. The 2015 Major League Baseball Racial and Gender Report Card recently released by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport shows the league had an A on the issue of racial hiring practices, a C/C+ for gender hiring practices and an overall grade of B.

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