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Today on Context Florida: Hamiltonian parties, dirty hospitals and pre-K & poverty

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Today on Context Florida:

As the 21st century finds its rhythm, and the 2016 presidential contest begins to take up most of our public space, it seems clear to social commentator Clay S. Jenkinson that there two political parties in the United States, but they are both thoroughly Hamiltonian. We have what might be called the “greater Hamiltonian Party” and the “lesser Hamiltonian party.” The obscene dominance of money, political action committees, lobbyists, fundraisers, and unrestrained attack ads has essentially disenfranchised the vast majority of American citizens.

A retired licensed practical nurse, who recently spent a week as a patient at Martin Medical Center in Stuart, confirms that Sally Swartz is not the only one who’s noticed the hospital is dirty — really dirty. A couple of short stays in June showed her the cardiac care unit has at least one aggressive worker who even disinfects door handles. But other areas Swartz saw, particularly the medical center’s emergency room, remain uncomfortably grimy.

Kids need more than pre-K to overcome poverty’s obstacles, writes Shannon Nickinson. Researchers at Vanderbilt University found that although poor children benefited from the academic boost the state voluntary prekindergarten program gave them, the benefit didn’t last when they moved through elementary school.

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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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