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Today on Context Florida: Hillary’s inevitability, Uniform Crime Reports, litigation and conservation land

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Today on Context Florida:

Emily’s List emailed Martin Dyckman to ask whether he wants to help elect a “pro-choice Democratic woman president.” Yes, he replied, if it’s Elizabeth Warren. They never emailed back. Dyckman believes that if Hillary Clinton’s aura of inevitability isn’t punctured fairly soon, the Democrats can look forward to one of those Titanic moments – when everyone realizes the ship is sinking and nothing can save it.

Uniform Crime Reports are what every law enforcement agency turns in to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and ultimately to the FBI, for a snapshot of crime in a community. Shannon Nickinson believes both the Pensacola Police Department and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office are taking advantage of short-term statistical quirks to promote headlines of reduced local crime.

Tom Feeney, president of Associated Industries of Florida, worries about the effect of litigation on business growth. He says the time is now to make sure the same set of laws apply to everyone, something good for both businesses and the people of Florida.

Bruce Ritchie asks how much conservation land is enough for Florida. The answer isn’t “we have too much already” or “as much as possible.” The answer is the story of Florida’s future that’s still unfolding – just as it continues to do so in expanding neighborhoods.

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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 His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, 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 and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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