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Today on Context Florida: Jeb Bush alternative, school choice political hardball, disease & decay, and Jeff Brandes

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Today on Context Florida:

As Jeb Bush struggles to stay above the margin of error national polls, Peter Schorsch — a Bush supporter — might be in the market for a new candidate. He still believes there’s a possibility Bush can pull out of this tailspin, and wants to remain committed to the person who did great things while Governor Florida. However, as an establishment Republican he’s left with three choices — John Kasich, Marco Rubio and Chris Christie — and Schorsch is leaning toward Christie.

Julie Delegal gives fair warning to Duval School Board members: they should get ready for school-privatization proponents, who play hardball politics with local school board members who disagree with “choice” initiatives.

Bill Day’s latest:

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Catherine Robinson relates a series recent medical tests, to “probe and prod our inner regions in search of disease and decay.” As she underwent her first annual breast-MRI, the procedure itself didn’t seem like a big deal. They inject her with contrast, wheel her into a long tube, and take pictures of her breasts. Take away the contrast, and Robinson says it sounds a lot like Lollapalooza back in ’91.

As a member of the Florida Democratic Party since I he registered to vote at 18, Ben Pollara never voted for, nor given money to, a Republican running for a partisan office. He describes his political state of mind as “hyperpartisan.” But the other day, Pollara contributed $1,000 — the maximum under Florida law — to state Sen. Jeff Brandes’ re-election campaign, and he could not have been happier to do so.

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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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