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Today on Context Florida: Jeff Atwater, crazy conservatives and Kevin McCarthy

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Today on Context Florida:

Peter Schorsch says imagine you are a well-heeled, card-carrying member of Florida’s Republican establishment. With an already a difficult election cycle, such as choosing between supporting Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio for president, Jeff Atwater is making the election cycle even more difficult. Florida’s CFO was indeed considering entering the race after earlier this year declaring that he would not run. And the Republican establishment is peeved.

Autumn has arrived, and Diane Roberts calls it the season when conservatives seem to ramp up the crazy. Maybe college football gets them so riled up they can’t handle reality. Or maybe it’s the semi-annual almost-not-quite-government-shutdown. That certainly impels U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz into a bountiful harvest of hissy fits. Maybe cooler weather makes them frisky — in a deranged sort of way.

Soon-to-be-former Speaker John Boehner sure knows how to make news, says Bob Sparks. Now a new speaker will be chosen next week. U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the current majority leader, is favored to win. Some wonder what chance do the conservatives have to deny McCarthy the position. The short answer is “not much,” but some.

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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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