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Today on Context Florida: Long hot Florida summer, fix-it plans, semester goodbyes and the truth

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Today on Context Florida:

With the special session imminently upon us, it is only a warm-up to what Peter Schorsch says will be a hot political summer in Florida. He ponders 10 questions that will shape the immediate future for the state and – in some cases – the nation, including: What does Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign roll-out look like? Can Marco Rubio remain in the top-tier of presidential candidates? Is Florida ready for Hillary?

Daniel Tilson says it’s time to praise the opposition, and challenge ourselves. In preparation for 2016, the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) did itself proud with recent communications upgrades. Now let’s see if the Florida Democratic Party (FDP) can rise to the occasion with a new fix-it plan scheduled for public release next month. Tilson can already hear laughter from some quarters.

Catherine Martinez apologizes for her silence, having descended briefly into an end-of-year funk as she faces the transition from 15-hour days to long stretches of empty time. The end of the school year is always a time for goodbyes, as teachers look forward to the free time they have earned with their long hours during the school year while celebrating their students moving to another level. But this year the goodbyes are more poignant and permanent.

“The truth will set you free!” Whether a believer or doubter, none can deny the wisdom from John 8:32. Few need to heed the call more than America’s politicians, says Marc Yacht. Both parties are guilty of using lies and deceit to acquire votes and power. Such mendacity undermines American institutions and way of life. As lies go, the invasion of Iraq tops the list.

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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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