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Today on Context Florida: Marcocito, an RPOF candidate “invite” and the real GOP debate winner

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Diane Roberts writes that near the end of the latest televised dork parade billed as a “Republican Debate,” CNN’s Jake Tapper asked each candidate what her or his Secret Service code name should be. “Gator!” said Marco Rubio. “Marcocito” received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida after a year at the obscure (and now-defunct) Tarkio College in Missouri, and another year at community college. The miasma from the Swamp seems to have affected his brain, Roberts says.

It is impossible to predict how many candidates will remain six months from now for the third GOP debate in March. According to Bob Sparks, if the Tallahassee leadership of the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) has its way, the number of candidates on the primary ballot will be determined by their response to an “invitation.” The RPOF is considering a requirement that GOP presidential candidates make an appearance at November’s Sunshine State Summit in Orlando. Under the proposal, those failing to at least make an appearance would forfeit their place on the Florida primary ballot.

Tim Bryce asks who won the GOP debate. CNN, of course, with probably the highest ratings in its history. As in the Fox News debates, the ratings can be attributed to Donald Trump, who took center stage.  Bryce still believes Trump was correct in asking the network to donate money from the profits of the telecast for a charity, such as for our veterans.

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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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