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Today on Context Florida: Numb & dumb, gun regulation and Hispanics & the economy

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Today on Context Florida:

Diane Roberts says in case there is anyone left who thinks ¿Jeb? Bush is a fine man running a fine campaign for president, his remarks after the latest mass shooting, this one in Oregon, shows that he comes up numb and dumb again. Under limp leaves of a tasteless and nutritionally void word salad, lurks something rotten and nasty: “stuff happens.”

Only an unbalanced citizen would not condemn the killings in the recent shooting in Oregon and ones in the past, says Marc Yacht. President Obama mentioned other wealthy nations and their lack of similar tragedies attributed to gun regulation. He expressed his concern that we stand alone in the frequency of these incidents among other nations. There are as many guns as people in the U.S., so it is clear, the President stated, more guns are not the answer. And he continued to argue for sensible controls.

Florida has long been a battleground state in presidential elections, writes Julio Fuentes, with Hispanic voters playing a vital role in determining the outcome. Now, more than ever, he says, proposals for improving the economy and fostering small business growth in order to generate jobs will be an important issue in the 2016 presidential campaign.

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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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