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Today on Context Florida: Political gamesmanship, extremists, Rick Scott and mentoring

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Today on Context Florida:

What a week. We witnessed some remarkable political gamesmanship when the House adjourned three days early. What will happen to those bills involving Speaker Steve Crisafulli’s top priority of water policy, or film incentives, fracking, Uber and Scott’s tax-cut package? Will any be added to the call for special session? Bob Sparks wonders if these new moves will jump-start budget negotiations.

Conservative extremists disabled our Florida Legislature this week, says Daniel Tilson. House Speaker Crisafulli rocked the ship of state and shocked many of his GOP colleagues when he abruptly adjourned the 2015 session several days early. Tilson believes Florida should shun this radicalism of Scott and House Republicans.

Scott continues to build a record that no successor should be allowed to emulate, writes Martin Dyckman. Twenty-one times now, the governor has rejected lawyers recommended by the Florida Bar for seats on some of Florida’s 26 judicial nominating commissions. Scott’s behavior signifies something sinister. He plainly wants to make sure that there won’t be even a single voice of dissent whenever he wants to put a particular someone — Pam Bondi, perhaps? — on the bench.

Catherine Durkin Robinson says it would be great if people took life lessons and slightly embarrassing moments and helped a young kid avoid similar mistakes. In a neighborhood school, right this second, is a teenager who is about to make some bad choices, dropping out before he or she graduates, and you can help stop it.

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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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