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Today on Context Florida: Political prognostication, confidential applicants and tedious year-end lists

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Political prognostication is not an exact science despite what forecasters and pundits would have readers believe. Many fall somewhere between the obvious and the inane, and often take a familiar and non-threatening shape. Bold predictions are more than just simple guesswork; they are to be conversation (and argument) starters. Real analysts do not restate the obvious, like some academics, but provide a reasonable outlook on the future, as well as a fresh take on the political landscape. With that, Peter Schorsch gives his five bold predictions of what’s in store for Florida politics in 2016.

Tom O’Hara offers a New Year’s resolution every public official should make: don’t ever conduct a job candidate search and promise to keep applicants’ names confidential. The board members of the South Broward Hospital District have learned in the last few weeks that trying to circumvent Florida’s open government laws to keep applicants’ names secret is just a bad idea.

Bill Day’s latest:


The year 2015 is over, and with it was a variety of boring lists or designations put out there highlighting the best and the worst of people, songs, photos, recipes, books and the greatest and most dramatic events of the year. Steven Kurlander finds such lists and designations rather tedious and insignificant. If he were forced to pick a person of the year — this year and every year for last 24 years — it would just be the same simple choice: his wife, who has spent yet another year putting up with him. But that changed this Christmas, when Kurlander had to look up what “gender fluid” meant.

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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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