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Today on Context Florida: Pope Francis saves the world, Donald Trump and the phony ‘tax-cut tour’

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Today on Context Florida:

Pope Francis’s encyclical on saving the world — “our common home” — from what we are doing to it is a powerful appeal to everyone, not just to those who belong to the church he leads. The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism — the denomination of Martin Dyckman — praised Francis for having “shone a Catholic spotlight on an issue of importance to people of all faiths and no faith around the world. …” Regrettably, there is a small but conspicuous audience unwilling to hear it, composed of people who look in the mirror and think they see a Republican president.

When billionaire Donald Trump entered the race for the 2016 Republican nomination for president, Steven Kurlander, like many political junkies, initially met his announcement with great skepticism. In other words, Trump is nothing more than a political “assclown,” a very wealthy demagogue who can put his campaign money where his mouth is. But when Kurlander read Trump’s recent announcement, and changed his mind. Trump may be the right candidate at the right time, he says, and very good for politics indeed.

Daniel Tilson, through an imaginary “dialogue” between Rick Scott and a constituent, shows that the governor is simply phoning it in with his 2015 tax-cutting “victory tour.”

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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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