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Today on Context Florida: Primary power, sales jobs, decoupling and traffic

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Today on Context Florida:

The power for a candidate to qualify for Florida’s Presidential Preference Primary ballot power rests solely with the Republican Party of Florida and its Chairman. In the opinion of RPOF Chair Blaise Ingoglia, this is too much power in the hands of one person or organization. Florida is one of the few states in the nation that does not have any qualifying criteria to appear on the ballot in statute or Republican Party rule.

William Steiger says the aging of the sales workforce could create a glut of open sales positions in the next five years. As sales workers retire at an increasing rate, sales companies are under pressure to play catch-up. Companies will need millennials to fill the gap, but there are varying opinions on whether they can or will fill that sales void.

Rick Scott has certainly been proactive when it comes to crisscrossing the globe in his efforts to relocate businesses and resulting jobs to Florida, writes Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association President Bill White. But because millions of taxpayer dollars are spent annually to lure various corporations to the Sunshine State through agencies such as Enterprise Florida,  it’s hard to fathom why our elected officials are entertaining the ill-advised notion of “decoupling” slot machines from horse racing, a lucrative industry that takes no public funding.

According to architect Timothy Hullihan, the proposed State Road 7 extension in Palm Beach County north to Northlake Boulevard has sparked many stories and much debate. The debate pits residents in the rural northwest against a gated golf community, so the demographic polarization keeps the discussion lively and interesting. Both camps, though, would be wise to join forces against looming developments that will make the S.R. 7 project seem a bike path by comparison.

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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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