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Today on Context Florida: Resigning the GOP, war on women and railing against rail

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Today on Context Florida:

San Francisco-based attorney Scott Weese is resigning from the Republican Party. The GOP has finally gone too far, he says, and at this point he sees nothing of what he believes in any of the viable presidential candidates. The front-runner’s campaign slogan of “Heil Trump” is simply the last straw. Weese says he cannot understand how anyone can threaten the rights of anyone on the basis of their religion. To threaten to intimidate them for their worship, to threaten to single them out with special laws. He cannot understand how, in the face of such unconstitutional, evil, shameful ideas, the GOP has not banished these troglodytes from the party. The tent is not big enough for the resurrection of Fascism, and for Weese.

The publisher of Julie Delegal’s hometown newspaper has declared there’s no war on women. Frank Denton’s recent column in The Florida Times-Union, “Political buzzwords we could do without,” was edifying for the most part. Delegal believes he made good points about retiring phrases, most of them martial in nature that polarize the electorate and trivialize the most horrible events in human history. The words “holocaust” and “slavery,” she agrees, should not be uttered lightly or in vain. But Delegal bristled at Denton’s sweeping declaration that there’s no “war on women,” disagreeing with the idea that the most personal decisions in men and women’s lives – whether or when to have children – are “excellent subjects for civil discourse.”

Sally Swartz says the fight to stop All Aboard Florida from ruining Treasure Coast downtowns and neighborhoods, slowing ambulances and endangering pedestrians at railway crossings is far from over. In fact, she points out, a spokesman for Citizens Against Rail Expansion (CARE FL) said his group of 15,000 already has raised and spent $1.4 million and is working to raise another $1 million. The money adds to the $1.4 million Martin County has provided and the $2.4 million Indian River County kicked in to fight the proposed railway expansion.

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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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