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Today on Context Florida: Richard Corcoran, Iowa redistricting and the GOP debate

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Today on Context Florida:

Speaker-Designate Richard Corcoran is poised to take over the reins of the Florida House of Representatives for the 2016-2018 term. Former state Rep. Mike Fasano has known him for more than 30 years and says finer public servant than Corcoran would be hard to find. He has the skills, abilities and Tallahassee “know-how” to be an effective leader. He knows how to “get the job done,” Fasano adds.

In the far-from-perfect world of politics, Martin Dyckman says there is a place that (in one respect) is as near to perfection as anyone could expect. The model state is Iowa, home of the world’s most overrated political caucuses and the most respected redistricting system. The Legislature and governor have the last word on both sets of plans, but – this is important – they do not have the first word.

First off, Tim Bryce says not to expect a loud verbal tirade against Donald Trump by any of the other candidates during the second GOP debate. They now know if they offer a visceral attack, and Trump returns fire, Trump’s ratings will go up, not theirs. That’s because the public now perceives Trump as the voice of the people, a group mad as hell about how our government is being run. Let’s hope that unlike the Fox debate, this one will be about substance, not character, Bryce adds.

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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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