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Today on Context Florida: Salt Shaker, weird Republicans, do polls matter and suspect vetoes

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Today on Context Florida:

Steve Vancore applies the Salt Shaker Test to recently released findings from a poll showing strong support for two statewide ballot initiatives being proposed in Florida. The first is John Morgan’s second take on medical marijuana and the other is a $10.00 per hour minimum wage being offered by a group known as “League of Voters, Extraordinaire.”

Maybe it’s the excitement of the upcoming candidate debate, the influence of Pluto, or the infernal heat, but Diane Roberts thinks Florida Republicans are acting weirder than usual. Jeb Bush casually proposed getting rid of Medicare in front of a gaggle of older people. However, the prize for combining stupidity with brass-faced political opportunism goes to our governor. The absurd creature is demanding an investigation of Planned Parenthood in Florida, child-murdering harpies raking in millions from trading in hunks of tender baby flesh.

Peter Schorsch wonders about the half a dozen or so polls – taken 15 months out from the primaries – and asks if any of them really matter. Some do, he says, because they show some interesting trends; others don’t, because of highly suspect methodology. Schorsch points out which ones are which.

Much has been written about Gov. Rick Scott’s vetoes of member projects in the recent state budget. Although every governor has vetoed parts of the budget, Barney Bishop says that this time was unusual because the governor had only a very short window to make his vetoes known. Although he vetoed a lot of projects, it does raise a legitimate issue of whether such items should be vetoed simply because they’re member projects.

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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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