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Today on Context Florida: Smiling Marco Rubio, fracking and Democratic Tea Party

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Today on Context Florida:

Marco Rubio must be smiling, says Chris Timmons. The baby-faced U.S. senator and presidential hopeful is having the best two weeks of his life. Not only did he get needlessly razed by the arch-liberal New York Times in two attack pieces, he’s also receiving the cold shoulder by everybody’s who’s somebody in Florida’s Republican establishment. According to CNN, 11 of the 17 Republicans in Florida’s congressional delegation support Bush. Nevertheless, Rubio’s gotta be thinking: It’s 2010 all over again. And, babe, I like it!

Daniel Tilson believes Rick Scott’s Public Service Commission is telling Florida: “Frack you!” If you gag when you see your electric bill, wonder why the Sunshine State barely uses solar power, or frown at the idea of unidentified toxic chemicals being pumped into the ground under you … Tilson tells a story about why voting really does make a difference, and how it can matter so much in everyday existence.

Recently, New York Times columnist David Brooks described the group of Democrats blocking President Obama’s expanded trade authority as the “Democrats’ Tea Party.” By their rigid stance in obstructing the president from negotiating a fast-track trade agreement with Asian countries, Bob Sparks points out that Democrats are violating their own principles. By taking Big Labor’s lead in opposing such agreements, a solid argument is made that poor countries will not be helped and China will have little opposition to its economic muscle-flexing in that region. This conduct seems to describe these House Democrats as inflexible and uncompromising — terms used to normally define the Tea Party.

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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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