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Today on Context Florida: Solar power, Jeb Bush & education and teacher bonuses

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Today on Context Florida:

Peter Schorsch loves solar power, nearly everyone does. It is like ice cream with sprinkles, he says. So why are voters not supporting the initiative being pushed by the group known as Floridians for Solar Choice? A recent Mason-Dixon poll showed it failing miserably and to the many people Schorsch spoke with, they are genuinely confused. Only 30 percent said they would vote for it while 45 percent opposed it. How can this be? Who would vote against the ice cream of power?

Jac Wilder VerSteeg gives Jeb Bush credit for accepting the Urban League’s invitation to speak in Fort Lauderdale on Friday. He calls it a politely hostile forum. Too many other Republican candidates lacked the guts to show up. VerSteeg is also astonished that Jeb continues to cite his record on education, as if that should make him a more attractive candidate to blacks, whites, Hispanics – or anyone.

The Florida Legislature just passed a law that will award bonuses to police officers who were patrol boys or patrol girls in fifth grade. Not really, says Julie Delgal. But what they did was equally absurd. And it could be illegal, too. In last-minute budget horse-trading during the Legislature’s first Special Session this summer, Rep. Erik Fresen’s bill to tie teacher bonuses to SAT or ACT scores became law.

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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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