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Today on Context Florida: Two sides of FAMU drama and Howard Beale’s moment arrives

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Today on Context Florida:

Rufus Montgomery, belligerent chair of the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees, remains unbowed, says Chris Timmons. The domineering and vexing Montgomery was asked to step down by powerful FAMU alumni on Wednesday. Usually, that might mean he’s doing his job: making sure that the university is being well run and the president is held to her contract. That is not quite it, Timmons notes.

Bob Sparks also weighs in on the FAMU drama, as it heads into its next act. He believes only one side is being told. While Montgomery is a Republican, the Democratic elected officials said their call for him to quit has nothing to do with politics. OK, Sparks says, but it is interesting that the picture some of the news outlets chose to illustrate the story was one with Montgomery walking with Jeb Bush.

If Donald Trump contributed anything to the political process during this presidential election, he has called the American voter to arms over our dysfunctional government. People are mad as hell about such things as lack of confidence in the economy; unemployment, part-time jobs, and sending jobs overseas; Illegal immigration and declining morality, among others. This leads Tim Bryce to wonder if Howard Beale’s moment finally arrived.

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