Today on Context Florida: UF early voting, residency “fetish,” castles & civilization and consensus building

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Today on Context Florida: College kids are the new target for Gov. Rick Scott’s “enduring, unethical” efforts to make it difficult to vote in Florida, writes Daniel Tilson, by denying the University of Florida student union to be designated an early voter site.

Martin Dyckman believes that a residency requirement for elected officials is a “fetish” in the United States, as opposed to Britain, where residents from other Commonwealth nations can be hold office. Uncoupling residency requirements with holding office lessen the effects of gerrymandering, he writes.

Florida is not a “castle,” writes Julie Delegal about the Michael Dunn murder trial. Residents have a right to protect his or her castle, but we all share the public space. It is a concept used to be known as civilization.

Alex Sink is a consensus builder, which is why John Grant supported her as Chief Financial Officer. But running for Congress, she will have no choice but to be “joined at the hip” with President Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. Liberals have flocked to Pinellas County to get another seat, not elect a consensus builder.

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