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Today on Context Florida: Valentine’s Day advice, open carry legislation, oil and gas regulation, Martin County and Hillary Clinton

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Today on Context Florida:

Catherine Durkin Robinson imparts some Valentine’s Day guidance for kids – who won’t listen anyway. Despite the appearance that (on some level) she appears to know what she’s doing, Robinson insists she does not like to give advice, but she gives it a shot anyway.

Tuesday night’s New Hampshire primary election revealed the mood of the small state’s electorate. Polls show that in many of the remaining primary and caucus states, voters in both parties are unhappy with the process of government. According to Bob Sparks, the Florida Legislature offers a more localized example of what is wrong with the process of “making the sausage.” And when it comes proposals on guns, particularly the pending legislation legalizing open carry of firearms, people are tired of political games, and are just looking for an honest conversation.

With the abrupt end of the 2015 Florida legislative session, Brewster Bevis says lawmakers left an important piece of legislation in limbo: the regulation of the onshore oil and gas industry. In 2016, the Legislature should set that right by passing good legislation regulating the oil and gas industry.

Sally Swartz notes that candidates who want to keep Martin County different from the rest of crowded South Florida have lost county commission races when two who favor robust growth run against one development-friendly contender. In past elections, the two candidates who support solid growth split the majority vote and the candidate who developers prefer coasts to victory on less than 50 percent of the vote. Because few Democrats or Independents run in Martin, most commission races are decided in the August Republican primary.

Hillary Clinton’s passion and experience are what makes her Christian Ulvert’s choice for president. Clinton’s speech Tuesday night has inspired him more than ever to double down on her campaign. She isn’t only the most qualified person to lead, Ulvert believes she offers this country a promise of real solutions matched with action.

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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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