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Today on Context Florida: Wet and soggy Tampa, Jeb Bush & blacks and abortion

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Today on Context Florida:

This summer has been wet and soggy, with rainstorms hitting Tampa nearly every day. It won’t stop. Catherine Durkin Robinson offers 10 things to do when it’s raining, besides kill each other.

Usually, Republicans get a pat on the back for just being brave enough to speak at a black organization’s annual meeting or conference. Chris Timmons says we must give Jeb Bush the obligatory props for deigning to speak to an overwhelmingly black crowd at the National Urban League recently. But Timmons adds that Bush has not thought outside of conservative banalities, requiring more than slogans in order to address them seriously. Another miss for Bush. Another miss for the GOP vision.

The first debate among the top 10 Republican candidates was on prime time Thursday. Debate is not the right word, says Bob Sparks. One issue Republicans traditionally try to avoid like the plague is also destined to come front and center. With the recent Planned Parenthood videos and the resurrected effort to end federal funding for the organization, there is no question the politics of abortion could create major headlines.

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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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