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August 25, 2013

Context Florida launches

From Saint Petersblog:

Launching online today is Context Florida, a statewide opinion network focused on Florida politics and public affairs. The non-profit project is the brainchild of Peter Schorsch, the executive editor of SaintPetersBlog, one of the most influential political websites in Florida.

Context Florida will produce original commentary from a stable of respected, veteran journalists, as well as several leading new media voices and will be edited by Thomas O’Hara, formerly the managing editor of The Palm Beach Post and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Schorsch and O’Hara, as well as many of the columnists writing for Context Florida, contributed to the Florida Voices website.

Among those who will be published on Context Florida are Barney Bishop, former Miami Herald editor Doug Clifton, Julie Delegal, Sen. Dan Gelber, blogger Ben Kirby, Steve Kurlander, former Tampa Bay Times deputy editor of editorials Martin Dyckman, former Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp, Rick Outzen, Dr. Ed Moore, political scientist Dr. Darryl Paulson, Democratic strategists Steve Schale and Ashley Walker, Andrew Skeritt, Patrick Slevin, Florence Snyder, and Republican political consultant Bob Sparks.

From possible juggernaut to punchline of joke, Florida Democrats struggle


With a 500,000 edge in registered voters and a victory by President Barack Obama’s well-organized campaign in the state, the Florida Democratic Party had all the makings of a possible political juggernaut at the start of the year.

Last week, however, it looked like a joke.

The party’s Florida Chief Financial Officer candidate, Allie Braswell, withdrew Monday just days after announcing his bid. Braswell quit after Jacksonville’s Florida Times-Union reported he had a few bankruptcies in his past — a damaging bit of history for someone running to manage the finances of the fourth most-populous state in the nation.

“The bright spotlight of a statewide campaign has cast the ups and downs of my life into harsh relief, and I now know that this campaign is not the way I was meant to serve my community,” Braswell said in a written statement.

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