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Coalition launches petition to encourage Pam Bondi to investigate insurance mergers

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A coalition of consumer and physicians’ groups isn’t backing away from its request for an investigation into insurance mergers. The Florida Campaign for Consumer Choice on Friday launched a statewide petition drive to encourage Attorney General Pam Bondi to investigate the mergers of Aetna and Humana, and Anthem and Cigna. The petition effort is the latest in a series of calls to action by the organization. “We know that 88-percent of Floridians have expressed some levels of concern regarding the…

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Today on Context Florida: Electoral College, Middle-Class Champions, sharing bathrooms and mindfulness

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Today on Context Florida: Voters don’t understand, or like, the Electoral College, says Darryl Paulson. He offers a few basic facts about the electoral-college system. First, very few voters understand how it works. Second, most voters hate the system. Third, the system is almost impossible to change. Those who drafted the Constitution had little trust in democracy. James Madison, in The Federalist Papers, wrote that unfettered majorities tend toward “tyranny.” John Adams, signer of the Declaration of Independence and second President,…

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No Florida Senate bid for Dwight Dudley as he bears down on being re-elected in HD 68

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St. Petersburg based House Democrat Dwight Dudley confirmed recently what has been common knowledge over the past month or so – that he has no intention of challenging Jeff Brandes in the state Senate District 22 seat later this year. Dudley says that if last year’s redistricting of the senate districts had turned out differently, he may have chosen to run for the Senate, but that simply didn’t happen. “If there was a seriously useful well drawn seat, but it didn’t turn out that…

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Florida activist group blasts term-limit proposal for judges

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When Pasco County Representative Richard Corcoran was elected as Speaker Designate by his fellow House Republicans in September, he seized the moment on the floor to call for enacting 12-year term limits for all judges. “We need to shake up the status quo and introduce new energy and purpose into our judicial system,” Corcoran said. “We can do this by enacting 12-year term limits for all judges. No public office — be it state representative, governor or judge — should be for life.” The day…

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Today on Context Florida: Agricultural subsidies, the gun lobby and middle class champions

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Today on Context Florida: Alan Farago says that for decades, conservatives have lamented federal subsidies in American farm policy. Strangely, the wailing falls silent south of the Georgia border. In Tallahassee, the glad-handing and back slapping by agriculture interests and supporters is ubiquitous. Farago adds that time to end implicit subsidies that enrich a few at the expense of many, which weaken environmental laws and protections that protect Floridians and future generations, is now. Eric Conrad is a Southern, white, gun-owning…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.17.15 — In N.H., Scott Walker boldly declares, ‘I’m an American’

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“I love America.” Those were the first words out of Scott Walker’s mouth on Monday night when he announced from Waukesha, Wis., that he is now the 15th official candidate in the GOP 2016 presidential sweepstakes. Since the campaign began in earnest earlier this year, Walker has been considered in the top tier of candidates who could win the nomination, and I’ve said for months that the nominee would probably be Walker, Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio. But Walker is beginning…

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Progress Florida launches oppo website for Marco Rubio’s big announcement

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After a lot of speculation, Marco Rubio officially announced on Monday he is running for president in 2016. The Florida U.S. senator becomes the third Republican to enter the race to the White House. Because Rubio took months to come to a decision, Democrats had plenty of time to prepare. In response to Rubio’s announcement, Progress Florida immediately launched WrongWayRubio.com, a website shining a spotlight on the candidate, whom they say has “a vision for America that’s out of touch”…

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