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Today on Context Florida: Daniel Tilson, tax cuts, abuse-deterring opioids and volunteer month

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Today on Context Florida: Political columnists write stories, says Daniel Tilson. They’re not supposed to be stories. Tilson reflects on some takeaways from his home visit by Rick Scott’s FDLE. Wrong-minded and ridiculous on so many levels. But here’s the thing … the decision to take that action and the action itself, to whatever extent meant to be intimidation, or not, brought the Law of Unintended Consequences into play, big time. Florida’s tax-cutter-in-chief is at it again, notes Janelle Irwin. After…

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Columnist Daniel Tilson gets a surprise home visit from FDLE

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Editor’s note: The following is a first-person account from Context Florida columnist Daniel Tilson. After getting home from shooting video for a client today, I found a business card shoved in my front door. Much to my surprise, it had the name and contact info of an FDLE inspector on it. Remember FDLE, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement? That’s the one run with distinction for so many years by Commissioner Gerald Bailey … until he refused to play along…

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New poll says plurality of Floridians think Rick Scott acted politically in ‘Baileygate’ controversy

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A new survey from St. Leo University shows that a plurality of Floridians believe Rick Scott’s controversial sacking of FDLE head Gerald Bailey was political in nature. Thirty-seven percent of those asked in the poll say that the governor acted to punish Bailey for Bailey’s reluctance to aid in Scott’s re-election campaign and the change was mainly politically motivated. Forty-seven percent of Democrats felt that way, and 41 percent of independents do as well. A plurality of Republicans — 29 percent — say they’re aware of “Baileygate,” but…

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