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Carlos Guillermo Smith, Amy Mercado say special session needed to end cannabis legal limbo

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Saying that the current limbo of law is bad for doctors and patients, Democratic state Reps. Carlos Guillermo Smith and Amy Mercado pleaded with Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Legislature leaders to call a special session to deal with medical marijuana. “We are here because 71 percent of Florida voters approved the constitutional right to medical cannabis. But we also are here because unfortunately once again Tallahassee politicians have thwarted the will of the people and they have refused to…

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Today on Context Florida: ‘good’ report bad news, Confederate Christmas and needle-exchange

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Today on Context Florida: When is a “good” job growth report bad news, asks Dan Tilson. When it’s about Florida, and serves both to burnish Gov. Rick Scott’s ginned-up “job creator” status, and further the creation of a new socioeconomic order in the state. The ADP Research Institute June report places Florida second nationally with almost 32,000 new private-sector jobs created. On the face of it, that seems like good news. But strip away the face value of such statistics, and…

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Today on Context Florida: NBA social consciousness, symbolism of The 4th and Confederate flag must go

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Today on Context Florida: Richard Lapchick, director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, offers his National Basketball Association all-star team of social conscience. The NBA has always led other leagues on best hiring practices both for people of color and women, and has been the most progressive with its policies and impact on communities. So it’s not surprising that basketball is Lapchick’s favorite sport. As we prepare to celebrate the holiday formally called Independence Day but more commonly…

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Today on Context Florida: Legislative dysfunction, Jeb & race, public shaming, shrinkage and affordable housing

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Today on Context Florida: The Florida Senate and several communities hoping to receive state money for local projects or programs are unhappy, says Bob Sparks. The public food fight between legislative chambers and the governor was an embarrassment that could have serious ramifications. Florida Republicans are giving the Democratic National Committee a layup of an opportunity to portray both legislative chambers and executive leadership as dysfunctional. All they need are news clips from the past four months. So Jeb! didn’t know.…

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Today on Context Florida: Six degrees, Jeb Bush, Alberto Iber and community college & STEM

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Today on Context Florida: Gary Stein notes that for years, people have been playing games like “six degrees of Kevin Bacon” to prove the fact that anything is eventually connected to everything. The budget process in Tallahassee is like a game, too. In fact, it is like several games rolled into one. It is one part poker, one part fencing, one part chess and one part big sliding puzzle. Martin Dyckman says to hear Jeb Bush talk about Social Security is…

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