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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: Government dysfunction, Florida’s infrastructure and crude oil

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Today on Context Florida: A less-than-Special Session cost citizens nearly 700 grand, Rick Scott’s legal bills are now north of $1.5 million, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has issued more bear hunting permits than there are bears, and there is a big storm aiming for the Gulf of Mexico. Diane Roberts says that in Florida, government dysfunction is the house style. Florida depends on safe, efficient transportation to accommodate a growing population and about 100 million tourists who flock here…

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Today on Context Florida: Donald Trump, Planned Parenthood and Angela Corey

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Today on Context Florida: Whether you love him or hate him (and there really is no in-between), Steven Kurlander says one has to admit Donald Trump has established a personal brand and fortune by being extremely brash, creative, and smart: all with a very flippant attitude. Now with Trump’s run for the White House, he is redefining American politics in terms of translating his brash, contentious style into what may be an unbeatable methodology of capturing the hearts and minds of…

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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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Today on Context Florida: Scott’s conscience, taxing sunshine, healthcare conspiracy and testing reform

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Today on Context Florida: Two years ago, Gov. Rick Scott announced support for expanding access to healthcare in Florida saying he, “in good conscience,” could not deny the uninsured access to care. Fast forward to 2015 and he is opposed to a plan to close Florida’s coverage gap endorsed by the entire Florida Senate, Democrats and Republicans alike. After this latest about-face, Mark Ferrulo wonders whether Scott even has a conscience. Bruce Ritchie asks whether there is there a fair way…

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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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Today on Context Florida: Environmental disappointments, Loretta Lynch, Skip Foster and healthcare

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Today on Context Florida: What began as the “year of the environment” for the 2015 legislative session has turned into a year of disappointment for many environmentalists, says Bruce Ritchie. Amendment 1 and statewide water policy were major issues heading into the session, with growth management also emerging once the opening gavel dropped. The House-proposed spending plan includes at least $10 million for land buying – House leaders say $205 million for the Florida Forever program – while the Senate proposes…

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