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Today on Context Florida: Alimony bill veto, America’s future, more stuff and Florida’s economy

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Today on Context Florida: Brian Burgess believes that Rick Scott should veto the alimony bill because it’s the ‘right thing to do.’ With Scott as governor, Burgess says he has largely lived up to expectations as a social conservative, albeit one whose primary focus is on the economic, rather than social issues that affect Florida’s families. Now, he is being asked to sign off on a similar bill that would also apply retroactively to Florida families and children, changing the rules…

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Today on Context Florida: Public records, forfeitures, scam artists, Key West housing and risks & reward

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Today on Context Florida: They call us the Sunshine State, but Diane Roberts says Florida’s government prefers to operate in the shadows. Like vampire bats, cockroaches and mold spores. If you can’t see what the government is doing, you can’t fight it. That explains the 74 public records exemption bills before the Legislature this session. Yes, Robert says, there are 74 new attacks on your right to know what’s going on. There’s CS/HB 905, the Matt Gaetz Mug Shot Relief Act,…

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Today on Context Florida: Capital punishment, Columba Bush and blindly following ‘green’

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Today on Context Florida: A new voice has emerged in the debate about capital punishment, and, in one respect, Julie Delegal says it echoes a very old one. Marc Hyden is a former field director for the National Rifle Association — sealing forever his street cred as a deep-dyed conservative. His new gig is coordinating a group that rose from the ground up, in CPAC meetings around the country: Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty. Columba Bush writes about the 27th anniversary…

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Today on Context Florida: Donald Trump — comedian or candidate, Botox and International Year of Light

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Today on Context Florida: Donald Trump understands that when running for office any news is good news, Marc Yacht writes.  A campaign manager will argue that garnering media attention will improve name recognition and such attention means votes. No candidate gains more successful press attention than presidential hopeful Donald Trump. But as a serious presidential candidate, though, Yacht says the nation would fare better if he keeps his day job. After sending her best friend a selfie, Catherine Durkin Robinson received…

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