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Today on Context Florida: Political elephants, MegaNanny Lottery and “Spotlight”

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Today on Context Florida: Underneath the candidate smears that are so much a part of local and national politics, Marc Yacht says there are a number of critical issues that leave both Republicans and Democrats too far apart. Party posturing aside there is substance to both sides of each concern but an inability for friendly if not effective bipartisan discussion. The elephants in the room include the military, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and welfare. Money and debt…

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Lottery secretary’s success dwarfed by some work practices

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When it came to the bottom line, there’s no question that Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell was a success. Under her four-and-a-half year tenure, O’Connell pushed up lottery sales to nearly $6 billion through an aggressive push of scratch-off tickets and an effort to expand sales to retailers who had previously resisted selling lottery tickets. But it was the other parts of the ledger that led to her swift demise and the departure of another official in the administration of…

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