Today on Context Florida: Bergdahl, VA lawsuit, Little Brother and Citizens probe

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Today on Context Florida:

The GOP loves the Bowe Bergdahl case, says Doug Clifton, since it is another in the parade of Republican-inflated controversies designed to discredit Obama. The president will continue to take his lumps on this one, justifiably or not, but it will not go on forever.

Bob Sparks wonders if a Florida pollster would seek public opinion on the lawsuit by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) against the Veterans Administration for blocking state access to VA facilities located in Florida. Some will consider Rick Scott and AHCA’s actions in the best interest of veterans, while some will call it strictly political. For veterans needing medical care for which they are entitled, the response is contained in two words: Who cares?

Shannon Nickinson notes that Cory Doctorow’s “Little Brother,” which touches on growing up with a level of anxiety about terrorism, was too much for freshmen and sophomores at Pensacola’s Booker T. Washington High School, according to principal Dr. Michael Roberts. He limited the book to juniors and above for the summer reading list, for language and overtones he didn’t think were appropriate for younger students. The move gained notoriety when Doctorow posted a YouTube message to the students at Washington, expressing his dismay at Roberts’ decision.

Florida’s state-run insurer, Citizens Property Insurance Corp., is due for another investigation, says Dan Krassner executive director of the non-profit Integrity Florida. This necessary review follows a report of the “revolving door of Citizens executives to companies with contracts raises questions” by Mary Ellen Klas of the Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times.

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