Today on Context Florida: Con games, criminal justice, Charlotte’s Web and sensible citizens

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Today on Context Florida:

When it comes to the “parental choice con game,” Daniel Tilson feels the need to push back against powerful groups advancing a dangerous social agenda, all while claiming it is a public service. Those interests pay “public affairs” people like Ron Matus to publicly dissemble and distort the truth for public consumption.

After a decade or more of tough love for criminals, which helped decrease Florida’s crime rate, Barney Bishop applauds the Republican-led Legislature for passing much-needed legislation on a variety of criminal-justice initiatives.

Gary Stein offers a quick quiz to see if readers truly understand the Charlotte’s Web bill lawmakers passed in the last days of the session. Getting the bill passed was a massive feat of “threading the needle” by conservative Rep. Matt Gaetz and prime co-sponsor Democrat Rep. Katie Edwards.

Whether the issue is health care, education, taxes, abortion, the media focus is on noise. Marc Yacht sees that as unfortunate, since there is lot of wise, unassuming folks with good ideas that get lost in the shuffle. He calls for Floridians to ignore the loudmouths and listen to sensible citizens.

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