Today on Context Florida: Cronyism, nursing homes, Marco Rubio and Key West garbage

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Today on Context Florida:

For those looking for secrecy, lack of accountability and corporate cronyism, Mark Ferrulo says to look no further than the Florida Legislature. The 2014 legislative session was a masterful showcase for a “cornucopia of taxpayer handouts and political favors” that powerful corporate interests receive when they graciously open their wallets.

For people unable or unwilling to save enough money during their working days, Mark O’Brien paints an alarming future — a nursing home that is two, three, sometimes four patients to a room, with patients that are low-income folks with all sorts of problems.

Stephen L. Goldstein sees U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio as laughably uninformed, yet convinced that he and what’s left of his Tea Party supporters have been endowed by their creator with the wisdom, fortitude, and chutzpah to know how to solve everything that ails America, the planet, and outer reaches of space.

Key West city commissioners made one of those decisions that cannot be explained in anything other than snarky political sarcasm and will likely haunt the city for years to come, says Linda Grist Cunningham. They brought back twice-a-week garbage pickup, run by a company that was neither the low bidder nor the staff-recommended vendor.

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