Today on Context Florida: David Jolly, immigrants, the richest rich and Herbalife

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Today on Context Florida:

U.S. Rep. David Jolly believes in the radical notion that Congress should work. Congress should govern. And Congress should work more, not less. So what do we do? First, we return to regular order. We return to legislating. Bills should be fully heard in committee. Members of both parties should be permitted to offer amendments and to be heard.

Adam Weinstein notes that last week, Rick Scott’s state surgeon general shot off an “urgent” letter to federal authorities expressing sweaty nervousness over the threat to “health and safety of Florida communities” posed by “those children from the border who may have come through the flawed federal system.” It was groundless. It was perplexing.

For decades, America has suffered from a love-fest for the richest rich — and hot-air promises for the poor and middle class, writes Stephen Goldstein. And, even though Republican economic policies have failed the nation as a whole, proponents have blamed Democrats, primarily for not cutting spending.

To Ximena Bentancourt, Herbalife has been life changing — physically, financially, emotionally and spiritually. Now Bill Ackman, a billionaire hedge-fund manager, is threatening what she – along with almost 55,000 other Floridians – have worked so hard to build. Ackerman is on a crusade to destroy Herbalife, claiming that it is nothing more than a pyramid scheme.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.