Today on Context Florida: Death penalty, session winners & losers, reproductive rights and repealing Obamacare

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Today on Context Florida:

The state of Oklahoma botched Clayton Lockett’s execution attempt so badly that it had to be interrupted shortly before a heart attack completed what needles and drugs failed to accomplish. Martin Dyckman asks why the United States persists in putting people to death by any means.

Peter Schorsch puts the last 60 days in perspective by naming the winners and losers in the 2014 legislative session, such as thrill-seeking recreationalists, Florida students and teachers, gaming interests, and Sen. Jack Latvala.

Trend analyst and author Stephen Goldstein wonders if Floridians, especially voters, are as dumb as the state’s Tea Party-Republican-dominated elected officials think they are. Will Florida women continue to do nothing while Republicans take away their health and reproductive rights?

The only reasonable solution to fix Obamacare to repeal it, says former state Sen. John Grant, something that he hopes will happen after an election or two. The mislabeled “Affordable Care Act,” he adds, though perhaps well intended, is beyond repair.

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