Today on Context Florida: Florida Constitution, D-Day, Alzheimer’s and redistricting

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Today on Context Florida:

The Florida Constitution now has all the moral weight of a dry-cleaning ticket, says Stephen Goldstein. That is not the way that venerable document is usually perceived or how it is supposed to be perceived. Yet, to be honest, that is just the way it is — or how it has devolved.

This June, many have come to recall and honor the sacrifices of those who, 70 years ago, landed both from the ocean and from the air on Normandy Beach during D-Day. Former state Sen. John Grant is honored to be among them.

Gov. Rick Scott signed a record-sized state budget for Florida last week; Peter Schorsch notes that it included record-sized wins for the Alzheimer’s community. The creation of the Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program will fund and promote in-state breakthroughs through a peer-reviewed grant process.

To Martin Dyckman, nothing so clearly shows the difference between theory and practice as the notion that Americans choose their elected representatives. For the politicians to build and feather their own nests –through redistricting – is akin to letting one’s children run the household — only more serious.

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